(PRWEB) May 18, 2012
Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC reports on a new Deloitte survey that has more Americans planning to kick-off the summer with a Memorial Day weekend excursion this year.
Nearly one-third (31 percent) of those responding plan on taking a leisure trip, compared to the 24 percent who say they traveled over the Memorial Day weekend last year. For the remainder of the summer travel season, the majority (54 percent) expect to take a trip between June 1 and Labor Day, which is slightly more than those who say they ventured out during the same time period in 2011 (52 percent).
Big4.com notes that two-thirds have noticed an increase in airfare, but just 16 percent changed their summer travel destination or decided not to book a trip that involved flying. Rising fuel costs may change travel plans for lower income households. For people who expect to travel between June 1 and Labor Day and have a total annual income of $99,000 or below, one quarter (25 percent) indicate they would cancel a summer trip if gas prices were to increase one dollar, whereas only 11 percent of those earning more than $100,000 per year say the same.
Finally Big4.com notes that value-conscious consumers are looking for more in services and added amenities, including complimentary breakfast, free wireless internet access and free parking.
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