YPB survey: 86% say holiday travel unchanged

ORLANDO -- An overwhelming 86% of Americans said their holiday travel plans would not be affected by the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a study released Nov. 15.

Of those who said their travel plans were influenced by the attacks, more than half (54%) said they have canceled or will cancel a trip, and 35% said they would rather drive than fly.

The survey, conducted by Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown, polled 761 U.S. travelers during the week ending Nov. 11, before the crash of American flight 587.

As far as total future travel goes, including the holidays and beyond, 22% said they were altering future travel plans. In a YPB study conducted Oct. 8, 27% said they would change future plans.

Of that 22%, half said they would rather drive than fly, down from 68% a month ago. And compared with their feelings prior to Sept. 11, 48% said they were "more likely" to vacation closer to home; 42% said they were "less likely" to take a theme park vacation, and 50% said they were "less likely" to take a cruise.

Amost half of respondents who plan to travel said they have searched the Internet for special fares and rates being offered by suppliers in an effort to move unsold product.

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