Hawaii no longer top destination

U.S. travelers will hit the roads and take to the air in big numbers again this spring, but Hawaii will not rank quite as high on their list of destinations as previously, according to an annual survey by the Travel Industry Association. Three out of five people who traveled within the past year said they are likely to take a vacation or "pleasure trip" this spring, the survey found.

That is down slightly from last year, but nearly a quarter said they plan to travel more this spring than last spring, including one-third of young adults. Only 9% said they plan to travel less.

The survey contained one negative note: Travelers plan to spend about $900 on their longest spring trip, 5% less than last year and the lowest amount since the TIA began the yearly survey in 1993.

Where will travelers go? Florida remained the top choice, although its selection by 37% of respondents reflected a seven-percentage-point drop from 1998. California remained second, at 31%. But the third choice was New York, at 13%. That bumped Hawaii, at 11%, to fourth place for the first time since the TIA surveys began.

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