I'm in Asheville, N.C. (more about that later!) at a conference of the Southeast Tourism Society. One of the questions under discussion: How will the economy affect travel this year?
It's a subject we've reported on at the Miami Herald. Our reporting -- along with the research of some pretty smart people -- tells us that vacation time is sacred. Despite the economic downtown, Americans will continue to take vacations this year. But they may scale back, stay closer to home, eat in less-grand restaurants or downscale their accommodations. And they probably won't be going to Europe.
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RESULTS OF OUR PREVIOUS POLL
Q: Can a "deal'' such as an extra night free or free gas influence your vacation decision?
- Definitely: 25 percent
- Possibly: 43 percent.
- Unlikely: 30 percent.