The Travel Leaders Group survey means that this has been a pretty good year so far for luxury travel for U.S.-based businesses.
Based on responses from 770 U.S.-based travel agents who book luxury travel, luxury cruise ship accommodations slightly edged out five-star hotels as the most frequently booked luxury accommodations, followed by boutique hotels [see chart below].
About 90% of survey participants said bookings “increased or remained steady” this year for luxury hotels, luxury cruise sailings, suites on cruise ships, luxury tour bookings, and first/business class airline tickets.
More participants said luxury hotel bookings increased year-over-year for 2014 compared with those who said the amount of bookings remained the same, with a combined 92% saying bookings are at or above what they were last year.
For all accommodations, a higher percentage of participants said bookings remained the same year-over-year for 2014 than year-over-year for 2013.
Luxury Accommodations Travel Agents Book Most Often
|1||Cruise ship (luxury)||43.50%|
|5||5-star hotels/resorts – suites||21.50%|
|6||5-star + (plus) hotels/resorts||19.10%|
|7||4-star hotels/resorts – suites||19.00%|
|8||Cruise ship (not luxury) in a suite||18.40%|
|9||5-star + (plus) hotels/resorts – suites||16.00%|
Source: Travel Leaders Group
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