Travel Companies see increase in business during Spring Break - KOAM TV 7

Travel Companies see increase in business during Spring Break


With months of freezing temps, and lots of snow, Spring Break was starting to feel more like an "idea", than a reality. So many four-staters booked vacations, for warmer climates and now, area travel businesses are saying "thanks" to old man winter.

Many families are packed up and ready to go. Spring break officially kicks off for many across the four states, as travelers head off to destinations all across the country.

"With this cold winter...everyone just wants to get away." Stephanie Miller, A Vacation Planner with MEI Travel Agency says.

Whether it's flying, driving or cruising...travel agents have seen a big boost for bookings to this years hottest destinations.

"We have some people going skiing in Colorado, we also have lots of people in the Caribbean. Disney Dream left today, Disney Fantasy leaves tomorrow, so there's people already down there getting ready to get on their ships." Miller says.

But for those who just enjoy a good road trip...rental car companies have also seen an increase in business.

"It's a pretty easy process. You just need a card and a license, and its pretty easy to do." says Hillari Lee, a worker with Hertz Rental Car at the Joplin Regional Airport.

On the Hertz lot, every car has been booked.

"they're all gone. In Florida or Texas that's where they've been rented to over the last few days." Lee explains.

Miller says many of her clients, especially college age, are already off to their destinations. 

"You can find places where there isn't' the huge college crowd during spring break, Unless you are a college student, then you want to go. The good news is that they tend to stay in driving distance. So it's pretty predictable.  They don't usually airfare or go far away" Miller says.

This years top destination? Miller says...Disney World.



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