NEW YORK CITY -- Audrey Hendley, vice president of marketing for Amex Consumer Travel Network, says the most popular region for international travel is Latin America, with Belize and Argentina leading the pack. “We are seeing more and more people going to Belize and Argentina simply because they offer great quality for a very affordable price,” she says.
Despite U.S. economy woes, American Express Consumer Travel Network saw a 13-percent spike in business for the first quarter of 2008. At Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts Forum Thursday, Lynne Biggar, senior vice president and general manager of the Amex Consumer Travel Network, told Travel Agent that people are still taking trips, they’re just doing it differently. “People are going on shorter trips, staying at affordable resorts, are spending a little less, but they’re still traveling,” Biggar said.