CCRA Announces The Top Trending Cities For 2015/16 Winter and Holiday Travel in the U.S. and Abroad, Based On Travel Agent Hotel Bookings

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Paris Is Among The Top 5 International Winter Holiday Travel Destinations Booked By Travel Professionals

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Following the recent terror attacks in Paris, our hotel bookings suggest that U.S. consumers have not cancelled their pre-arranged holiday trips to Paris

CCRA Travel Commerce Network – a global hub for travel technology, marketing, accreditation and education – today announced 2015/16 winter and holiday destination trending based on bookings made by travel agents via the CCRAtravel.com hotel booking engine. The top ten domestic and international cities booked by travel professionals through CCRA’s hotel booking engine during the winter travel season are listed below. Additionally, the top 5 U.S. and international destinations for hotel stays between December 19th through January 10th forecast where U.S. consumers are traveling during the busy Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday weeks, and Paris is included as one of CCRA’s newly trending international holiday travel destinations.

Below are the list of cities, in descending order, which have received the greatest number of hotel bookings for arrivals between December 21, 2015 and March 18, 2016. A NEW designation indicates that the city is new to CCRA’s top trending destination list compared to hotel bookings made during the same winter travel periods in 2014/2015:

The Top 10 U.S. Cities For Winter 2015/16 Hotel Stays:
1.    Las Vegas, NV
2.    Orlando, FL
3.    New Orleans, LA
4.    San Mateo, CA **NEW
5.    Anaheim, CA **NEW
6.    Fort Lauderdale, FL
7.    New York, NY
8.    San Francisco, CA **NEW
9.    Miami, FL
10.    Honolulu, HI

The Top 10 International Cities For Winter 2015/16 Hotel Stays:
1.    Panama City, PA
2.    San Juan, PR
3.    Sydney, AU
4.    Cancun, MEX
5.    Auckland, NZ **NEW
6.    Boracay Island, PH
7.    Toronto, CA **NEW
8.    London, BR
9.    Buenos Aires, AR **NEW
10.    Rome, IT

Looking specifically at the holiday travel period of December 19th, 2015 through January 10th, 2016, the following cities have received the highest number of hotel bookings:

The Top 5 U.S. Cities For Winter Holiday Travel:
1.    Orlando, FL
2.    Las Vegas, NV
3.    New York, NY
4.    Fort Lauderdale, FL
5.    Long Beach, CA **NEW

The Top 5 International Cities For Winter Holiday Travel:
1.    Rome, IT
2.    Sydney, AUS **NEW
3.    Paris, FR **NEW
4.    Buenos Aires, AR **NEW
5.    Cancun, MX

“Based on our hotel booking trends report, warmer-weather coastal cities throughout California and Florida continue to be very popular U.S. winter travel destinations this year,” said Dic Marxen, President and CEO of CCRA. “Of particular interest are three new international cities that are luring more U.S. travelers this winter holiday season: Sydney, Buenos Aires and Paris. Following the recent terror attacks in Paris, our hotel bookings suggest that U.S. consumers have not cancelled their pre-arranged holiday trips to Paris. Even more during these tumultuous times consumers benefit from the support and expertise of travel professionals in providing expert advice, insightful recommendations and 24/7 assistance when planning overseas trips, especially during the busy holiday travel weeks.”

Travel agents may receive competitive commissions at hotels in all of these trending winter travel destinations via CCRA’s hotel booking engine. CCRAtravel.com currently provides individual travel professionals and travel agencies with access to real-time inventory at over 180,000 hotels worldwide, and the ability to select from a variety of different rate categories on a single search. The hotel booking engine will be re-launched this winter and will be significantly enhanced for travel agents with state-of-the-art reservations and booking technology, easy to read “at-a-glance” information and richer hotel descriptions, faster navigation, an increased hotel inventory, and more flexible payment options. For more information or to register, travel agents and agencies 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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