Sept/Oct 2009 Issue

Survey finds travelers to head West

Seventy percent of leisure travelers surveyed said they would like to visit the western regions of the United States within the next two years, with national parks dominating travelers’ wish lists.

Two-thirds of leisure travelers are now very interested in visiting national parks.

The survey, conducted by the Ypartnership/Yankelovich 2009 National Travel Monitor, also found 62 percent of leisure travelers would like to visit the South. One-third of those surveyed said Florida was the destination they would like to visit most during the next two years, with the Florida Keys and Orlando holding top spots for Sunshine State getaways.

National park and history fans may be interested in a documentary, “Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway,” that was partially underwritten by AAA. The 76-day, 5,000-mile, inaugural tour of the National Park-to-Park Highway in 1920 is the focus of this award-winning documentary, which will air on select public television stations throughout the country between May 2009 and April 2012. To purchase the two-part series on DVD for $24.95 or for more information on the documentary, visit www.PavingtheWay.TV.

3 Branson hotels get green certs

Three Branson hotels–Comfort Inns & Suites Branson Meadows, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills and Comfort Inn West–recently were certified as green by the Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association (MHLA). The properties are owned by Myer Hotels of Branson.

To qualify, hotels must display environmental information to educate staff and guests, achieve certain project levels within various categories (conservation, recycling) and pass random independent inspections.

There are 15 certified g reen MHLA hotels. Visit for a complete list.

Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon has awed travelers since 1919, the year it was designated a national park. photo


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