B&B travel is up, according to leading travel research firm PhoCusWright and BedandBreakfast.com (with 14 percent of travelers staying in a B&B for at least one of their leisure trips in 2013, a notable rise from 9 percent in 2010). Well known for its B&B trend surveys, BedandBreakfast.com’s Summer Travel Trends survey of more than 1,100 B&B travelers conducted in early July 2014 revealed that 75-percent of B&B travelers planning a summer getaway say they will stay in at least one B&B, up from 59-percent last year. PhoCusWright also reported in its U.S. Consumer Travel Report that three in 10 travelers plan to spend more, take more trips and travel farther in 2014.
B&B travelers are not alone. The travel sentiment is strong this year, and B&B goers are following national travel trends planning to take more summer trips this year than last year. The BedandBreakfast.com Summer Travel Trends Survey showed that a staggering 40 percent of B&B goers are planning three or more leisure trips this summer, up from 33 percent last year. Nearly one in four respondents say they also plan to stay in luxury accommodations this summer, with nearly half willing to spend between $200-$300 a night.
To encourage travelers to choose B&Bs from their Diamond Collection, a group of more than 450 professionally inspected, luxury inns, BedandBreakfast.com is offering a “Summer of Smart Luxury” sweepstakes. Travelers can win a weekend getaway that includes a B&B, air/car travel, and other extras, valued at more than $1,000. The “Summer of Smart Luxury” sweepstakes runs between July 22 and August 17 on the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page. Travelers who like the BedandBreakfast.com Facebook page are automatically entered to win one of two weekend getaway packages, one by land and one by air (each valued at more than $1,000).
According to the BedandBreakfast.com Summer Travel Trends Survey and destination search data on BedandBreakfast.com, the top B&B destinations this summer are:
1. London, England
2. Fredericksburg, TX
3. Cape May, NJ
4. Charleston, SC
5. Newport, RI
6. New York, NY
7. Savannah, GA
8. Key West, FL
9. San Francisco, CA
10. St. Augustine, FL
Thus, if you're planning a summer B&B getaway you'll be in good company. The lesson: book early and plan ahead as summer travel is strong this year from Boston to Baton Rouge and throughout the USA and UK.
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