CCRA Travel Solutions Forecasts 2013 Spring Travel Trends

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Announces Top 5 Spring 2013 Vacations Destinations In U.S. & Abroad: Reveals Year/Year Increase In International Hotel Bookings Made By Travel Agents

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"CCRA continues to closely monitor the top destinations worldwide that are driving travel agent business to further support our company's global expansion efforts and enhance our travel agent offerings" - Dic Marxen, President/CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions

CCRA Travel Solutions - a leading provider of business-related solutions for the travel professional – today announces the top five domestic and international spring 2013 vacation destinations based on travel agent hotel bookings made through the CCRAtravel.com distribution channel. CCRA also reports a 21.2 percent Yr/Yr increase in spring international hotel bookings, suggesting that travel agents are booking significantly more hotel stays in popular Europe vacation destinations this spring compared to 2012.

According to recent CCRAtravel.com statistics (data pulled on March 5th), the following cities have received the highest number of hotel bookings from travel professionals for spring arrivals between March 1st - May 31st, 2013:

The Top 5 U.S. Cities:
1. Las Vegas
2. Orlando
3. New Orleans
4 Fort Lauderdale
5. New York

The Top 5 International Cities:
1. Paris
2. London
3. Rome
4. Barcelona
5. San Juan – New to this Top 5 International Cities List

Other interesting spring 2013 trends based on a Yr/Yr comparison of hotel bookings made by agents via the CCRAtravel.com reservations portal, include the following:
-- A 21.2 Percent Increase In International Hotel Bookings
-- A 8.6 Percent Increase in U.S. Hotel Bookings
-- New to the 2013 “Top 10 International Cities” List: Puerto Vallarta & Cancun
-- New to the 2013 “Top 10 US Cities” List: Washington, DC

“CCRA continues to closely monitor the top destinations worldwide that are driving travel agent business to further support our company’s international expansion efforts and enhance our travel agent offerings,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA Travel Solutions. “Over the past year, we have significantly expanded CCRA’s global footprint, both in the number of new CCRA Global Network Partners and their affiliated travel agencies, as well as in the addition of several leading international hotel brands now participating in our 2013 negotiated rate hotel program. We credit much of the reported increase in spring 2013 hotel bookings made through CCRAtravel.com, to the growing number of our global hotel partners that offer travel agents highly competitive rates and commissions.”

A sampling of new international hotel brands that are participating in CCRA’s 2013 Hotel Program include the following: Design Hotels, NH Hotels and Guoman Thistle Hotels. CCRA has also expanded product offerings from Carlson Rezidor and Accor. CCRA continues to invite U.S. and international hotels to participate in the CCRA 2013 Hotel Preferred Rate Program, to provide tens of thousands of travel agents around the globe with rates in the GDS as well as the CCRAtravel.com hotel booking portal. For more information about the CCRA Preferred Hotel Rate Program contact hotelprogram(at)ccra(dot)com.

ABOUT CCRA
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Solutions is a global solutions provider in the Travel Industry bringing together professional travel agencies and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, the CCRA Global Network Division and CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions. CCRAtravel.com is CCRA’s proprietary hotel reservation booking engine that provides real-time rates and availability at over 180,000 hotels worldwide and allows travel agents to choose from up to five rate categories on a single search including: GDS rates, CCRA Preferred rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. Additionally, CCRA offers a variety of marketing opportunities to suppliers interested in reaching over 30,000 professional travel planners. For more information, please visit ccra.com or contact Mary Wiley at mary.wiley (at) ccra.com.

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