CCRA Reports Increase In Agents' International Hotel Bookings

graphCCRA Travel Solutions reports the top five domestic and international spring 2013 vacation destinations based on travel agent hotel bookings made through the distribution channel. 

CCRA also reports a 21.2 percent year over year increase in spring international hotel bookings, suggesting that travel agents are booking significantly more hotel stays in popular Europe vacation destinations this spring compared to 2012, CCRA notes.

According to recent statistics (data pulled on March 5), the following cities have received the highest number of hotel bookings from travel professionals for spring arrivals between March 1 - May 31, 2013:

The Top 5 U.S. Cities:  1. Las Vegas, 2. Orlando, 3. New Orleans, 4.  Fort Lauderdale, 5.     New York

The Top 5 International Cities: 1. Paris, 2. London, 3. Rome, 4. Barcelona, 5.  San Juan – New to this Top 5 International Cities List

Other spring 2013 trends based on a year over year comparison of hotel bookings made by agents via the reservations portal, include the following:

·      A 21.2 Percent Increase In International Hotel Bookings

·      A 8.6 Percent Increase in U.S. Hotel Bookings

·      New to the 2013 "Top 10 International Cities" List: Puerto Vallarta & Cancun

·      New to the 2013 "Top 10 US Cities" List: Washington, DC

"CCRA continues to closely monitor the top destinations worldwide that are driving travel agent business to further support our company’s international expansion efforts and enhance our travel agent offerings," said Dic Marxen, president and CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions. 

"Over the past year, we have significantly expanded CCRA's global footprint, both in the number of new CCRA Global Network Partners and their affiliated travel agencies, as well as in the addition of several leading international hotel brands now participating in our 2013 negotiated rate hotel program. We credit much of the reported increase in spring 2013 hotel bookings made through, to the growing number of our global hotel partners that offer travel agents highly competitive rates and commissions," Marxen said.

New international hotel brands that are participating in CCRA's 2013 Hotel Program include: Design Hotels, NH Hotels and Guoman Thistle Hotels. CCRA reports it has also expanded product offerings from Carlson Rezidor and Accor.


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