Survey: Vegas top 2011 destination

After a one-year hiatus, Las Vegas has regained the top spot over Orlando by the slimmest of margins, according to Travel Leaders’ annual Travel Trends Survey.

In addition, this year’s findings show that 50.1 percent of Travel Leaders clients will spend more on travel this year while 38.2 percent will spend the same amount.

Conducted Nov. 3-30 and based on actual booking data, the 2011 Travel Trends Survey includes responses from 547 Travel Leaders owners, managers and frontline travel experts throughout the United States.

“The trends revealed in this year’s survey lead us to be quite bullish on travel in 2011,” Roger E. Block, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group said in a news release. “Bookings are on the rise as people either feel more stable in their situations or decide they can’t wait any longer to take a needed vacation.

“Spending signs are encouraging as 50.1 percent indicate that their clients will be spending more per trip, while 38.2 percent responded that clients will at the very least spend the same as they did last year,” Block added. “Plus, what our Travel Leaders experts are seeing and booking for 2011 translates into the overwhelming majority feeling more optimistic in their outlook for 2011 than we’ve seen since late 2006/early 2007.”

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