WASHINGTON, D.C. --
When Americans spend a day at the beach, they really are spending.
Americans took 110
million person-trips (50 miles or more one way from home) to the
beach last year and spent an average of $752 per trip compared to
$398 per trip for other travelers, according to the Travel Industry
Associations new TravelScope survey.
Beach vacationers, who
for purposes of the survey are grouped in with travelers to theme
and amusement parks, are more likely to bring their kids along, fly
to their destination and rent a car once they arrive.
Some significant stats
" The average beach trips
last 6.3 nights, compared to 4.1 nights for all U.S. trips and 5.7
nights for theme and amusement park trips.
" At least 41% of beach
vacationers travel with children under 18 years old, compared with
59% of those heading to amusement/theme parks. By comparison, just
over one-quarter (26%) of overall traveling households include
children on their trips.
" Beach travelers and their
theme and amusement park counterparts are more likely than average
to fly to their destination (20% vs. 16%) and to rent a car upon
arrival (6% vs. 3%).
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