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PEAK DMC, the largest global adventure destination management company, specializes in small group adventure travel and is dedicated to delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. PEAK offers complete service for all your adventure travel needs with more than 20 local offices worldwide to provide local expertise with a commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices.

PEAK's North America headquarters, based in Santa Rosa, California, is a full service tour operator with a large fleet of 15 passenger vans and CDL licensed tour leaders.  In addition, PEAK has operations offices in New Jersey and Vancouver, Canada.

PEAK DMC is committed to safety is supported by a full-time safety and compliance manager provides leader safety training and log book compliance review with the DOT.

With a proven track record of providing successful trips for several international travel brands PEAK DMC operated trips consistently average feedback scores of “excellent” by travelers. PEAK DMC works diligently to protect and support the customer journey by fully supporting these partner brands throughout each trip.  This includes vehicle and uniform branding, as well as special training on each company's culture and expectations.

“We are very excited to be part of this special family of operators and suppliers.  We are fully  committed to support our fellow members in any way we can and will look forward to meeting you personally at many of the ATTA networking events or by phone and email”  Matt Berna, President, PEAK DMC North America

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Travel Leaders Network completed its annual fall Canadian Regional events last week with more than 550 enthusiastic advisors having attended across three cities – Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto (West). Dubbed “Peak” (Programs, Education, Advisors and Knowledge), the at-capacity events were a mix of training and business advancement and enhancement sessions, networking with suppliers and peers, and a bustling trade show.

TLN VP Canada Christine James said the energy of the events, which boasted record numbers, aligned with booming business that is seeing sales outpace last year by about 25 to 30%, as well as a membership base that is out and about again and “so tired” of the zoom meetings of the past few years.

The events attracted 60-plus suppliers across the three cities for a day of seminars, panels, trade show, dinner, and prizes, with James observing that the shows get bigger every year and the primary problem now is finding venues that can accommodate the growing numbers.

As for the business, James says most of the logistical problems of the pandemic have past (like accessibly of suppliers due to the travel surge combined with staff shortages), not least through advances in automation – at least for individual bookings – but noted that many suppliers are still struggling with groups and that the segment is not yet “where it needs to be.”

Luxury and “bucket list” travel continues to lead the way for TLN members, James added, showing exponential growth and increased spending on trips in the wake of the pandemic.

Artificial intelligence is a subject that is top of mind with members, she added, noting that TLN will introduce a (free) tool for members to use by the end of the year, and has held expert seminars and released a downloadable guide on the subject.

James says the initial reaction to AI was that it is a threat, but that TLN is encouraging (and teaching) members to “take advantage of it rather than be afraid.”

Also coming will be the introduction of an enhanced version of Soft Voyage’s B to C solution, Sirva.

TLN’s proprietary Agent Profiler continues to provide dividends, she continued, noting that nearly a thousand agents are on the system with over 10,000 leads provided so far this year.

James said a list of 24 Canadian “mixer” events for 2024 will be released soon and noted that the organization’s annual international EDGE conference will take place June 8-11 in Washington, DC at National Harbor, site of the 2019 conference.

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“A banner year” for Travel Leaders Network, and plenty of success in Canada with 42 new members

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By: Kathryn Folliott

TORONTO — At the end of 2023, and looking ahead to the start of 2024, Travel Leaders Network had the most forward business on its books, ever.

It was fitting for the end of one “banner year” and the start of another.

Every metric is up, said John Lovell, President, Travel Leaders Group, at yesterday’s press conference for the trade media. “Recruiting, retention, they’re all up. We’re in a really, really good position,” he said.

People are prioritizing travel like never before, he added, and that’s despite inflation and credit card debt. Not even the upcoming U.S. election – which normally brings a bit of a slowdown in the U.S. – is having an impact so far.

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Meanwhile the value proposition for travel advisors just keeps improving. “This is the renaissance of the travel advisor. It’s a golden age,” says Lovell. Even Google searches for travel agents are at an all-time high.

It’s an important message for potential new recruits, as the retail travel industry continues to grapple with a major labour shortage: “Travel agents are thriving,” he said. “We just need more of them.”

Lovell said he’s hearing from some suppliers that the travel agent distribution channel is bringing in upwards of 70% of their business.

“The role of the travel advisor is stronger than ever. There’s no better time to be a travel agent,” said Lovell.

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CANADIAN SUCCESSES & STATS

That’s just as true in Canada as it is in the U.S.

Drilling down to the stats, Travel Leaders Network in Canada added 42 new members in 2023. TLN members here brought in more than $28 million in sales from preferred suppliers. Total agency sales amounted to more than $167 million.

Christine James, VP, Canada, Travel Leaders Network, noted that land-product sales in this market are dominated by ITC packages, representing 95% of the revenue. ‘Fun & Sun’ was up 108% year over year. FIT and tours were up 91%. In the cruise segment, sales were up across the board, across contemporary, premium, luxury and river.

In November 2021 Canada’s largest host agency, The Travel Agent Next Door, made headlines when it joined TLN, after leaving Ensemble.

James and the rest of the team at yesterday’s media conference had nothing but praise for TTAND.

“Their volume speaks for itself,” said James. Both TTAND and TLN were recently honoured by Royal Caribbean International, just the latest in a string of top sales awards.

Roger Block, President, Travel Leaders Network, added: “They’re a class organization. They run a very good shop. They know what they’re selling.” And as Lovell noted, “we’re only as good as our membership allows us to be. It’s a good marriage between two organizations. And we think it will just make the Canadian membership stronger as a whole.”

TLN’s cross-Canada series of Mixers is on the calendar for 2024, plus PEAK Regional events.

Watch for those – and also watch for news about TLN’s site in this market, CanadianTravelAgents.ca.

The team is keeping a tight lid on their announcement about the Canadian URL, expected in the next month or so. But keep in mind that i n May 2023, Travel Leaders Group, LLC won the right to use the Travel Leaders trademark in Canada. The win was a major victory for the company, and capped a six-year legal battle.

The site is TLN’s lead generator in this market, showcasing member profiles. Stephen McGillivray, Chief Marketing Officer, Travel Leaders Group, calls it an “online marketplace of retail travel advisors.” More than 13,000 leads were delivered to Canadian members via CanadianTravelAgents.ca last year, generating $2.3 million in sales, with the average sale coming in at $6,000.

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Another initiative from Travel Leaders Network is TobyAI. Launched in December 2023, and part of a partnership with Travel Research Online, TobyAI is billed as an AI engine designed specifically for supporting travel advisors. In a typical session with TobyAI, TLN advisors can craft itineraries, draft a new bio for Agent Profiler (in the U.S.) or CanadianTravelAgents.ca, write client correspondence and curate social media posts. Members can get a free TobyAI subscription for one year.

“We are big believers that AI can be helpful when creating marketing materials and can improve efficiencies for members so they can concentrate on selling and serving clients,” said McGillivray. He added that one silver lining of the pandemic was that it “sensitized consumers to reach out to travel agents for validation on their choices.”

Cory Voss, VP, Product & Solutions, Travel Leaders Group, had another tech update with news that Cruise Compete (which debuted after CruisePRO wound down) now has 100+ agencies enrolled in Canada. A B2C version is now in beta testing.

Voss outlined plans to also build a CRM (customer relationship management) agnostic API (application programming interface), to expand integration capabilities and allow more members to efficiently load clients into TLN’s Engagement program, opening up more marketing opportunities.

LUXURY DEMAND SOARS

Travel Leaders Network is maximizing its alliances within its membership, for everything from high-end travel to ‘A&A’ (Active & Adventure).

Block outlined travel advisor participation in the group’s alliances, from the Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Leaders Alliance (98 members; 48% rejection rate; $994K average individual HM & DW sales; $97 million total Alliance annual HM & DW sales) to the Luxury Leaders Alliance (328 members, $1.37 million average individual luxury sales; $450 million total Alliance annual luxury sales), and several more.

The luxury market is exploding with high demand, says the team. Bookings for high-end product, on the rise for years, have increased exponentially post-pandemic as travellers splurge on bucket list trips and celebrations abroad.

Travel Leaders Network is riding the luxury wave. “We’re very well known for serving the contemporary and premium markets but we’re very strong in luxury too and it’s a space we don’t get enough credit for,” said Lovell. The Luxury Leaders Alliance, with its $450 million in annual luxury sales, has a 36% rejection rate for members who apply to join. It’s a dedicated group with advisors who are highly motivated and knowledgeable in the luxury travel space.

Block notes that a Travel Leaders Network travel advisor booked one of the highest category accommodation options on Royal Caribbean’s 274-night world cruise. The booking was worth some US$800,000. The commission for the travel advisor? Six figures.

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Travel Leaders Network Taking Canadian Agents To Their PEAK

September 1, 2023

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Travel Leaders Network will be taking their Canadian travel agency members to their peak at three complimentary in-person regional events it will be hosting in Canada this fall.

Each of the events will allow participants to interact with supplier partners, connect with peers and learn about top-notch agency-enhancing programs and new technology benefits designed to directly improve clients’ overall travel experience.

Registration is currently open for Network member management and advisors.

Canadian Fall Regional Events will take place Oct. 17 to Oct. 25, 2023, and locations this year include Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto.

Travel Leaders Network Vice President Canada, Christine James said: “We’re gearing up to capitalize on the success of our international conference EDGE, held this past May in Nashville, by helping our Travel Leaders Network members continue their quest to PEAK: “Programmes, Education, Advisors and Knowledge – the annual theme of our Regional Conferences.”

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James continued: “PEAK will provide ideal opportunities for both our owners and managers and frontline agents to interact with one another while learning about our exclusive programmes, discussing business strategies with Preferred Suppliers, and identifying ways to tailor them to meet their own business needs.”

She explained that: “Each event will offer an impressive day of innovation, education and networking that has proven both popular and successful, year after year. It will help agencies get the most out of their valuable Travel Leaders Network membership while having fun.”

Limited space is available for all three upcoming Regional Conferences, which will take place at the following venues:

  • EDMONTON – Tues., Oct. 17 at the Renaissance Edmonton – Airport Hotel
  • VANCOUVER – Thurs., Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre-Richmond
  • TORONTO WEST – Wed., Oct. 25 at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale

Each Regional Conference will challenge Travel Leaders Network members to leverage the tools and training available to continually help grow and enhance their business. Events will feature over three hours of workshops or panels that will cover the technology, marketing and selling tools available to members, frontline agency training, and Travel Leaders Network program updates.

New to these events this year is speaker Carlo Trinidad, Business Development Manager, Western Canada at Inclusive Collection, part of World of Hyatt Inclusive Collection.

Trinidad will lead the Power Speaker Session by focusing on the evolution of all-inclusive vacations and how to help members elevate a typical vacation package, which will increase overall commission earnings.

Following the educational sessions for each event, members will meet and network with more than 30 supplier partners during a one-hour interactive trade show and cocktail reception, followed by a full-course plated dinner, sponsor presentations and prize giveaways.

All attendees will be eligible to win one of many travel prizes being offered by Travel Leaders Network’s outstanding partners.

Go to www.TLNetwork.ca for more.

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Three Agency Groups Combine To Form Travel Leaders Network

A new Travel Leaders Network logo will represent the combined three groups.  In a move that at least a few in the industry had been predicting for years, three major travel agency groups, all owned by Travel Leaders Group, have combined to form one giant travel organization under the Travel Leaders Network brand.

Vacation.com, the largest travel agency consortium; Travel Leaders Associates (also known as Travel Leaders Franchise Group), a leading agency franchise group; and Results! Travel, a smaller franchise group, will be merged to form a mega-travel agency group with nearly 7,000 locations, 35,000 individual agencies and $17 billion in annual sales, including $6.5 billion in cruise and tour sales alone.

The merger will be effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The newly combined Travel Leaders Network (TLN) represents roughly 33% of all agency locations in the U.S. and Canada. TLN will offer common marketing and technology solutions to both associates and affiliates. It also will have one combined annual meeting, the first set for April 29-May 5, 2017, at Loews Pacific Hotel at Universal Orlando.

All existing Travel Leaders associates (franchisees) will retain sole licensing rights for the use of the Travel Leaders brand name. In addition, all members of both Results!  and Vacation.com will automatically become affiliate members of Travel Leaders Network, while those who qualify will be offered the option of becoming Travel Leaders associates in order to get a higher level of service. Travel agencies can now join TLN as associate members (franchisees) or as affiliate members.

TLN will remain part of Travel Leaders Group, the travel holding company led by CEO Ninan Chacko, which also owns such mega-travel agencies as Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group, as well as Travel Leaders Corporate, among other travel companies. Other Travel Leaders Group owned agencies, such as host agency Nexion and Cruise Specialists, will become TLN members (they are currently Vacation.com members). Protravel will continue as a member of Virtuoso, the luxury travel network, while Tzell will remain a member of Signature Travel Network, the travel agency cooperative.

TLN will continue to have headquarters offices in Alexandria, VA, and Plymouth, MN. The same team that currently oversees the three existing groups being combined will now oversee the new organization. John Lovell, currently president of Vacation.com and president of Travel Leaders Leisure Group, will serve as president of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group, and Roger Block, formerly president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group, will serve as TLN president, reporting to Lovell. TLN marketing will continue to be led by Stephen McGillivray, who remains chief marketing officer of Travel Leaders Group.

Jose Ferreira, chief technology officer for Travel Leaders Group, will head up TLN’s technology. Bernadette Stark, who has served as vice president of conference, events and training for Travel Leaders Leisure Group and Vacation.com, will be in charge of meetings and conferences. Gloria Stock Mickelson, currently senior manager of education and training for Travel Leaders Franchise Group, will head up TLN’s training and education. Nicole Galowin, senior director of member services for Vacation, will have now have a similar role for TLN.

“This is the dawn of a new day,” said Lovell. “We have long been recognized as a world-class organization, offering the industry’s most innovative and honored travel agency solutions. But as our industry’s landscape continues to evolve and consolidate, so must we. Simply put, we must come together to create one powerful force that helps each of our agencies compete even more effectively for the hearts and minds of the traveling public.”

What the new combination also represents, however, is an end to Vacation.com and Results! names as a travel agency brands. Vacation.com was formed in 1999 by the merger of two competing consortia buyout groups. In 2000 it was sold to Amadeus, which then sold it to Travel Leaders Group in 2008. Travel Leaders Network has tentative plans to continue to use the Vacation.com name for lead generation. The Results! franchise brand, which was formed in 2008 as a franchise group for those agencies that did not want to operate under the Travel Leaders brand, will fade away.

Our industry recognizes and rewards size and volume. I'm also a big believer in collaboration and the more creative, intelligent people we can put together, the better all the members will be.

Travel Leaders Group itself was formed in 2008 when Carlson Companies sold Carlson Leisure Group to its management team led by Michael Batt, president and CEO, who remains chairman of Travel Leaders Group. The name Travel Leaders was adopted because the group needed to replace the Carlson Wagonlit name for its agency franchisees. It came from a Florida travel agency that was purchased by the buyout group.

Among the changes for associates and affiliates migrating to the combined TLN: By 2017, the online bios from all qualifying travel agents from Results! Travel and Vacation.com will added to the existing Agent Profiler directory on TravelLeaders.com. TLN’s first conference next April will have one combined day for both associates and affiliates, but will also have separate sets of sessions, training and networking tailored for the specific needs of associates and affiliates.

All TLN associates and affiliates will have access to the technology currently offered to the three original agency groups, such as the CruisePro cruise booking platform and AgentMate travel agency management system. In addition, by 2017 all existing agency extranets will migrate to one Agent Universe platform, though content will be geared to individual agency participation agreements. Finally, a new website, TravelLeadersNetwork.com, has been launched to provide information about TLN.

Initial reaction to the TLN combined group has been positive from agents who are members of Vacation.com, Travel Leaders Franchise Group and Results! “I see it as a very positive move,” said Kate Murphy, president and CEO at Wings Travel Group in Blue Bell, PA, which is currently Vacation.com member. “Our industry recognizes and rewards size and volume. I'm also a big believer in collaboration and the more creative, intelligent people we can put together, the better all the members will be.”

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After a big day one at the 10th anniversary of TMP East, here’s a small taste of what happened on stage on day two. 

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Pandemic ‘revenge travel’ is over. That could benefit Up North travelers

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Tourism leaders say the end of pent-up demand for travel post-pandemic, combined with more hotel rooms coming online, could help travelers avoid lodging price spikes heading into peak travel season.

Visitors bureau leaders in multiple Northern Michigan tourism hotspots all say they are expecting a stabilization of hotel rates coming out of the pandemic, which brought on swift price increases when demand soared.

“I would say we’re probably at a level (with rates) that will remain consistent for a while,” said Jim Powell, executive director of the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. “I don’t see a big jump this summer. I don’t see it falling off. I think they’re in that fine-tuning stage because we had so much rapid growth there (during the pandemic). I think every property is looking at their numbers individually and saying ‘OK, maybe we went a little too high here. Maybe we’re a touch too low here.’”

Trevor Tkach, president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism, also said he’s not expecting big increases in rates this year, though it can be hard to say when consumers ultimately drive rate changes.

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“You don’t always know the tipping point until you hit it,” he said. “The reality is, I don’t think we’ve grown our rates any faster than anyone else. We were already a premium price destination, and so we’ve maintained that. … But the consumer, they hold all the cards. If the confidence shifts at any point during the summer, and that could happen, we’ll see what the response (in hotel rates) might be.”

During the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism last month in Kalamazoo, one theme was the anticipated leveling off of local and regional travel spending after pent-up demand peaked post-pandemic, and inflation began hitting pocketbooks.

“I think the headline for the impending summer season in Michigan is that the ridiculously named ‘revenge travel’ period is dead,” said Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. “In its wake, we find something more akin to what we saw before the pandemic, which was modest, if uneven growth.”

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Kelly Wolgamott, interim vice president for the state tourism office Travel Michigan within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., echoed that observation.

“There’s a lot of disruptors out there when we talk about consumer trends,” she said. “There’s inflationary pressures, so there’s only so many dollars people have to travel, and what we called the ‘revenge traveler’ following the pandemic started to subside last year.”

When inflationary pressures squeeze local and regional travel budgets, Michigan sees a dip in visitation, Wolgamott said, which, based on the law of supply and demand, can mean lower room rates. While that’s good for visitors, it’s not good for hotels, which have higher expenses now thanks to the rising cost of goods and labor.

“That (poses) a challenge for us, in how we can make that considerable outreach, not only within the U.S., but also internationally,” Wolgamott said, especially with fewer Pure Michigan advertising dollars in the proposed 2024-25 state budget than tourism officials hoped for this year. 

“International tourists are extremely important for the state,” Wolgamott added. “They stay longer, they spend more money, and we’re the perfect product compared to New York, L.A. and Florida, which are very, very high as far as pricing, and Michigan is the best value price opportunity for those international travelers. So we’re working hard with our partners to get the international traveler here.”

Traverse City

Rates in Traverse City

Tkach, of Traverse City Tourism, said the bureau’s coverage area of Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties experienced hotel room rate growth of about 3% last year. Rates currently vary from about $150 to $200 per night on average, depending on the day of the week, the season and the property.

For this year, he said no significant rate growth is expected, partly because of the continued growth of inventory.

About 500 rooms are being added to the Grand Traverse region’s inventory of about 4,000 rooms, between two hotels that came online part way through last year and several being built this year. That includes a Tru by Hilton that opened last March in Garfield Township, the independent Alexandria Inn that opened in East Bay Township in June and the new Avid Hotel that opened a couple of weeks ago, also in East Bay Township. Other hotels under construction include a Residence Inn & Suites and a Home2Suites by Hilton in East Bay and a new Fairfield by Marriott in Garfield Township, all of which Tkach expects will open within a year.

That’s in addition to the area’s 2,000 short-term rentals that have been added in the past 10 to 15 years, he said, noting that there tend to be rooms at every price point.

Tkach said it remains to be seen whether the demand will match supply, or whether potential oversupply could drive down rates. He tends to think that won’t be a problem until winter arrives.

“There’s a lot of variables that affect rates,” he said. “… For us, we’ve built up a recognizable brand over the years, and so I think Traverse City has allowed itself an opportunity to dictate a different type of rate structure and maybe hold on to that structure a little bit longer than others will be able to, and the proof was in the outcomes. We continue to see a lot of visitation.”

But he also said “consumer behavior is unpredictable,” so only time will tell if the bureau’s prediction for another strong peak travel season comes true.

Bay Harbor

A look at greater Petoskey

The Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau covers part of northern Charlevoix County, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, the Boyne Valley area, and Alanson, which sits along US-31 between Little Traverse Bay and Burt Lake.

The visitors bureau has 28 member hotel operators with about 2,500 rooms. Another 44 rooms are coming online this spring, as the new Otis Harbor Springs Hotel is now accepting reservations.

Powell said his area’s average daily rates for 2021-2023 were about $188 for that three-year period. Hotels saw “incredible” rate growth of 8% to 16% in 2021 and 2022 based on higher demand. He expects a more “normal” growth rate of about 2% to 4% in 2023 and 2024.

He said it’s important to keep in mind that the average rate spans a wide spectrum of prices, from $600 to $800 per peak season night at a high-end property like the Inn at Bay Harbor, to $469 for a room at the Perry Hotel, to $79 for a basic Super 8 in Petoskey.

As to whether room rates are “too high,” Powell said it’s a question being discussed across the state.

“Northern Michigan prices have gone up,” he said. “That’s very clear in the last few years, that we may have priced some people out of that entry-level product, and they may have chosen to go to a different location that might provide a more affordable rate. But likewise, we (in Petoskey) get a benefit from the trickle-down from some other places whose rates may have gone up even higher than ours,” such as Mackinac Island, he added.

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

The view from Mackinac Island

Steph Castelein, events and content manager for the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, acknowledged prices were higher last year on average across Mackinac Island’s 1,600 rooms. 

Though the 2023 visitation numbers aren’t in yet, her gut feeling is that consumer spending from day trippers was softer last year, and there likely were fewer visitors than the 1.2 million people who came in 2022. But the bureau still exceeded its revenue goals, largely because rates were up.

Castelein said she expects rates will hold fairly steady for the 2024 peak season. A May 7 search of the Mackinac Island hotel rooms still available for mid-July showed options ranging from $289 at the Murray Hotel on Main Street to $597 up the hill at the Grand Hotel.

“I think we’ve kind of hit our max for a few years right now, so I can see rates staying similar,” Castelein said.

One indicator of that, she said, is that another 30 rooms are coming back online this year, thanks to the completion of the two-year-long renovation of the Inn at Stonecliffe adding supply to the market. The luxury property’s July prices range from about $492 for a queen room up to $3,000 for a night in one of the summer cottages.

Powell, from Petoskey, said just from anecdotal conversations, he thinks there’s more competition for consumers’ budgets, including for travelers who might be considering “long haul” international destinations. That makes the growing practice of dynamic pricing essential, rather than a set-it-and-forget-it approach to peak-season rate setting.

“At the end of last summer … consumers were really returning some of their pre-pandemic behaviors,” he said, then laughed: “If one more person (talks) about their trip to Spain, or somewhere international, I swear.”

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Nearly 71 Million People Expected to Travel over July 4th Week

This year’s extended independence day forecast exceeds pre-pandemic numbers, sets new record.

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WASHINGTON, DC (June 20, 2024) – AAA projects 70.9 million travelers will head 50 miles or more from home over the Independence Day holiday travel period*. For the first time, AAA looked at the entire July 4 th week, plus the Saturday before and the Sunday after the holiday. This year’s projected number of travelers for that time period is a 5% increase compared to 2023 and an 8% increase over 2019.

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of AAA Travel. “We anticipate this July 4 th week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.”   

Share of Travelers by Mode pie chart and Number of Travelers by Mode table

AAA projects a record 60.6 million people will travel by car over Independence Day week – that’s an additional 2.8 million travelers compared to last year. This year’s number also surpasses 2019 when 55.3 million people traveled by car over July 4 th week. AAA car rental partner Hertz says Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the cities displaying the highest rental demand during the holiday week. The busiest pick-up days are projected to be Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 3.   

Gas prices are lower than last year when the national average was $3.53. Pump prices will likely continue going down leading up to Independence Day.  At that point, they will likely level off and remain relatively stable until after Labor Day, similar to last year.  An important caveat is hurricane season – underway now – which could affect gas prices should a storm negatively impact Gulf Coast oil production and refining centers.  

The number of air travelers is also expected to set a new record. AAA projects 5.74 million people will fly to their July 4 th destinations. That’s an increase of nearly 7% compared to last year and a 12% increase over 2019. AAA booking data shows domestic airfare is 2% cheaper this Independence Day week compared to last year, and the average price for a domestic roundtrip ticket is $800. Airports will be packed throughout the week. AAA recommends arriving 2 hours early, reserving parking ahead of time, and traveling with carry-on luggage versus checked bags to save time and money.   

More than 4.6 million people are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, including buses, cruises, and trains. This category is seeing an increase of 9% compared to last year, but this year’s number is shy of 2019’s figure of 4.79 million. Cruising continues its remarkable post-pandemic comeback. This time of year, Alaska cruises are in high demand, making Seattle and Anchorage top domestic destinations. Cruise travelers are also finding deals this summer. With new ships coming onto the market – and going for a premium – some cruise lines have been offering targeted discounts to fill older inventory for remaining cabins.  

Best/Worst Times to Drive and Peak Congestion by Metro 

INRIX , a provider of transportation data and insights, says the worst times to travel by car before and on July 4 th are between 2pm and 7pm. Drivers should hit the road in the morning, and travelers returning on Monday, July 8 th should avoid rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon.  

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3 rd , as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7th, as they return,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX. “R oad trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal. Travelers should monitor 511 services, local news stations, and traffic apps for up-to-the-minute road conditions.”  

Please note that the times listed below are for the time zone in which the metro is located.   

For example, Atlanta routes = ET and Los Angeles routes = PT.  

Source: INRIX  

  Top Destinations 

This July 4 th week, travelers are cooling off in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska – and by the ocean! Seattle, Vancouver, and Anchorage are top destinations because of the popularity of Alaska cruises this time of year. Beaches in South Florida, Honolulu, Punta Cana, and Barcelona are in high demand. Historical sites in European cities like London, Rome, Dublin, Paris, and Athens are also popular. The top 10 domestic and international destinations below are based on AAA booking data.  

Family Road Trip Checklist    

With road trips expected to set a new record this July 4 th week, AAA teamed up with Chicco to share safety tips for families with young children.  

  • Check car seat fit. Before you hit the road, check your child’s weight and height to ensure they’re in the right seat and mode of use – especially when it comes to transitioning from rear to forward-facing. Children should remain rear-facing as long as possible for better protection of their head, neck, and spine in the event of a crash. If you are unsure which car seat is best for your child, Chicco offers a car seat comparison guide.    
  • Double check car seat installation. Even if your car seat is already installed in the car, it’s worth checking everything is safe and secure. An easy at-home way to do this is with the “inch test.” Simply grab the seat at the car seat belt path and pull side to side and front to back. If it moves more than one inch in any direction, uninstall and start over until a secure fit is achieved. For any questions, utilize the car seat manual, QR codes, or online resources like those offered by Chicco.    
  • Secure loose items in the car. Take time to organize and clean up your car before hitting the road. Storage organizers that secure to the back of the driver and passenger seats are simple solutions to make sure everything has a spot, especially loose items that can become projectiles in case of a sudden stop.  
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Pack an emergency kit with first-aid supplies, water, snacks, blankets, jumper cables, and flares. Make sure your phone is fully charged – and keep a charger in the car – to call AAA or request roadside assistance digitally if your battery dies, you lock yourself out, or you need a tow.   
  • Map your route. Families with young children should plan for frequent and longer stops along the way. Map out your route ahead of time with AAA TripTik and browse hotels, restaurants, and other activities along the way on AAA Trip Canvas.  
  • Bring entertainment. Make sure to place toys and books within reach to keep children entertained. If your kids use tablets or other electronics, make sure the devices are fully charged and pre-downloaded before leaving home. Another fun way to get the whole family excited for the road trip is to create a family playlist of everyone’s favorite songs!   

Holiday Forecast Methodology   

Travel Forecast    

In cooperation with AAA, S&P Global Market Intelligence (SPGMI) developed a unique methodology to forecast actual domestic travel volumes. The economic variables used to forecast travel for the current holiday are leveraged from SPGMI’s proprietary databases. These data include macroeconomic drivers such as employment, output, household net worth, asset prices, including stock indices, interest rates, housing market indicators, and variables related to travel and tourism, including gasoline prices, airline travel, and hotel stays. AAA and SPGMI have quantified holiday travel volumes going back to 2000.   

Historical travel volume estimates come from DK SHIFFLET’s TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM . The PERFORMANCE/Monitor SM is a comprehensive study measuring the travel behavior of U.S. residents. DK SHIFFLET contacts over 50,000 U.S. households each month to obtain detailed travel data, resulting in the unique ability to estimate visitor volume and spending, identify trends, and forecast U.S. travel behavior, all after the trips have been taken.  

The travel forecast is reported in person-trips. In particular, AAA and SPGMI forecast the total U.S. holiday travel volume and expected mode of transportation. The travel forecast presented in this report was prepared the week of May 27, 2024.   

Because AAA forecasts focus on domestic leisure travel only, comparisons to TSA passenger screening numbers should not be made. TSA data includes all passengers traveling on both domestic and international routes. Additionally, TSA screens passengers each time they enter secured areas of the airport, therefore each one-way trip is counted as a passenger tally. AAA focuses on person-trips, which include the full round-trip travel itinerary. As a result, direct comparisons of AAA forecast volumes and daily TSA screenings represent different factors.  

*Independence Day Holiday Travel Period   

For this forecast, the Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as the nine-day period from Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7. Historically, the Independence Day holiday period included only one weekend. This is the first year the Independence Day holiday travel period is a longer timeframe with two weekends included.  

About AAA    

Started in 1902 by automotive enthusiasts who wanted to chart a path for better roads in America and advocate for safe mobility, AAA has transformed into one of North America’s largest membership organizations. Today, AAA provides roadside assistance, travel, discounts, financial and insurance services to enhance the life journey of 64 million members across North America, including 57 million in the United States. To learn more about all AAA has to offer or to become a member, visit AAA.com.   

About S&P Global   S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) provides essential intelligence. We enable governments, businesses, and individuals with the right data, expertise, and connected technology so that they can make decisions with conviction. From helping our customers assess new investments to guiding them through ESG and energy transition across supply chains, we unlock new opportunities, solve challenges, and accelerate progress for the world. We are widely sought after by many of the world’s leading organizations to provide credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics, and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity, and automotive markets. With every one of our offerings, we help the world’s leading organizations plan for tomorrow today. For more information, visit  www.spglobal.com .   

About DKSA    

DK SHIFFLET boasts the industry’s most complete database on U.S. resident travel both in the U.S. and worldwide. Data is collected monthly from a U.S. representative sample, adding over 60,000 traveling households annually, and is used daily by leading travel organizations and their strategic planning groups. DK SHIFFLET is an MMGY Global company.   

About INRIX     

Founded in 2004, INRIX pioneered intelligent mobility solutions by transforming big data from connected devices and vehicles into mobility insights. This revolutionary approach enabled INRIX to become one of the leading providers of data and analytics into how people move. By empowering cities, businesses, and people with valuable insights, INRIX is helping to make the world smarter, safer, and greener. With partners and solutions spanning across the entire mobility ecosystem, INRIX is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and transportation – whether it’s keeping road users safe, improving traffic signal timing to reduce delay and greenhouse gasses, optimizing last mile delivery, or helping uncover market insights. Learn more at INRIX.com.   

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40 Facts About Elektrostal

Lanette Mayes

Written by Lanette Mayes

Modified & Updated: 01 Jun 2024

Jessica Corbett

Reviewed by Jessica Corbett

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy , materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes , offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development .

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy , with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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Expect a record-breaking number of travelers on Fourth of July week: How to avoid traffic

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  • An estimated 70.9 million people will travel for the Fourth of July holiday, a record-breaking number.
  • The most popular domestic destinations are Seattle, Orlando, Anchorage, Honolulu and Miami.
  • The worst times to drive for 4th of July week are July 3 and 4 between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If you’re one of the projected record-breaking 70.9 million travelers going on a Fourth of July trip, get ready to pack some patience. 

“With summer vacations in full swing and the flexibility of remote work, more Americans are taking extended trips around Independence Day,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, in a statement. “We anticipate this July 4 week will be the busiest ever with an additional 5.7 million people traveling compared to 2019.”

Whether you’re going by airplane or car, traveler numbers are hitting historic highs. An estimated 5.74 million people will fly to their Independence Day destination, a 7% increase from 2023. (We can thank domestic airfare being slightly cheaper this year for that.)

This year, 2.8 million more people will travel by car than last year, for a total of 60.6 million travelers. According to AAA partner and rental car company Hertz, cities like Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco are showing the highest rental car demand. 

Here’s everything you need to know about Fourth of July travel. 

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What are the most popular destinations for Fourth of July week?

Many travelers are headed to the coast for their Independence Day trip, with states like Hawaii and Florida topping the list. With the best time for Alaskan cruises in full swing, cities like Seattle, Vancouver and Anchorage are popular among travelers. As expected, beloved European destinations like London and Rome earned spots on the list as well. 

Most popular domestic destinations:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Most popular international destinations:

  • Vancouver, British Columbia

What are the best times to drive for Fourth of July week?

As is typical with holiday travel, the early bird will catch the worm, which means encountering the least traffic. Drivers should depart on their Independence Day road trips before noon on July 3 and 4. To return home, drivers should leave before 11 a.m. on July 7 and after 7 p.m. on July 8. 

What are the worst times to drive for Fourth of July week?

“Drivers in large metro areas can expect the worst traffic delays on Wednesday, July 3, as they leave town, and Sunday, July 7, as they return,” Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX, said in a statement. “Road trips over the holiday week could take up to 67% longer than normal.”

On July 3 and 4, drivers should avoid being on the road between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., when traffic will be most congested. On Friday, July 5, the worst traffic will be between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

On Saturday, July 5, the worst traffic for travelers returning home will be between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The worst traffic is expected July 7, so drivers should avoid the road between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

“Travelers should monitor 511 services, local news stations, and traffic apps for up-to-the-minute road conditions,” Pishue said.

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  • Worst route: Birmingham to Atlanta via I-20 E
  • Worst day: July 7
  • Worst time: 6:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 3 hours, 36 minutes
  • 42% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Boston to Hyannis via Pilgrim Hwy S
  • Worst day: July 4
  • Worst time: 1:45 p.m.
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 51 minutes
  • 31% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Fort Collins to Denver via I-25 S
  • Worst day: July 8
  • Worst time: 2:45 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
  • 56% increased travel time
  • Worst route: San Antonio to Houston via I-10 E
  • Worst day: July 6
  • Worst time: 1:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 3 hours, 48 minutes
  • 41% increased travel time

Los Angeles

  • Worst route: Bakersfield to Los Angeles via I-5 S
  • Worst time: 2:15 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
  • 29% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Jersey Shore to New York via Garden State Pkwy N
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • 40% increased travel time

San Francisco

  • Worst route: San Francisco to Monterey via Santa Cruz Hwy S
  • Worst day: July 2
  • Worst time: 5:45 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
  • 19% increased travel time
  • Worst route: Ellensburg to Seattle via I-90 E
  • Worst time: 4:30 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
  • 35% increased travel time

Washington, D.C.

  • Worst route: Baltimore to Washington via Balt/Wash Pkwy S
  • Worst time: 3:15 p.m. 
  • Estimated travel time: 1 hours, 1 minute
  • 67% increased travel time

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected] .

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A Record-Breaking Amount of Travel Will Happen This Summer — Here's How Peak Travel Seasons Impact Payment Fraud As summer 2024 expects record-breaking travel, businesses affected by tourism must tackle increased fraud and chargeback risks head-on.

By Monica Eaton Edited by Micah Zimmerman Jun 18, 2024

Key Takeaways

  • Companies must adopt effective chargeback management strategies to prepare for record-breaking travel.
  • By adopting these strategies, travel operators can successfully navigate the busy season, protect their bottom line and enhance the overall travel experience.

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Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes an influx of vacationers ready to explore new destinations. As the summer travel season begins, businesses operating within travel and hospitality must adopt robust strategies to manage the anticipated increase in transaction volumes and fraud risks. These strategies must also effectively manage disputes and chargebacks during a peak travel period that's expected to break records.

Americans are still choosing to prioritize their vacations despite challenges like international unrest and rising prices. Projections from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) suggest we'll see a record-breaking summer travel season in 2024 , with officials anticipating the busiest travel season ever.

52% of consumers say they plan to travel as much in 2024 as last year, with another 40% saying they expect to travel even more . These prospective travelers already have significant budgets set aside for these trips.

Millennials and Gen Z are the driving forces behind this trend. People in this cohort tend to prioritize experiences over material goods and seek a healthy work-life balance to explore new places and cultures. They're also heavily influenced by social media, where many influencers showcase travel as part of an aspirational lifestyle.

This surge in travel drives global business at every level of the economy, but it also creates a heightened sense of risk. For businesses, effectively managing fraud and chargeback risk year-round is crucial to navigating the travel space.

Let's explore the best strategies and tactics for managing these threats, whether in-house, hybrid or outsourced, and why asking for help might be the most effective course of action this year.

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The challenges ahead

While a travel boom is fantastic for businesses and local economies, it poses significant challenges that underscore the necessity of comprehensive fraud and chargeback management. An exceptionally busy travel season can aggravate existing chargeback triggers already intrinsic to the travel space. We may see:

  • Increased Transaction Volume . The sheer volume of transactions during peak travel seasons makes managing and monitoring every transaction closely difficult. This increased volume can overwhelm internal systems, leading to errors and delays in handling disputes, contributing to more chargebacks.
  • Fraudulent Activities . Fraudsters take advantage of the busy season, knowing that the high transaction volumes can mask their activities. From fake travel deals to phishing emails, the types of fraud targeting travelers are diverse and sophisticated, increasing the likelihood of chargebacks from unauthorized transactions.
  • Overbooked Flights and Hotel Shortages . High demand can lead to overbooked flights and sold-out hotels. When travelers are bumped from flights or denied rooms, dissatisfaction spikes. So, too, does the number of chargebacks as customers dispute charges for services they didn't receive.
  • Poor Customer Service . Understaffing is common during peak periods, resulting in longer wait times, unresolved complaints and poor service. Frustrated customers often turn to chargebacks to resolve their grievances when they feel neglected or mistreated.
  • Operational Strain . Handling a surge in transactions requires a well-prepared operational setup. Without it, companies might fail to process payments and refunds promptly, further aggravating customers and leading to more disputes and chargebacks.
  • Financial and Reputational Impact . Chargebacks result in financial losses due to refunds and fees. However, they also damage a company's reputation with customers and hurt their relationships with financial institutions. High chargeback rates can result in higher processing fees and, in severe cases, the loss of merchant processing privileges.

Considering what's at stake, you can see why it's incredibly urgent to prioritize effective chargeback management. Aside from saving time and money, it can also help boost customer trust during the peak travel season.

Managing chargebacks: In-house, hybrid or outsourced?

Travel operators can adopt one of three chargeback management strategies to handle the increased demand and the potential challenges outlined above.

First, they can manage everything in-house. This involves maintaining a dedicated team to manage disputes , enhance customer support and refine fraud detection systems. While this approach offers direct control, it can be resource-intensive and requires constant updates and training to stay updated on new fraud tactics and regulatory changes.

A second option is to outsource everything. This allows travel companies to benefit from specialized expertise and advanced technologies without the burden of maintaining an in-house team. Third-party providers can offer scalable solutions, real-time fraud detection and comprehensive chargeback prevention strategies. However, it can also mean that merchants lack insight.

As a third option, merchants can try taking a more hybrid approach. Combining internal efforts with external support lets businesses leverage advanced technologies and knowledge from third-party providers while retaining some control over the process. This approach provides a balance between direct oversight and external expertise.

Related: How to Fight Fraud and Chargebacks Should Regulation Fail

Industry collaboration

As we gear up for a record-setting summer, it's clear that improved industry collaboration could be the key to addressing fraud and chargebacks.

We could consider the transformative potential of open data and artificial intelligence (AI) within the tourism industry. Combining an open data strategy with AI can enhance decision-making processes, helping to personalize customer experiences and optimize operations.

By harnessing open data, businesses can gain valuable insights into traveler preferences and behaviors. This insight can be refined using AI to forecast trends and tailor services.

Related: Think You Can't Win Against Chargebacks? Think Again.

Open data and AI will have a much more symbiotic relationship in the future. The kind of collective effort that open data demands will create a more secure environment for our customers and protect our businesses from the financial strain of chargebacks. These technologies promise to boost efficiency and innovation in tourism, help manage threats and enhance the overall travel experience.

Ultimately, travel operators need to be proactive. By adopting the right strategies and fostering collaboration across the industry, operators can thrive during this busy travel season and create a better experience for all travelers.

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An interdisciplinary group of USF students participated in a week-long immersive summer course designed to provide more insight on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

The students traveled across portions of the “ Civil Rights Trail ” in Alabama, which included visits to historical sites associated with the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma.

The trail is a collection of churches, courthouses, schools, museums and other historical landmarks.

Students reflect on their experiences traveling along the Civil Rights Trail

Evita Garcia poses beside a bronze statue of Rosa Parks.

Evita Garcia poses beside a bronze statue of Rosa Parks.

Evita Garcia Psychology

“This has been a life-changing experience. Every experience was an amazing and meaningful one. From talking to the locals in Selma, to bonding with the group during reflection and sharing our experiences and vulnerabilities. I felt the growth as an individual, as well as the growth of us together as a group, and I have forged bonds that I know will last a lifetime. This is an incredible way to learn and for it to become crystallized intelligence. I will never forget what I learned here. There is a saying that goes ‘A man never enters the same river twice, for he is not the same man, nor is the river.’ I am not the same woman that started this journey, but I am deeply grateful for this transformative experience. I hope this river continues to flow here for anyone willing to get their feet wet.”

April Edwards signs Bethel Baptist Church guest book.

April Edwards signs Bethel Baptist Church guest book.

April Edwards Social Work

“As a non-traditional student and future social worker, I had an incredibly eye-opening experience. This course not only allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the various generational traumas experienced by individuals, including men, women and children of color, but also provided me with practical tools and strategies to address these traumas in my future work as a social worker. The insights I gained from this course have not only broadened my perspective, but have also instilled in me confidence in my ability to navigate the complex and demanding field of social work effectively. I believe this experience has better prepared me to comprehend the diverse range of challenges that my future clients may face.”

Ariadna Ruiz Islas stands at a fence in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Ariadna Ruiz Islas stands at a fence in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Ariadna Ruiz Islas Social Work Minor: Psychology and Mass Communications

“I have come to the realization that experience (and immersion in this case) are the best ways to learn. This class gave me the opportunity to learn in the sites where history took place and by talking to people who lived through the history. This enhanced my student experience by teaching me so much more than a textbook ever could. Understanding what happened during that time period and how it still affects people today is going to be an invaluable skill that I have for my career. Seeing the signs at multiple museums that read ‘no n*****, no Mexicans, no Puerto Ricans, no dogs.’ As someone who is half Puerto Rican and half Mexican, these signs really hit me. I realized that although when we think of the Civil Rights Movement victims, we tend to only talk about Black people, but the reality is that discrimination during this time period affected all people of color. This really put into perspective for me that if I were to have been alive at that time, the horrific stories I learned and pictures that I saw, could have been me.”

Nuavia Stewart examines a "Back of the Bus" exhibit.

Nuavia Stewart examines a "Back of the Bus" exhibit.

Nuavia Stewart Social Work

“This was far more than an academic pursuit; revisiting my journal entries through the eyes of a social worker, my heart swells with a mix of pride and profound sadness, capturing the emotional depth of our journey to confront the deep scars of racial injustice in our country. It served as a visceral call to action, deeply connecting me to the historic struggles that have shaped our nation. This experience has made the achievements and ongoing challenges of the civil rights movement incredibly personal, igniting a fierce commitment within me to persist in the fight for equality and justice. As I prepare to graduate this fall, I carry with me the spirit of the freedom riders, the weight of a shared history, and the hope for a future where such reflective journeys catalyze genuine societal transformation.”

Students gathered outside The Legacy Museum.

Students gathered outside The Legacy Museum. 

Summer Garcia Criminology

“The most impactful experience of the trip was the Legacy Museum. It does a beautiful job of combining art and interactive objects to portray the horrors of our past and present. The room dedicated to the victims of lynching brought me to tears. This was truly life-changing. It changed my perspective of the world around me and put historical events into extreme context. It gave me a better understanding of what I want to do in the future to inspire justice and change in our country.”

Students explored the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

Students exploring the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

Students at the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, Ala. The museum is a rehabilitated bus station has been restored to how it looked in 1961 and is the site of the attack on Freedom Riders when they arrived at the station. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

Students on the steps of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., a historical Civil Rights Movement site. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

Students made a stop at Bethel Baptist Church, the church that served as the headquarters for the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. (Photo courtesy of Ta'Bria Snowden)

“The students were my favorite part of this trip,” said Dr. David Ponton , associate professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies . “They were bright, of course, because they're USF students, but they were also deeply passionate about the subject matter. They asked really good questions. They connected the history to their own lives. They walked into these sites with reverence. They expressed surprise to learn new things about figures like Dr. Martin Luther King and some of the conflicts he had with other leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. And they also expressed, very openly, the kind of emotional toll that the trip took on them and encouraged each other. I had no idea what to expect coming in and meeting them, but they were as fantastic as any group of USF students I've had the pleasure of meeting so far.”

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College football is right around the corner, with Florida State set to kick off the year with a Week ‘0’ matchup against Georgia Tech in Dublin, Ireland, on August 24. With three newcomers joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, travel will increase as the ACC expands westward, adding Cal, Stanford, and SMU to boost revenue.

So, which team in the ACC will travel the most this season? Bill Speros of bookies.com did the math , and it turns out the Cal Bears will be the most travel-savvy when all is said and done, with Stanford taking the No. 2 spot.

Although FSU and Georgia Tech will take to the skies for an 8,174-mile round trip to start the year, The Seminoles will still be cashing in their travel points, landing at No. 3. Cal travels a total of 20,660.7 miles across 26 time zones, Stanford is at 14,017.59 miles across 16 time zones, and FSU will total 13,028.14 miles across 14 time zones.

READ MORE: FSU Football's 2024 Schedule Ranked As One Of The Nation's Toughest By CFB Analyst

Florida State will face two of the new ACC teams out west, SMU and Cal. However, the Bears travel to Tallahassee, FL, on September 21, making the Seminoles’ trip to Texas their only irregular conference away game outside their usual geographic area, aside from the trip to Ireland. The furthest away game in the United States for FSU will be its November 9 trip to Notre Dame, totaling 1,840 miles traveled. SMU (1,666 miles) and Duke (1,279 miles) are the next two runners-up.

FSU fans are known for their strong travel support, as seen over the past two seasons. Both ‘home and home’ games against LSU appeared like true home games for Florida State, even though neither took place in their respective home stadiums.

Coming off an ACC title season and a playoff snub that left fans feeling bittersweet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see even more garnet and gold in opposing teams’ stands this year.

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Major Melbourne hospitals impose hiring freeze after being asked to cut costs by government

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The Victorian government has denied its push for funding cuts to hospitals will make them drop key services, saying "there should be no impact to patient care".

Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said the health department was asking the state's health services to "take a good look at where they are spending their money", but emphasised the government was "not asking hospitals to stop any care whatsoever".

Her comments come as Western Health — which operates 14 locations across Melbourne's west, including hospitals in Sunshine, Footscray and Bacchus Marsh — confirmed it had imposed a hiring freeze.

A spokesperson said the health service was "taking active steps to respond to a restrained fiscal environment, such as recruitment holds, capital expenditure and preventing travel at this time". 

It said this was in order to have minimal impact on treatment, care, research and education.

In an email to staff, Northern Health — which runs services across Melbourne's north, including the Northern Hospital at Epping — said a "temporary freeze" on recruitment had been imposed for some areas.

"This decision is necessary as we strive to reduce our operating deficit for 2024-25," the email said.

"We recognise that uncertainty and stress is present across our community who have already adapted to significant change across the last few years."

Cuts will affect patient care, peak health body warns

The Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) said metropolitan, regional and small rural health services would face some "difficult decisions" as a result of the cuts imposed by the government.

"We're very concerned that health services have been left with no choice but to make plans which include redundancies of frontline staff, cutting back hospital wards and winding back planned surgeries," chief executive officer Leigh Clarke said. 

"In the absence of a change of course — these budget cuts will have immediate flow-on effects for the delivery of care, leading to longer waiting lists and loss of services."

She urged the government to look at budget cuts and ease cost containment measures to ensure there were no impacts to the delivery of care and services. 

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On Thursday, Ms Thomas told ABC Radio Melbourne her "clear message to health services" was that there should be "no impact to patient care". 

She said the government's requirement of two dozen health services to negotiate their upcoming budgets was to look at where they could "streamline" their spending. 

This meant cutting "waste and duplication" in the executive, communication and marketing arms of large hospitals, she said, as well as hospitals spending money on sending staff overseas for professional development.

Her defence of the need for hospitals to cut their budgets comes as the government has agreed on a pay rise for nurses and midwives of 28.4 per cent over four years.

Ms Thomas defended the decision to increase spending on staff wages while asking hospitals to cut their budgets, saying this would encourage critical frontline workers to stay in the industry and to take on permanent hospital jobs, rather than nursing agency work.

"A health service leader the other day said that one of the outcomes of budget negotiations was that they would have to offer more ongoing jobs and less agency jobs. That's a good thing," she said.

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Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan said on Thursday there was no confirmation of recruitment freezes because hospitals were yet to submit their draft budgets to the health department. "Absolutely no final decisions have been made on those budgets," Ms Allan said. "So for emails to be sent out saying certain things that we have seen in the last couple of days, that does not reflect where discussions are between hospitals and the department nor where the government has approved final hospital budgets."

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Victorian Opposition Leader John Pesutto said any cuts to health services were alarming.

"It is now becoming a very real and present risk that Victorians will die as a result of budget pressures on our health network because of the financial mismanagement of the Allan Labor Government," he said.

He dismissed Ms Allan's claim that budgets had not been finalised, with health services confirming to his party they had been warned by the government about budget cuts.

"Lives will be put at risk because of the severity and the savageness of these budget cuts by the Allan Labor government," he said.

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    PERFORMANCE: TL. Network agents return to live events. It felt like old times - except for the wearing of masks, brandishing vaccine QR codes, and being outfitted with a good-to-go wrist bracelet. Nevertheless, close to 200 travel agents turned out in Toronto for a Travel Leaders Network regional showcase (oh, and it could have been more ...

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    Travel Leaders Network completed its annual fall Canadian Regional events last week with more than 550 enthusiastic advisors having attended across three cities - Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto (West). ... and Toronto (West). Dubbed "Peak" (Programs, Education, Advisors and Knowledge), the at-capacity events were a mix of training and ...

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    September 1, 2023. Travel Leaders Network will be taking their Canadian travel agency members to their peak at three complimentary in-person regional events it will be hosting in Canada this fall. Each of the events will allow participants to interact with supplier partners, connect with peers and learn about top-notch agency-enhancing programs ...

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    Travel Leaders Group's annual revenue is $49.9M. Zippia's data science team found the following key financial metrics about Travel Leaders Group after extensive research and analysis. Travel Leaders Group peak revenue was $49.9M in 2023. Travel Leaders Group has 1,000 employees, and the revenue per employee ratio is $49,858.

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  14. Travel leaders expect spikes in hotel room rates to cool off in 2024

    Tourism leaders say the end of pent-up demand for travel post-pandemic, combined with more hotel rooms coming online, could help travelers avoid lodging price spikes heading into peak travel season. Visitors bureau leaders in multiple Northern Michigan tourism hotspots all say they are expecting a stabilization of hotel rates coming out of the ...

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    It was to Travel Leaders Network's annual EDGE conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center—a sold-out event that attracted more than 1,700 attendees, including 1,300-plus travel advisors, from May 8-10. "This is the second-largest EDGE," said Roger E. Block, CTC, president of Travel Leaders Network (TLN).

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    Rather than face crowds and high prices, many people are choosing to avoid peak travel seasons. But as global tourist numbers continue to rise, traditional low seasons are getting busier than ever ...

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    Best/Worst Times to Drive and Peak Congestion by Metro INRIX , a provider of transportation data and insights, says the worst times to travel by car before and on July 4 th are between 2pm and 7pm. Drivers should hit the road in the morning, and travelers returning on Monday, July 8 th should avoid rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon.

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  20. Best and worst drive times for Fourth of July week travel

    This year, 2.8 million more people will travel by car than last year, for a total of 60.6 million travelers. According to AAA partner and rental car company Hertz, cities like Dallas, Los Angeles ...

  21. How the Peak Travel Season Will Impact Payment Fraud

    A Record-Breaking Amount of Travel Will Happen This Summer — Here's How Peak Travel Seasons Impact Payment Fraud As summer 2024 expects record-breaking travel, businesses affected by tourism ...

  22. Students travel across Alabama to retrace the steps of civil rights leaders

    An interdisciplinary group of USF students participated in a week-long immersive summer course designed to provide more insight on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The students traveled across portions of the "Civil Rights Trail" in Alabama, which included visits to historical sites ...

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  25. FSU Football Set to Travel Third-Most Miles in ACC This Season

    FSU fans are known for their strong travel support, as seen over the past two seasons. Both 'home and home' games against LSU appeared like true home games for Florida State, even though ...

  26. Corporation for Travel Promotion Board of Directors

    The Department of Commerce (Department) is currently seeking applications from travel and tourism leaders from specific industry sectors for membership on the Board of Directors (Board) of the Corporation (doing business as Brand USA). The purpose of the Board is to guide the Corporation on matters relating to the promotion of the United States ...

  27. 5 Easy Ways to Save on Travel This Summer

    Inflation may be cooling, but taking a summer trip can still feel like a big swing financially. A recent Washington State University survey found that a whopping 96% of Americans say that current (or rising) prices will impact their travel plans, potentially affecting everything from destinations to activities.. To help you navigate it all, Money asked experts to share their top tips for ...

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    Solar cells will in all likelihood be the single biggest source of electrical power on the planet by the mid 2030s. By the 2040s they may be the largest source not just of electricity but of all ...

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  30. Major Melbourne hospitals impose hiring freeze after being asked to cut

    The Victorian health minister says she has asked health services to "take a good look at where they are spending their money", but emphasised the government was "not asking hospitals to stop any ...