Summer Family Vacation Best Planned Now Says TravelAndTourReview.com

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TravelAndTourReview.com reports a rise this March of four times the number of brochure requests compared with last December. Taken together with the forecast of higher travel costs for 2007, this increase in requests suggests travelers are moving quickly to keep their summer travel costs down. According to travel experts, the period from March to April is indeed the best time to plan summer tours.

TravelAndTourReview.com, a top online travel resource, has reported the number of brochure requests to have risen by four times this March, as compared with December (http://travelandtourreview.com). This recent boost in requests taken together with the 2007 American Express Business Travel Forecast's projections that all trips will see significant increases in costs suggests consumers are moving early in the season to get the best possible prices. TravelAndTourReview.com advises booking ahead may help customers avert the year's rising travel costs.

The 2007 American Express Business Travel Forecast reports that popular U.S. travel destinations like San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia will see lodging costs rise by up to 10 percent in the upscale sector. New York hotels are projected to shoot up prices by 18 percent. These rising costs could affect tour pricing, so travelers are advised to book early.

European travel plans will also increase in price as the year progresses. The same American Express Forecast projects that global international business-class fares will bump up by as much as 3 to 7 percent in 2007. Those who skip the European long-haul flight for a top travel destination within the continental U.S. will still see a 2007 fare increase of between 3 to 5 percent.

Nancy Byrne, Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of Travel and Tourism, told ABC that travelers will get the best choices and the best deals if they start shopping now.

To beat rising costs and save time, travelers can use Web sites such as TravelAndTourReview.com. Visitors can enter information about the type of vacation they would like, and the site immediately performs a search of top-rated tour companies (http://travelandtourreview.com). Consumers are matched to tour operators and are able to request brochures at no charge.

Online travel resource TravelAndTourReview.com has identified and teamed up with some of the most respected and exciting travel-tour agencies. The brochure request site provides users with the resources they need to plan the perfect vacation.

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