September 2. As the traditional summer travel season begins to wind down in the U.S., new travel trends data from leading travel technology company, Amadeus, show that there is a continuation of steady interest in time off and exploration this Labor Day despite the current climate and back-to-school season, with all top 10 markets currently exceeding 55 percent hotel occupancy two weeks prior to holiday.
The new data shows current overall U.S. hotel occupancy leading up to the holiday is 36 percent, which is a 71 percent increase over 2020 and includes such top markets as Sierra Vista, Ariz. and followed by top summer destination Kahului, Hawaii.
Based on top 10 markets searched for air travel during Labor Day holiday, New York tops the list followed by, in order, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago. Orlando, Denver, Miami, Atlanta, London and Fort Lauderdale.
While reservation numbers are slowing, overall occupancy trends are steady. Consistent with previous holidays this year, booking lead times remain short with most reservations made within a week of the holiday. The difference in top markets for hotels and air travel indicates that road trips to more local or regional destinations remain popular and a key travel trend.
Source: Insider Travel Report.