Whether it’s a small-town beach, an off-the-beaten-path hike, or a scenic campground to park an RV, many travelers have come to favor quiet, less known while on vacation. But as travel demand increases and social media helps destinations gain traction, travelers may discover that their favorite hidden gem isn’t so hidden after all.
Tour operator executives have been warning for months of a busy summer season. In April, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian predicted a “very strong summer” for travel driven by pent-up demand.
“And that’s not just true at Delta. This is true in our industry. Hotels see it, car rental companies, etc. he said on the first quarter earnings call. “So we are confident that we will continue to see strong demand expand beyond the normal summer surge.”
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The surge in demand is reflected in travel prices. Average daily rates for hotel rooms in the US rose 22% from 2019 according to hotel data firm STR, and Adobe Analytics found airfares for domestic flights in April rose 27% compared to 2019 levels.
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