WASHINGTON -- Nearly one-fourth of U.S. adults who have traveled
within the past year are very or somewhat likely to take a pleasure
trip or vacation for the New Year's holiday, according to a new
Travel Industry Association survey.
Among those 37 million likely holiday travelers, 44% plan to pay
for lodging, 32% plan to travel by plane and 19% expect to rent a
The numbers are based on a TIA survey of 1,500 people.
One in 10 of the likely travelers said they'll take a packaged
tour, and 7% are planning cruises. The most likely holiday
travelers are 18 to 24 years old, single, male or earning a
household income of $75,000 or more.
But most people -- three-fourths of the total -- still are
planning to stay put for the millennium celebrations.
Among the people unlikely to travel, 36% said they would rather
spend the New Year at home with family and friends, and 9% want to
avoid the crowds.
Only 5% cited fear of Y2K glitches, and only 2% said they're not
going because prices are too high. Another 5%, however, said they
don't have enough money to travel.