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Lodging Facts: Hotels Take the Lion's Share of Your Vacation Budget

Take a look at these Lodging Facts from AAA and other travel experts. Hotels eat up 60-70%+ of your vacation budget!

Hospitality Trends reports that, according to a Visa survey, Americans plan to spend an average of $1700 on their summer vacations
(15% are staying home
and 4% plan to spend over $5000).

AAA states that lodging rates across America average
$164 per night, up nearly 9.2% from last year.


Let's do the math:

$164 hotel per night

x 7 nights

=$1148 Total Lodging

$1700 average vacation budget

-$1148 total lodging

=$552 left for transportation, food and activities

Wow! Do you know how a family of three or four can cover the rest of their vacation with $552? Me either! These lodging facts tell it all!

 If you can figure out how to get there, I don't know what you're going to eat and hope you like hotel TV, because you won't be going on any dolphin safari!

That's why my children and I were in the 15% that just weren't going!


Yet the hotel industry had another record year of profits -- the best in 10 years, actually!

According to Smith Travel Research, the U.S. hotel industry’s total revenue grew 7.5 percent in 2011 to US $137.5 billion, the largest percent change in the previous 10 years, according to the Hotel Operating Statistics (HOST) Study for 2011.

Hmmm...that's a lot of money that' is a 100% loss out of my pocket! ...And what's the deal with the 9.2% inflation over last year? The whole thing sounds INFLATED to me!

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