Americans Plan to Travel in Fall Season

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Americans Plan to Travel in Fall Season

08/21/2008
NEWTON, Mass. -- After surveying 1,900 global travelers, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, announced the results of its annual fall travel survey, which found that after a summer of "staycations," 82 percent of U.S. respondents said they are gearing up for leisurely travel this fall, a 12 percent increase from last year.

Meanhwile, 26 percent of U.S. respondents said they will travel more this autumn than last, while 49 percent intend to travel the same amount as one year ago. Additionally, 58 percent of travelers said they plan to fly this autumn for their leisure travel, while 48 percent plan to drive.

"Fall is shaping up to be a strong season for TripAdvisor travelers and even a modest drop at the gas pump, fuels their enthusiasm," Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor, said in a released statement.

A total of 29 percent of U.S. respondents plan to take more car trips this fall than they would have if gas was still at its summer high prices. According to 22 percent of respondents, convenience was the top reason Americans will travel this autumn, while 17 percent pointed to fewer tourists and crowds.

Furthermore, 31 percent of U.S. respondents said they will travel for Labor Day weekend, nearly equal to 30 percent who said they traveled last Labor Day weekend. In addition, 67 percent plan to drive for Labor Day weekend, while 26 percent intend to fly.