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War Survey Indicates Record Number of Americans Traveling Domestically

April 10, 2003

War Survey Indicates Record Number of Americans Traveling Domestically
A new War Impact Survey released by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) proves 81 percent of Americans still plan on traveling this spring and summer and most are interested in drive-time trips throughout the United States.

The survey also indicates 71 percent of Americans do not intend to venture overseas this year, with 31 percent of those respondents saying it is a direct result of the war and the weak economy. However, Canada received strong interest from those travelers surveyed.

Several travel trends arose from the results of the survey, including travel closer to home and last-minute bookings. In fact, of those travelers who made vacation changes due to the weak economy, 43 percent planned to stay closer to home, 41 percent delayed planning their spring or summer trip and 37 percent are taking shorter vacations. Additionally, the desire to travel by air is down, as 28 percent plan to avoid airline travel.

The survey was the first in a series, conducted March 20-25 via the Web with 1,200 online Americans.

For more on the War Impact Survey, TIA.org.

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