According to the most recent figures released by the Travel Industry Association of America, travel will decrease 8.4 percent for the remainder of December and into January and February.
TIA’s Winter 2001-2002 Travelometer reports that Americans are expected to take nearly 118 million person-trips this winter—down from last winter’s 128 million figure. (A person-trip is defined as one person traveling more than 50 miles from home, one way.)
Travel Industry Association of America forecasts that while 14 percent of business travelers say they plan to go on the road more this winter than last, 15 percent say they expect to travel less.
About 70 percent of those planning travel for either business or pleasure say they will travel about the same amount as they did last winter.
"Although travel has been on the rise since Sept. 11, this winter forecast clearly indicates the industry has not fully recovered," said William S. Norman, TIA’s president/c.e.o.
Results of TIA’s Winter 2001-2002 Travelometer are based on a representative sample survey of 1,000 travelers conducted in October, and on TIA’s seasonal travel forecasting model developed in partnership with DRI/McGraw-Hill.