Travel reservations for Memorial Day are up 122% year over year as travel recovers

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

According to the AAA, many aspects of travel are recovering. Booking data from AAA Travel shows that reservations for flights, rental cars, cruises and hotels for Memorial Day are up 122% year over year.

This year’s Future of Travel theme showcases how the travel industry can restore the workforce, help communities recover, promote sustainability, initiate new innovations and reconnect travelers across the United States and around the world.

National Travel and Tourism Week was established by Congress in 1983 to boost the economic power of travel in the United States. This is the 39th annual celebration as the industry looks to future growth and success after the challenges of the past two years.

“AAA Western and Central New York is excited about the rebound in travel as we work to strengthen the tourism industry and economy,” said Carol DiOrio, vice president of travel for AAA Western and Central New York. “During this National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re highlighting how travel benefits our workforce, supports the global economy, and reconnects Americans with each other and the world.”

“NTTW has special meaning this year as the future of the travel industry looks bright,” said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association. “This NTTW is an opportunity to recognize the collective strength of the US travel industry and how we will become more dynamic, 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 provided the US with a $51 billion trade surplus – a testament to the outsized role the industry is playing in fueling the recovery America and future economic growth,” Dow said.

AAA Western and Central New York celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week even more as recipients of the 2021 Allianz Partners Top Club Award for mid-size AAA clubs, thanks to the company’s 2021 results for total revenue and annual growth as travelers turn increasingly Travel insurance to protect their vacation investments.

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

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

The ability to cancel a trip and receive a refund is by far the most cited benefit of travel insurance, with 69% of travelers saying it is the most important to them when considering travel insurance for an upcoming trip . AAA advises travelers to review travel insurance policies that include a “cancellation for any reason” component, which may provide more flexibility and protection should a traveler need to cancel their trip.

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