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Half of American vacation travelers will stay with friends and relatives this summer

Almost half of vacation travelers are planning to stay at least part of their vacation with friends or relatives this summer, according to a survey…

Almost half of vacation travelers are planning to stay at least part of their vacation with friends or relatives this summer, according to a survey by American Consumer Opinion<.> Online, a worldwide panel of consumers who get paid to take surveys.



About one out of three will stay at a hotel on at least one occasion, while three out of ten vacationers will use a motel. Smaller numbers, about one out of ten, report they will stay at a bed and breakfast inn or camp in a state, national, or private campground or RV camp.



Both the effects of the recent recession and a desire to visit with family and friends are likely at play in the large numbers of vacationers planning to stay with friends and relatives, said Jerry W. Thomas, President/CEO of Decision Analyst, Inc., which owns American Consumer Opinion Online.



Vacation Travelers’ Lodging Plans In 2002


  • Friends Relatives 45%

  • Hotel 38%

  • Motel 28%

  • State/Natl.Park Campground 9%

  • Private Campground 9%

  • B&B Inn 8%

  • Other 12%

  • Don’t Know 7%


Eight out of 10 Americans said they will take at least one vacation trip this summer, according to the survey, while the remaining 22% of the respondents either haven’t yet decided whether to take a vacation trip, or do not plan to take any vacation trips this year.



Number Of Vacation Trips Planned For 2002


  • None 16%

  • One 38%

  • Two 28%

  • Three 8%

  • Four+ 4%

  • Don’t Know 6%


Based on an Internet survey of 495 U.S. respondents balanced by gender, age and geography, conducted between May 10 and May 17, 2002. Respondents were members of the American Consumer Opinion(TM) Online panel, one of the largest consumer panels in the world, which includes over 3.5 million consumers in over 150 countries. Consumers can sign up to join the panel in one of eight languages: English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Japanese or Chinese.

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