Memorial Day travel bookings up 122% over last year as travel rebounds | WWTI

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(WWTI) – May 7 is National Tourism Day, the last day of National Travel and Tourism Week, highlighting the travel industry’s contributions to economic growth in the United States.

According to AAA, many aspects of travel are rebounding. AAA Travel booking data shows that Memorial Day flight, rental car, cruise and hotel bookings are up 122% over last year.

This year’s theme, “The Future of Travel”, highlights how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, drive sustainability, usher in new innovations and reconnect travelers in the United States and around the world.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established by Congress in 1983 to elevate the economic power of travel in the United States, making it the 39th annual celebration as the industry looks to future growth and success after the challenges of the last two years.

“AAA Western and Central New York is thrilled to see travel rebound as we work to strengthen the tourism industry and economy,” said Carol DiOrio, vice president of travel at AAA Western and Central New York. “This National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re shining a light on how travel benefits our workforce, supports global economies, and reconnects Americans to each other and to the world.”

“NTTW takes on special significance this year as the travel industry looks to a bright future,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the travel industry in the United States and how we are rebuilding ourselves to be more vibrant, innovative, sustainable and inclusive in the months and years to come.

“Before the pandemic, travel generated $2.6 trillion in economic output, supported 17 million American jobs, and generated a $51 billion trade surplus in the United States, evidence of the outsized role the industry will play in America’s recovery and future economic growth,” said Dow.

AAA Western and Central New York Celebrates National Travel & Tourism Week Further as Recipient of 2021 Allianz Partners Top Club Award for Mid-Size AAA Clubs, Driven by Company Results in 2021 for Overall Sales and year-over-year growth as travelers increasingly turn to travel insurance to protect their vacation investments.

AAA Travel Sales Consultants were recognized for their achievements as AAA Western and Central New York received the 2021 Allianz Partners Top Club Award. Pictured L-R: Mary McIntosh (AAA Watertown), Terri Cummings (AAA Orchard Park), Mamie Cimato (AAA Amherst) and Geri Van Alstine (AAA DeWitt). Absent from photo: Tracey Miller (AAA Penfield/AAA Plus Virtual Team).

A recent AAA survey finds that one-third, 31%, of US travelers say they are more likely to purchase travel insurance for their planned trips by the end of 2022, particularly due to the pandemic.

The ability to cancel a trip and get a refund is by far the most frequently cited benefit of travel insurance, with 69% of travelers saying it’s most important to them when considering travel insurance for an upcoming trip. AAA advises travelers to look into travel insurance policies that include a “cancel for any reason” component, which could provide more flexibility and protection in case a traveler needs to cancel their trip.

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