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Tour Operators Offer 20 Percent Savings Compared to 2008
Tour operators have lowered prices an average 20 percent compared to 2008 on many vacations, in response to the soft economy and stronger U.S. dollar in many destinations, according to the U.S. Tour Operators Association. A recent member survey revealed a range of savings, from 10 percent to more than 50 percent for the same vacation when compared to last year.
A recent consumer survey commissioned by USTOA found that three out of four Americans say they will travel this year, but most are staying closer to home in response to the recession.
Affordability ranked number one consideration in planning a vacation, with almost 30 percent of those surveyed saying they would seek destinations that offer more value. And, while more than 45 percent of Americans said they were not going abroad this year, almost 15 percent were lured by a stronger dollar.
Another example is a 10-day land-cruise package in Greece. Available through August 31 the same package cost $1,500 per person in 2008, but sells for $995 this year, with free accommodation upgrades.
In South Africa, through November, a 10-day land-only tour of Cape Town, the Garden Route and Kruger National Park for families, is $6,355 per person versus $7,855 per person in 2008 –a saving of $1500. A savings of nearly 20 percent over last year, the tour includes most meals, sightseeing and activities. International air fare is additional.
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