Disappearance of Flight 370 may affect travel to Malaysia
So "it's smart" that, unlike traditional booking engines that force you to begin with a specific destination, AARP's new site "uses photography to represent different types of places, different styles of travel and different activities," he said. Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs the personal travel budget for travelers age 50 and above at over $120 billion per year. AARP also shared highlights from its own online travel survey , which found that: Americans in the demographic every year take about six overnight, nonbusiness trips of at least 50 miles from home; Eight in 10 of this group use websites to plan as well as book personal travel; These travelers spend about 3036 hours per year planning personal trips online but would prefer to spend about half as much time planning; and The age group spends about 18 hours per year online booking personal travel but would prefer to spend about 12 hours per year (at least an hour less per trip) booking. Spring break for adults CNBC consumer reporter, Kelli Grant, gives tips on planning an Adult Spring Break. "AARP Travel seeks to fix what our research showed was broken and missing in the current travel marketplace," said Stephanie Miles, AARP's vice president for member value, said via email. "Consumers spend more time than they wantand on more sites than they wantplanning and booking their personal travel," she said. For booking travel, the new site routes users to an existing AARP site powered by Expedia or to an affiliated site offering AARP-approved discounts to its members .
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The hotel booking site Trivago said it has seen a 22% drop in U.S. users searching for hotels in Malaysia in the 10 days after the plane disappeared, compared with the same period before the plane went missing. The site also reported an 18% drop in searches for Malaysian hotels from Australian users and a 22% drop in searches from New Zealand. But a senior Malaysian government official said the numbers of seats filled on flights to Malaysia, including Malaysia Airlines, "have not shown any drastic reduction." "Some business travelers may have opted for alternative carriers, but large tour groups have gone [to Malaysia] as usual," Malaysia tourism Director General Mirza Mohammad Taiyab told reporters in India, where he was promoting tourism to his country. "Leisure and vacation tourism have also remained at the same levels." India is Malaysia's top source of tourists, and the Malaysian government is on a campaign to boost travel from India even further. Still, other Malaysian tourism officials who were visiting India on Thursday told reporters that they expect a drop in travel from China because most of the passengers on Flight 370 were from there.
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