This week in travel industry statistics, new surveys provided valuable insights into money-saving destinations to share with clients looking for an inexpensive getaway.
Top Money-Saving Fall and Thanksgiving Destinations
Fly.com has unveiled a slate of new research ranking the average cost of flights to popular fall vacation spots in 2013 against 2014 prices. With the exception of Dallas, the only destinations experiencing cheaper fares this fall are located in the western United States.
Most and Least Expensive Foodie Cities in the U.S.
WalletHub has analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities to find the most and least economical foodie scenes in the country.
The report examined 18 key metrics, ranging from the cost of groceries to the number of restaurants per capita.
Travel Agencies’ Air Sales Ahead of 2013
ARC reports that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 4.78 percent year-over-year in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period last year, totaling $70.6 billion versus $67.3 billion in 2013.
American Express Forecasts Expansion of Meetings in 2015
Meetings are expected to play a critical role in a return to business fundamentals in 2015, according to the American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast. The trend should help drive the long-term health of the industry.
AMEX says following a period of economic recovery for the meetings industry as well as new budget pressures in 2014, 2015 meeting budgets are likely to show positive movement, either through growth or less of a decline than was seen previously.
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This is due to powerful drivers, such as compliance, global expansion, and standardized processes that can help to reduce risk and elevate the visibility and strategic importance of meetings programs within companies, the study reports.
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