The traditional summer travel season is winding down in the US, but a look ahead to Labor Day reveals a steady interest in time off and exploration. Amadeus, a global leader in travel technology, with its unique ability to track forward-looking, on-the-books hotel occupancy in major markets around the world, cites the leading markets for Labor Day travel. All top 10 markets currently exceed 55% occupancy two weeks prior to the holiday.
Current overall US occupancy leading up to the holiday is 36% which is a 71% increase over 2020. Hotel occupancy numbers are showing sustained performance and are consistent with 35-40% occupancy in 2018 and 2019, a week out from the long holiday weekend.
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 (0-7 days) of the holiday.
Top 10 markets searched for air travel during the Labor Day holiday
(For the week leading into the Labor Day holiday: August 29 – September 4, 2021)
- New York
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Fort Lauderdale
Source: Amadeus Air Search Travel Data as of 8/20/21.
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.
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