CCRA Announces Summer 2015 Travel Trends

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CCRA Unveils The Top 10 Cities For Summer Travel in the U.S. and Abroad, Based On Travel Agent Bookings Made Through CCRA’s Commissionable Hotel & Air Booking Engines

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Our quarterly booking trends report provides the travel industry with useful information on where consumers who seek travel professionals’ services are planning to vacation in the U.S. and abroad over the upcoming summer travel season

CCRA Travel Commerce Network– a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation and education – today announced the top 10 trending domestic and international summer vacation destinations based on travel agent bookings made through the CCRAtravel.com hotel booking engine. CCRA also revealed the Top 5 international air booking trends for summer U.S. departures, based on bookings made by travel agents through CCRA’s AirSelect Central commissionable air booking engine.

The following ten domestic and international cities have received the greatest number of hotel bookings to-date through the CCRAtravel.com hotel reservations portal, for summer arrivals between June 21st and September 22nd, 2015:

The Top 10 U.S. Cities For Summer 2015 Hotel Stays:
1.    Las Vegas, NV
2.    New Orleans, LA
3.    Myrtle Beach, SC
4.    New York, NY
5.    Seattle, WA
6.    Orlando, FL
7.    Traverse City, MI **NEW
8.    Chicago, IL **NEW
9.    Miami, FL
10.    Atlanta, GA **NEW

The Top 10 International Cities For Summer 2015 Hotel Stays:
1.    Paris, France
2.    Rome, Italy
3.    Vancouver, Canada
4.    Amsterdam, Netherlands
5.    Barcelona, Spain
6.    London, Great Britain
7.    Edinburgh, Great Britain **NEW
8.    Florence, Italy **NEW
9.    Grindelwald, Switzerland **NEW
10.    Munich, Germany **NEW

Based on CCRA’s year-over-year 2014/2015 hotel booking comparisons, the following three new cities appear on CCRA’s Top 10 U.S. Cities list for 2015 summer arrivals: Traverse City, MI; Chicago, IL; and Atlanta, GA. Additionally, the following four new cities appear on CCRA’s Top 10 International Cities list: Edinburgh, Great Britain; Florence, Italy; Grindelwald, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany.

CCRA’s Top 5 International Air Booking Trends are based on the greatest number of U.S. departures to the following international cities that have been booked by travel agents via the CCRA AirSelect Central booking engine, during the same summer 2015 travel period:

The Top 5 International Air Booking Trends For Summer 2015:
1.    Edinburgh, Great Britain
2.    Venice, Italy
3.    Copenhagen, Denmark
4.    St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
5.    Paris, France

“Our quarterly booking trends report provides the travel industry with useful information on where consumers who seek travel professionals’ services are planning to vacation in the U.S. and abroad over the upcoming summer travel season,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA Travel Commerce Network. “The appearance of four new cities on our Top 10 international cities list suggests several new trending 2015 summer vacation destinations abroad including: Edinburgh, Florence, Grindelwald, and Munich. These cities boast world-renowned festivals during the summer months featuring numerous art-related events such as: Edinburgh Art Festival, the UK's largest annual celebration of visual art; the internationally acclaimed Munich film festival; the annual Florence carpet of flowers display that cover the city’s main square in colorful blooms; and the stunning natural displays of sculptures and creations in the great outdoors during Grindelwald’s Landart-Festival. On the domestic side, an exciting addition to our top 10 U.S Cities list is Traverse, Michigan, recently named an “up-and-coming food city” by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the “Must-See American Cities” by Horizon Travel Magazine.”

CCRA’s hotel and air booking engines allow travel agents to pass along incredible savings to their clients, when arranging trips to these leading summer travel destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Travel agents also benefit by receiving competitive commissions for an increasingly diverse array of CCRA preferred hotel and airline partners that truly value travel agent business.

Through CCRA AirSelect Central, travel agencies can book domestic and international airlines with auto-ticketing available 24/7, and receive commissions of up to 25 percent for qualifying reservations from CCRA preferred international airline partners. Agencies will then receive 80 percent of the total air commissions earned. Once bookings have been made, CCRA will handle the ticket fulfillment and will reconcile air carrier commission payments and service fees to travel agencies. To register or learn more about the AirSelect Central and AirSelect Direct programs, travel agents may visit: http://www.ccra.com/air.

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. To register, travel agents may visit: http://www.ccratravel.com/app/register/register.aspx.

ABOUT CCRA:
Based in Ft. Worth, Texas, CCRA Travel Commerce Network is a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation and education. For over forty years, CCRA has connected travel professionals and suppliers with the products and services they need to drive revenue, relationships and brand recognition in the travel marketplace. From the TRUE accreditation and coding system to hotels, air, call center services and more, CCRA is truly where the travel industry connects. For more information, visit http://www.ccra.com.

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