QUEBEC CITY, June 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Summer is once again
synonymous with holidays for the CAA-Quebec members surveyed this past
May. In fact, 69% of respondents said they will take vacations this
summer, compared with 63% of those interviewed in 2012. And vacation
times also seem to be getting longer, with 35% of respondents saying
they expect to take two weeks, compared with 24% of members surveyed in
"These figures stand out in comparison to last year, when respondents
seemed to show a sense of gloom or indecision regarding their holiday
plans," says Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Assistant Vice President,
Public and Government Relations. "It would appear that the economic
uncertainty hovering over us last year is of less concern now to
vacationers, who are heading out in larger numbers." The 2013 figures
provide evidence of this, with 41% of respondents planning to make five
or more trips involving at least one night away from home, compared
with 30% in 2012 and 2011.
Quebec is well ahead as a destination, followed by the United States
The destination most favoured by vacationers is the province of Quebec —
chosen by 52% of those surveyed. In second place is the U.S. East
Coast, selected by 12%. That region does not seem to have declined in
popularity, despite the Boston marathon attack. "Each year, Quebec
stands out as the place of choice for people going on vacation," Ms.
Gagnon notes. "It's true that, with our wide-open spaces, our abundant
nature and our many lakes, we have what it takes in terms of getting
away from it all. These features seem increasingly popular, with
camping making a big comeback."
Fully 21% of respondents said they would be going camping this year, up
from 14% in 2012. "Camping is ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy the
scenery and engage in outdoor activities without spending a bundle of
money," Ms. Gagnon adds. "This may explain the increase in popularity."
Vacation budgets remain stable, with 55% of those surveyed estimating
that they will spend between $500 and $2,000 on their trips.
Not surprisingly, the automobile continues to be the preferred means of
transportation for most respondents, with 76% making this choice. For
finding their way around, GPS is the tool favoured by 59% of
respondents going by car, while paper documents, such as road maps and
TripTik® itineraries, are used by more than one-third of the members surveyed.
Worth knowing: waiting times at customs and new passports
CAA-Quebec reminds travellers that waiting times at border crossings may
be longer than previously because of U.S. budget cuts earlier in the
year. Questioned about possible delays in entering the U.S. by land or
air, 45% of respondents planning to vacation in the U.S. said they
would arrive earlier at customs to avoid long lines.
Finally, the new 10-year Canadian passports, to be issued starting this
July, already seem to have many fans, with 75% of members surveyed
saying they would choose these, despite the $160 pricetag for a 10-year
passport, compared to $120 for a five-year document.
The survey was conducted online between May 9 and 26, 2013, among 1,319
CAA-Quebec members. In a random sample of that size, the highest margin
of error would be about 2.7%, 19 times out of 20.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1,220,000 members.
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