CCRA Announces Fall 2014 Travel & Hotel Booking Trends

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Top 10 Fall Travel Destinations in the U.S. and Abroad Unveiled, Based On Travel Agent Hotel Bookings Made Through CCRAtravel.com

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Our quarterly CCRAtravel.com hotel booking trend reports provide useful insight into the countries and cities of interest for travelers who are seeking the services of travel professionals to book their hotel stays

CCRA – a leading provider of global business-related solutions for travel suppliers and travel professionals – today announced the top ten domestic and international fall vacation destinations based on travel agent hotel bookings made via the CCRAtravel.com hotel reservations portal. The hotel booking report reveals several new and trending destinations for fall 2014 compared to last fall, including four new U.S. cities to make the "Top 10 U.S. Cities" list and two new countries to appear on the "Top 10 International Cities" list. This information allows the travel industry to keep tabs on where consumers who seek travel professionals’ services are planning to travel in the U.S. and abroad, this fall.

The following top ten domestic and international cities have received the greatest number of hotel bookings to-date through CCRAtravel.com, for fall arrivals between September 23rd and December 20th, 2014:

The Top 10 U.S. Cities For Fall 2014:

1. Las Vegas, NV
2. New York, NY
3. Orlando, FL
4. Anaheim, CA
5. New Orleans, LA
6. Kauai Island, HI *NEW
7. Miami, FL
8. Linthicum, MD *NEW
9. San Diego, CA *NEW
10. Nashville, TN *NEW

The Top 10 International Cities For Fall 2014:

1. Paris, FR
2. London, GB
3. Barcelona, ES
4. Rome, IT
5. Reykjavik, IS *NEW
6. Amsterdam, NL
7. Florence, IT
8. Madrid, ES
9. Venice, IT
10. Istanbul, TR *NEW

Based on CCRA’s year-over-year 2013/2014 hotel booking comparisons, the following four new cities appear on CCRA’s Top 10 U.S. Cities list for 2014 fall arrivals: Kauai Island, HI; Linthicum, MD; San Diego, CA; and Nashville, TN. Additionally, Reykjavik, Iceland and Istanbul, Turkey are two new countries and cities to appear on CCRA’s Top 10 International Cities list.

"Our quarterly CCRAtravel.com hotel booking trend reports provide useful insight into the countries and cities of interest for travelers who are seeking the services of travel professionals to book their hotel stays," said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA Travel Commerce Network. "This Fall we have seen several new cities and countries appear on our “Top 10 Cities” lists compared to fall 2013. However, we were not entirely surprised by this as many of these trending 2014 travel destinations were predicted to be emerging vacation hotspots by various travel industry sources. For example, Iceland was listed as one of CNN’s “Top places to go in 2014” because of this year’s expected spectacular Northern Lights display and Istanbul, Turkey was named the “hottest destination for 2014” based on a TripAdvisor traveler poll. Some of the new cities that appear on our Top 10 U.S. City list, including San Diego, Nashville, and Hawaii’s Kauai Island have been promoting affordable travel package deals and enticing hotel offers that make these ideal places for travelers of all ages and interests to visit this autumn. Through our CCRAtravel.com portal, travel agents earn competitive commissions and provide their clients with incredible value and affordable hotel rates in the most popular 2014 travel destinations across the globe."

These fall travel trends are based on hotel bookings made by travel agents via CCRA’s proprietary hotel booking portal, CCRAtravel.com. CCRAtravel.com offers travel agents real-time availability for up to five different rate categories on a single search at over 180,000 hotels worldwide. Agents can choose between GDS rates, Promotional rates, Internet rates, Net rates and the 15% Enhanced Commission rate categories. In addition, agents can set their own commission by adding a mark-up to Net rates. Qualified travel agents can register to use the CCRAtravel.com hotel reservations portal for free, by visiting: http://www.ccratravel.com/app/register/register.aspx.

ABOUT CCRA

Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network has been a global solutions provider for the travel industry for more than four decades, dedicated to bringing together travel planning professionals and suppliers around the world via marketing and technology. The company is comprised of the CCRA Call Center Solutions, CCRA Global Business Development, CCRA Hotel Partner Solutions, and CCRA Air Partner Solutions. In 2014, CCRA acquired the Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN) and Travel Retail Universal Enumeration, Inc. (TRUE) with the goal of furthering the company’s global expansion initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.ccra.com.

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