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Report: Americans to travel farther, spend more on travel in 2012

Posted by Melanie Nayer  December 30, 2011 08:29 AM

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Seems the shaky economy isn't keeping people grounded. According to a new nationwide poll from Travel Leaders Franchise Group, more Americans intend to travel farther and spend more on travel in 2012.

Reuters reports that long-haul bookings to Europe, Asia and Australia are up in 2012, and destinations in those locations make up 11 of the top 20 destinations for U.S. travelers, compared to nine in 2011.

An overwhelming 90% of the 640 travel agents surveyed said their clients will spend the same or more on travel in 2012. So, where are Americans planning to go?

shanghai-600.jpgA view of The Bund in Shanghai, one of the top cities in China for U.S. travelers.

Earlier this week, Pack Up reported on the top luxury destinations for 2012. Among them was Mexico, Hong Kong, and China where agents agree are two of the top international destinations for American travelers. The Caribbean also ranks as one of the top travel destiantions for 2012, as does Sydney, Australia and Amsterdam, which in 2012 will be part of a Netherlands law that bans Americans from their famous coffee shops.

Also on the rise are luxury cruise trips and international family travel.

What's hot in the U.S.? Travel agents agree that Las Vegas and Orlando will continue to lead the way of top tourist destinations in the U.S. for 2012.

Readers: Where are you planning to travel to in 2012?

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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