Travel prices are rising as summer approaches, driven by labor and supply costs, and consumer demand. In March, travel prices rose an average of 8.5 percent, and hotel rates rose an average of 11.7 percent. Ultimately, travelers are willing to pay a premium for a better experience. But how much should you pay for your next vacation?
The hotel industry grew at a rapid rate after World War II, during an economic boom that sent incomes skyrocketing. In addition, organized labor had made paid vacations a reality for millions of workers, and the interstate highway system and reliable passenger aircraft made travel easier. As more people travelled, the hotel industry became a battleground in domestic politics.
The best way to get the best rates on hotels is to call travel suppliers directly. This gives you an opportunity to ask about specials and negotiate discounts. You can also find hotel listings by name or by category by calling 1-800-Free411. If you’re planning a trip during peak travel times, call the hotel ahead of time to avoid wasting time trying to find a room.
The travel industry has changed drastically in the last decade. More information is available online, and new opportunities have arisen for home-based agents specializing in Travel & Hotel Management.