Americans select city lights for autumn getaways
By Dorene Internicola
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The economy may be still spinning its wheels, but more Americans are managing, or determined, to jumpstart an autumn getaway.
And many are headed for big U.S. cities, travel industry experts say.
Overall bookings for domestic cities in the United States are up 19 percent over last autumn, according to the latest consumer data from American Express Travel.
"Travel to New York City is up 18 percent from last year. That's a great statistic," said Audrey Hendley of American Express.
Other top destinations are Las Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles and Chicago.
"It's nice to see domestic vacations being so popular," Hendley added.
Data also showed consumers booking their trips further in advance. Sixty-plus and 90-plus day windows registered a 25 percent increase over last year.
"I think customers are feeling a little more confident in the economy," Hendley said. "They're spending a little more and booking a little earlier." Continued...