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International trips on the rise for US

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A new report by TripAdvisor reveals that 67 percent of Americans are planning a vacation overseas in 2014. The average U.S. traveler budget is $8,272 this year, up slightly from $8,202 in 2013.

Ninety-seven percent of U.S. respondents said that price was a deciding factor in arranging their travel plans.

"Exploration is back on the agenda in 2014, with more travelers planning international trips this year," said Marc Charron, president, TripAdvisor for Business. "TripBarometer offers up insights into the needs and behaviors of consumers in today's rapidly changing travel marketplace, providing valuable insights for hospitality businesses looking to attract new audiences. Travelers are upping their budgets but they are looking for bargains, expecting their accommodation of choice to deliver on value. Special offers, complimentary amenities and exceptional service are all going to be important factors in swaying potential guests."

Italy tops American travelers' list of dream vacations: Italy, Australia, and Ireland topped the list for American travelers. The USA, meanwhile, topped the list as the dream destination for travelers from Greece, Israel, and Spain.

 The survey done by TripBarometer, was based on 60,000 traveler and hoteliers around the world, including more than 10,000 U.S. respondents.

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