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Monday, May 29, 2006

Trends in Family Travel

Caribbean travel fits right into some survey results we just received from American Express Travel agents. The survey of agents revealed some interesting travel trends for this summer:

• Family travel is on the rise
• family vacations are expanding beyond the traditional getaways to include newer, broader, more active and meaningful travel plans
• top motivators for family travel include the desire to introduce children to different cultures, customs and lifestyles, to experience new things together and create lasting memories.
And just who is taking these family trips? The bookings have grown beyong Mom, Dad and the kids:

• 81% of agents are booking family vacations consisting of multi-generational trips that include grandparents.
• 69% of agents are seeing grandparents traveling exclusively with their grandchildren
• 69% are seeing adult children traveling with their parents
• 67% often book family and family friends traveling together as one large group
The travel agents are also seeing trends in what the family vacation consists of:

• 62% are booking more outdoor, adventure family vacations
• 57% are booking more international family vacations
• 49% see cruising as a growing trend in family travel
• 64% are seeing a rise in mother-daughter getaways
• 36% see an increase in father-son travel
And just where are all those family travelers going on their international trips? London, Rome and Paris take top spots but the three other popular international destinations named in the survey are Cancun, Mexico, Nassau in the Bahamas, and San Jose, Costa Rica.


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