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Travel Jobs: Projection Chart

September 26, 2011 by  
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From the 2008-2018 period, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be a significant increase in certain travel-related occupations with the biggest gains going to hotel, motel, and resort desk clerk positions. Tour guides, flight attendants, reservation ticket agents, and lodging managers will also have more openings. The only group that is expected to lose jobs is travel agents.
travel-jobsTravel jobs projected (Chart)

It’s not surprising that there will be increases in many of the travel-related jobs. Travel to the United States is projected to increase over the 2008-2018 period and that will require more personnel. Much of the loss in the travel agent field can be attributed to the use of Internet websites to book airlines and hotels.

An industry negative is that the two groups that receive the lowest wages are also the occupations that are expected to grow the most by percentage: hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks plus tour guides.

View a map and list of the most visited countries in the world.
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Who Travels the Most? [Chart]

August 15, 2011 by  
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Ever wonder which regions around the world have the most travelers? According to the World Tourism Organization or UNWTO, Europeans travel more than all other regions combined with a whopping 52.8 percent of all outbound tourists. Asia and the Pacific (21 percent) and the Americas (16 percent) make up most of the rest of the outbound travelers with the Middle East (3.8 percent) and Africa (2.9 percent) rounding out the field.
who-travels-the-most Who travels the most by region [Data © UNWTO and Chart © Enduring Wanderlust]

It’s not surprising that Europe lands in the number one spot, but it’s eye-opening that more Europeans travel than the rest of the world as a group. Despite the massive population advantage of the Asian region, it’s still curious that the Americas fell behind that area. The Americas had more tourists from 1990-2005, but Asia and the Pacific has maintained the lead since 2005. That said, it’s nice to see that all regions have seen significant gains in overall outbound tourists in the past two decades.

Where do all these tourists go? Read about the 10 most visited countries.
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How People Travel [Chart]

August 8, 2011 by  
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The past few years has seen a gradually increasing shift from surface transport to air transport for travelers. Slightly over half of tourists arrived at their destination via air travel (51%) last year versus surface travel. The latter consisted of road (41%), rail (2%), and water (6%) transport according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
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It’s not surprising that air travel has increased as it has become cheaper in a lot of countries especially in Europe where rail travel has been a popular mode of transport in the past. That said, it’s a bit astonishing that rail travel is only 2% internationally considering the sheer number of tourists that travel by rail between European countries. On a side note, it would be interesting to know how much of the road travel is by bus versus automobile.

View a chart answering: Why do people travel?
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America’s Distinctive Destinations

July 28, 2011 by  
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation designates a dozen distinctive places each year for Americans or foreigners to visit. These cities and towns offer an authentic visitor experience with emphasis placed on locations that meet the following criteria: dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation, sustainability and revitalization.
map-of-best-usa-destinations America’s Distinctive Destinations [Map © Enduring Wanderlust]

These 12 cities and towns (in alphabetical order by city) are:

1. Alexandria, Virginia
2. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
3. Colorado Springs, Colorado
4. Dandridge, Tennessee
5. Eureka, California
6. Muskogee, Oklahoma
7. New Bedford, Massachusetts
8. Paducah, Kentucky*
9. Saint Paul, Minnesota
10. San Angelo, Texas
11. Sheridan, Wyoming
12. Sonoma, California

*Paducah, Kentucky was voted Fan Favorite Distinctive Destinations.

This is the perfect list for people looking to avoid American vacation spots that are overrun by tourists. Many are small towns with a lot to offer including historic downtowns and friendly locals. While there are a handful of places that might be on your list to visit already, most will be new places to consider for your next trip. Plus at least a couple of spots are likely close to where any American lives since the map above reveals that the locations are spread throughout the country.

Read about the ten most visited countries in the world.

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The Most Popular Travel Magazines

July 25, 2011 by  
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What are the most popular travel magazines? The most objective way to answer to this question is to consider the overall circulation. According to data from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) and BurrellesLuce, the top 13 list includes three National Geographic publications, three AAA magazines, and a variety of others listed below.
travel-magazines-popular Travel Magazine © Wally G.

Travel Magazines With the Highest Circulation (United States)

1. National Geographic 4,493,024
2. Via Magazine (AAA) 2,740,435
3. AAA Living 2,469,830
4. AAA Going Places 2,404,121
5. Sunset 1,259,750
6. Where Magazine 1,191,152
7. Travel + Leisure 996,217
8. Midwest Living 989,424
9. National Geographic International 883,357
10. Condé Nast Traveler 810,713
11. National Geographic Traveler 742,575
12. Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel 680,097
13. Coastal Living 671,023

It’s surprising to see so many AAA publications* on the list, but note that these often come with a membership to the American Automobile Association based on region. It’s also interesting that more than half the list focus on a specific area of the country rather than being national or international. Coastal Living and Midwest Living are two examples of that.

*An editorial decision was made to take two other magazines from AAA off the Audit Bureau of Circulations list because they’re actually closer to books (AAA Tourbooks and AAA Campbooks) in our view.

Find out the answer to: what are the most visited countries in the world?
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10 Most Visited Countries [Map]

July 18, 2011 by  
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Each year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) collects data on the international tourist arrivals for every country in the world. The most visited countries for the past year included six from Europe, two from North America, and two from Asia (see map and list below).
most-visited-countries Most visited countries in the world [Map © Enduring Wanderlust]

1. France 76.8 million visitors
2. United States 59.7 million visitors
3. China 55.7 million visitors
4. Spain 52.7 million visitors
5. Italy 43.6 million visitors
6. United Kingdom 28.1 million visitors
7. Turkey 27 million visitors
8. Germany 26.9 million visitors
9. Malaysia 24.6 million visitors
10. Mexico 22.4 million visitors
*Statistics from the UNWTO

China made the biggest jump passing Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom to reach third on the list. Another Asian country, Malaysia, is a surprising entry in the top ten most popular countries to visit. A past visit to Kuala Lumpur leads me to believe this is largely based on business travelers to the capital city. The rest of the list especially France, Spain, Italy, and the United States have been mainstays for many years.

Another important note from the UNWTO study was that world tourism arrivals went up this past year after dropping in the previous year. That was the first drop in overall tourism in the past two decades.

Check out this chart: Why do people travel?
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Why Do People Travel [Chart]

July 12, 2011 by  
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World tourism arrivals reaches 940 million in 2010 according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The majority or 51 percent of the international tourists were motivated to travel for leisure, recreation, and vacations. Another 27 percent were driven to visit family and friends (VFR) or to make religious pilgrimages to places such as Mecca, Jerusalem, and the Vatican. Business travelers rounded out the group of inbound tourists with a showing of 15 percent.
why-do-people-travel

It’s striking that holiday tourism more than doubled business travel and VFR combined. In addition to the statistics related to purpose of tourism, the overall numbers showed a recovery for international tourism from the past couple of years along with the continued increase of air transport versus ground travel.

Read about how people travel.

 
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What Women Business Travelers Want

July 11, 2011 by  
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A recent Hilton Garden Inn survey conducted by Opinion Research Corp. revealed that female business travelers enjoy hotel perks most when traveling for work. Specifically, women enjoyed having someone clean up after them (71% vs. 58% for men) along with having breakfast prepared for them (62% vs. 49% for men). The majority of women also appreciated having a bed to themselves for the night (51% vs. 37% for men).
business-travel-women Female Business Traveler © Leonidas Konstantinidis

The survey results may be attributed to women doing more of the cleaning and cooking at home. A Swedish researcher found that women are still expected to prioritize their homes and children because of deeply-rooted perceptions of gender roles, and conventional overnight work travel is not compatible with this norm. Regardless of the reasons for the findings, it would be smart of hotels that cater to women business travelers to take note.

Read about more women traveling solo.
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The Best Cupcakes in Park Slope

June 27, 2011 by  
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The Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn is home to several of the tastiest cupcakes in New York City. Bakeries have been competing for two decades to win over the growing customer base for the small cake designed to satiate one person. Three Park Slope spots have developed cupcakes that would satisfy even the toughest critics.
butter-lane-cupcakes-park-slope Butter Lane Cupcakes, Park Slope, Brooklyn © Gennaro Salamone

Butter Lane Cupcakes recently opened a Park Slope location after years in the East Village. Their French and American buttercream icing is extraordinary especially on top of a Sea Salted Chocolate cupcake. The general feel of the place is a lot better than the previous occupant — King of Cupcakes. There is a bench for two in front of the shop that might remind Sex and the City fans of the one Carrie and Miranda sat on in a July 2000 episode while munching on cupcakes and chatting about Carrie’s new crush on Aiden.

A little further down 7th Avenue is Crespella, which specializes in crepes, but is also a retailer for Robicelli’s cupcakes. Found in locations throughout the city, Robicelli’s has delectable flavors including S’Mores, cheesecake buttercream, and apricot chardonnay cake. For chocolate lovers, head over to Ladybird Bakery (formerly Two Little Red Hens Bakery) on 8th Avenue for their Brooklyn Blackout cupcake. It consists of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting, and lots of chocolate sprinkles across the top.

Read about the best chocolate in NYC or view tasty candy bar cupcakes.

 
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The Best and Worst Car Rental Companies

October 18, 2010 by  
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What is the best car rental company? According to a survey by Condé Nast Traveler: Hertz, Enterprise, and Avis top the list. The results, which take into account rates, reliability, locations, and vehicle options were not overly surprising as these companies are some of the largest car rental companies. In addition, many of the agencies on the list are at the forefront of new developments in the industry. Hertz recently announced one-way rentals that will allow consumers to drop off a car at an airport instead of an original pick-up spot. This is particularly helpful for international and out-of-state travelers. Enterprise and Avis, on the other hand, are pioneering electric car rentals for the upcoming year.
hertz-car-rentals Hertz Car Rental Counter © Dierk Schaefer

It’s not just travelers who are benefiting from the innovations by the leading car rental companies. Newer companies such as Zipcar are attempting to shift urban centers from car owners and renters to car-sharing members. Their hope is that major cities around the globe will embrace their on-demand mobility model. While this is a popular method in European cities, it will be more difficult to push through in the United States where car ownership is ingrained in the culture. That said, an emphasis on being green has taken afoot in certain segments of the population.

For the companies that didn’t perform well in the survey such as Dollar and Thrifty, it would benefit them to re-evaluate their products and services as it will prevent them from being associated with the worst car rental companies.
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