Gift certificates toward travel of any kind remain the top-selling holiday gift among Travel Leaders (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates) agencies throughout the U.S., according to a recent survey of 415 agents, managers and owners. Travel Leaders reports that, given the tremendous savings now available, other top holiday gifts include vacations to specific all-inclusive resorts, tour packages for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, airline tickets and cruise-related offerings.
“For the third year in a row, our Travel Leaders agencies across the country have told us that the most popular holiday gift they’re selling is the extraordinarily versatile gift certificate,” noted Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders, which includes 500 locations from coast to coast. “The best reason for giving a travel gift certificate is they enable your loved ones to use them toward discovering their own personal experiences, no matter where in the world they’d like to go. Plus, since they’re available in virtually any denomination, they’re perfect for those scrambling at the last minute to find the ideal gift.”
When Travel Leaders experts were asked, “For customers purchasing travel as holiday gifts for others, what are they purchasing?” gift certificates were cited by 53.49 percent of the respondents. Rounding out the top five were: All-inclusive resorts– 6.27 percent; Tour packages– 3.86 percent; Airline tickets– 3.37 percent and Cruise-related– 3.37 percent. The Travel Leaders network is part of Travel Acquisitions Group, which includes The Travel Franchise Group.