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Summer Travel Trends: Casinos, Wellness and Road Trips

Summer Travel Trends: Casinos, Wellness and Road Trips

By Tuesday, 02 July 2019 07:38 AM Current | Bio | Archive

School has ended, the sun is shining bright and July Fourth is right around the corner, which means vacation planning is top of mind.

An AAA travel survey found that nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation in 2019 and the top five road trip routes include Las Vegas, which hosted 42.12 million visitors last year, according to Statista.

There's no shortage of family fun to be had at Las Vegas casinos, according to Maple Casino, an online platform that analyzes and rates casinos.

For example, the Mirage Hotel and Casino, at 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, also hosts the Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, which includes lions and dolphins. “There's a resident puppeteer who won Season 10 of America's Got Talent and is a popular Vegas attraction,” said Maple Casino’s Brendan Fletcher.

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, at 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, features a Shark Reef Aquarium. an impressive pool complex with a lazy river and wave pool.

The Tournament of Kings dinner jousting show is a highlight of the Excalibur Hotel and Casino at 3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd along with an expansive arcade called the Fun Dungeon.

For stargazing, the Crown Casino, the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace are among the casinos frequented by celebrities and famous athletes, according to Maple Casino data.

“The more games a casino offers, the more popular it will be,” said Maple Casino’s Fletcher. “The most popular casinos offer a wide range of minimums.” 

The affluent are also trending towards wellness travel, which is a $4.2 trillion industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute. Wellness tourism includes trips planned for health and wellbeing through physical, psychological and spiritual activities.

“The fast-paced nature of many people's lifestyles is leading them to push back and look for relaxing experiences,” said Chris Wisson, knowledge director with Altiant, a firm specializing in luxury and wealth management.

Altiant found that 50% of high-net-worth individuals have taken a planned wellness holiday, and of those who haven’t, 80% are interested, according to Altiant. The Altiant study further found that 57% of 18- to 40-year-olds say they have previously taken a wellness holiday compared with just 41% of those over 40 years old.

“The millennial consumer has grown up with a greater awareness of mental wellbeing,” Wisson said. “Millennials are prolific travelers and are constantly looking for new and unusual holiday experiences. Social media undoubtedly plays into this and there can be an element of 'showing off' on sites like Instagram and Twitter from many people's holidays.”

Internationally, certain parts of Europe as well as regions such as Central America offer excellent value-for-the-money travel experiences, according to Chris Herrmann, author of The Youthful Art of Midlife Travel. “The growing trend is moving away from the traditional hotel style accommodation, guided tours, resorts and cruises and towards being more a part of the community,” Herrmann told Newsmax Finance.

Popular destinations abroad for casino fun include Macau, China, which hosts seven of the 20 largest casinos in the world, according to Maple Casino data, and Monaco, where some of the most exclusive casinos in the world are located, while Aruba is home to certain casinos that never close and are open 24 hours.

“Combine that casino fun with incredible beaches and friendly locals, and you could do worse for your gaming vacation,” said Maple Casino’s Fletcher.

Domestically, the top five states for road-trip destinations, according to WalletHub, are North Carolina, Wyoming, Minnesota, Virginia and Texas.

“A good state for summer road trips will have accommodations for every budget and style, from campgrounds to RV parks and from bed and breakfasts to 5-star hotels,” said Tyra Warner Hilliard, assistant professor of hospitality & tourism management with the school of business & public management at the College of Coastal Georgia.

Juliette Fairley is an author, lecturer and TV host based in New York.

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An AAA travel survey found that nearly 100 million Americans are planning to take a family vacation in 2019 and the top five road trip routes include Las Vegas, which hosted 42.12 million visitors last year, according to Statista.
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