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Travel Shows Go Virtual Due to Pandemic

AAA trades in-person travel shows for a socially distant environment

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A sign of the times, AAA is forgoing its annual in-person travel shows this year, which normally attract hundreds seeking information on the latest travel trends and deals. Instead, The Auto Club Group is hosting these shows virtually, giving prospective travelers an opportunity to plan their next vacation in a socially distant environment.

"Travel is on the rebound," said Gene LaDoucer, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group's heartland region. "With vaccines becoming more widely available, people are feeling more confident about traveling again. However, because of the pandemic, the travel landscape has changed. Travel shows enable people to talk directly to the experts. They can ask questions, learn about emerging trends, and even book their next vacation all from the comfort of their own home."

Since the pandemic began, attendance in AAA live virtual events has more than tripled, with an increase of more than 240 percent. The top three reasons North Dakotans cite for attending a virtual travel show are to avoid being in crowds (33%), to gather information at own pace (26%), and to avoid getting sick (25%) – according to a new AAA travel survey.

Virtual Travel, Adventure Show

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

5 to 10 p.m.

Free – Available to AAA Members and Non-Members

Click here to register

During the show, guests will have the ability to:

  • Learn about top vacation destinations, including places you can visit now
  • Work directly with expert AAA Travel Advisors who can provide advice and guidance to help you travel safer
  • Access exclusive day-of-show special offers
  • Hear from top industry experts like Emmy award-winning travel celebrity, Samantha Brown, host of PBS's Samantha Brown's Places to Love

Travel Trends

About two-thirds (65%) of North Dakotans plan to travel in 2021. AAA has noticed strong demand for vacations this summer, as many expect to be vaccinated by then. People are also capitalizing on deals and incentives to book trips now. Aside from getaways to parks and lakes, AAA Travel agents have identified hot destinations and trends:

  • Hottest destinations in 2021 – Dominican Republic, Iceland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica
  • Hottest trends for 2022 – Ocean cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean; river cruises in Europe

About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in North Dakota from March 12 - 18, 2021. A total of 200 residents completed the survey. Survey results asked of all respondents have a maximum margin of error of ± 6.9% points. Responses are weighted by age and gender to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in North Dakota.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA's mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.