AAA to Host Annual Travel Show Virtually, Bookings Increase as Vaccines Become More Available

By  //  April 13, 2021

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Travel is on the rebound right now

A sign of the times, AAA is forgoing its annual in-person travel shows this year, which normally attract thousands of people to area convention centers. (AAA image)

(AAA) – A sign of the times, AAA is forgoing its annual in-person travel shows this year, which normally attract thousands of people to area convention centers.

Instead, The Auto Club Group will host these shows virtually, giving prospective travelers an opportunity to plan their next vacation in a socially distant environment.

“Travel is on the rebound right now, as bookings with AAA increased in March,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“With vaccines becoming more widely available, people are feeling more confident about traveling again. However, because of the pandemic, some things are not yet open for travelers. This travel show will enable people to talk directly to the experts. They can ask questions, learn about emerging trends, and even book their next vacation all from the comfort of their own home.”

Virtual travel shows have really caught on. Since the pandemic began, attendance to AAA live virtual events has more than tripled, with an increase of more than 240 percent.

The top three reasons Floridians cite for attending a virtual travel show are because it’s more convenient (24%), to avoid being in crowds (24%), and to avoid getting sick (22%) – according to a new AAA travel survey.

The AAA Virtual Travel and Adventure Show

■ Wednesday, April 14, 2021
■ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
■ Free – Available to AAA Members and Non-Members
Click here to register
■ AAA will announce future virtual travel shows at a later date

During the show, guests will have the ability to:

■ Learn about top vacation destinations, including places you can visit NOW
■ Work directly with expert AAA Travel Advisors who can provide advice and guidance to help you travel safer
■ Access exclusive day-of-show special offers
■ Hear from top industry experts like Emmy award-winning travel celebrity, Samantha Brown, host of PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Travel Trends

Three of five (62%) Floridians plan to travel in 2021. AAA has noticed a strong demand for vacations this summer, as many expect to be vaccinated by then. People are also capitalizing on great deals and incentives to book now for a trip in 2022.

Hottest destinations in 2021 – Dominican Republic, Iceland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica
Hottest trends for 2022 – Ocean cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean; river cruises in Europe

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