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Business travelers will drive travel industry through the rest of 2011

October 5, 2011

During the warmer months, the amount of people traveling for vacations and family trips is far higher than in the fall, winter and early spring. As vacations grow less common, business travelers resume their role as the majority of consumers in the travel industry. In spite of the decline in leisure travel, TravelClick's 2011 North American Hospitality Review projects that demand will remain high for the rest of this year, and it's thanks to people who travel for work.

"As the late summer leisure travel season comes to a close, it is clear that the business travel segment will resume it's role as the primary demand driver for U.S. hotels throughout the rest of 2011," said Tim Hart, the executive vice president of business intelligence at TravelClick. "However, it is important to note that, while the outlook for the travel industry is strong, we need to pay close attention to the recent pace of bookings, particularly in group travel, which has slowed over the past 30 days."

Whether traveling alone or with a group, businessmen and women may want to bring along calling cards so they can stay in touch with their loved ones and check in at the office while they're out of town.

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