US travel and tourism reports


Title 1 : Singles and Travel in the United States

Some 87 million adults in the U.S. are single, most being younger and having the time, freedom and resources to invest heavily in leisure travel. This study of single travelers is framed by an overview of their demographics, and of several relevant trends in the travel industry. Also examined are middle-aged working singles and older retired singles, offering an overview of attitudes to different aspects of travel and travel planning. Length of trips, the number of hotel stays, amount spent and the activities undertaken when on a vacation vary greatly among these different single groups.
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Title 2 : Gay/Lesbian Travel in the United States

Defining the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) consumers could result in a windfall for the mainstream travel industry, which has been experiencing a period of slowed growth. This consumer research confirms that the LGBT travelers are traveling often and spending more on travel. In 2003, LGBT travelers reported spending 25% more on leisure travel than heterosexual travelers. Ninety-six percent of respondents had taken at least one short leisure trip in the previous year (compared to just 56% of mainstream travelers) and 98% of respondents indicated that a destination’s gay-friendly reputation influenced their decision to visit.
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Title 3 : Families & Travel in the United States

To address challenges in the travel market, this report aims to offer a comprehensive view of family travel (travel habits of adults with children). Research includes attitudes to hotels, travel magazines and car rental; average spend; choice of destination; participation in leisure activities; and reasons for not taking more leisure trips.
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Title 4 : Couples and Travel in the United States

The travel industry has been challenged by a variety of negative drivers in the new millennium, including slowed economic growth and dramatically heightened concerns about security, war, terrorism, and disease. Between 2000 and 2003, domestic business travel fell by 15%, airline travel by 14%, and international travel to the U.S. was down by 21%. Since 2003, however, virtually all sectors of the travel industry have experienced growth.

This report addresses the travel habits and attitudes of American couples, on topics such as travel preferences and planning; foreign and domestic travel; rental cars; lodging; and air travel. Because this time is a precarious one for the travel industry, it is especially important for supplies to understand the changing behavior of leisure travelers. With the information and analysis in this report, suppliers will be prepared to make sound business judgements in a rapidly evolving market.
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Title 5 : Honeymoon Travel in the United States

Although the overall marriage rate is the lowest it has been for more than 40 years, 88% of Americans get married at least once in their lives. In 2004, one out of every 64 Americans got married, or 4.6 million men and women wed as 2.3 million couples per the National Center for Health Statistics. The figure of 2.3 million marriages has held relatively steady for the last decade. This translates into almost 44,000 weddings each week or 6,200 weddings daily for the last ten years.
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