It’s more important than ever to plan time away to rejuvenate. As the travel industry rebounds and travel agents return to importance, a new event has been registered – “National Plan a Vacation Week.” To occur annually the third week in March, this event is aimed at encouraging Americans to take vacations with the help of travel agents.
The U.S. economy needs people to travel again. Â Not only does leisure travel help fuel economic and job growth, it actually helps make people more productive and healthy also!Â A 2006 Alertness Solutions study by former NASA scientists is stunning: “Among the findings is a dramatic 82 percent spike in performance among vacationers, showcasing the highest increase ever documented through objective testing. Even more relevant to corporate America is that the subjects continued to operate at an increased performance of nearly 25 percent even after returning from vacation.”
Plan a Vacation Week is particularly interested in promoting the role of travel agents – 100,000 strong in the U.S., many of which are self-employed or small businesses. Recent research indicates a return to travel agents, supported by younger consumers and those dissatisfied with the complexity, fragmentation and irrelevancy of online travel websites. According to the American Society of Travel Agents, 51% of all airline tickets, 87% of cruises, 81% of tours and packages, 45% of car rentals, and 47% of hotel stays are still sold by travel agents.
Americans are encouraged to help make “National Plan a Vacation Week” their annual reminder to take time for themselves and explore the world.