Published on Thursday, November 23, 2006

US travel appetites growing for spa vacations and religious retreats

The future of US travel? Growing interest in spa vacations, volunteer vacations and child-friendly destinations.

That was the result of a joint Travel Industry Association of America and Synovate “Voice of the Traveler” survey.

More than half (54%) of travelers said they were currently interested in going to a spa or a place where they can relax and rejuvenate themselves.

 “Good news for the spa industry…interest appears to be growing,” concluded the poll-takers.

Other highlights:

v      Almost a third of travelers said they were more interested now compared to five years ago in going to a spa or a place where they can relax and rejuvenate themselves.

v      In fact, spa vacations ranked fifth when listing all the things people said they were more interested in doing now compared to five years ago.

v      Among those who are interested in spa vacations, the majority (40%) are 35 – 54 years old; however, interest is also strong among 18 – 34 year olds (37%).

v      One-quarter of travelers said they were currently interested in taking a volunteer or service-based vacation. More than one in ten travelers said they were more interested now compared to five years ago in such vacations.

v      More than one-third of travelers said they were currently interested in traveling to places that cater to children. Among those who are interested, the majority are 18 – 34 years old, presumably young families with young children.

v      One-quarter of travelers said they were now interested in taking a spiritual vacation (e.g., religious retreat, pilgrimage). More than one in ten travelers said they were more interested now compared to five years ago in taking a spiritual vacation.

v      The appeal of a spiritual vacation spans the ages, with approximately one-third of each age group (18 – 34 years old, 35 – 54 years old and 55+) expressing current interest in taking such a vacation.

v      More than half of travelers said they were currently interested in taking an educational trip where they and/or their family can learn something. Nearly 22% of travelers said they were more interested now compared to five years ago in taking such a trip.

Report by David Wilkening

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  • Volunteer vacations and spas for groups

    Spas are also a big draw for girls getaways (which can be organized for free using http://www.triphub.com). Also, volunteer vacations are indeed on the rise. Here are nine top volunteer vacation organizations: http://advisor.triphub.com/2006/04/9_volunteer_vac.html

    By Jocelyn Milici, Monday, November 27, 2006

  • very interesting report

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    By Peter Kaiser, Sunday, November 26, 2006

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