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July/August 2016 Issue

Little Rock branch presents events

Whether by rail or by sea, AAA Travel has ideas for your next memorable vacation, and you can learn more at two events scheduled this month in the Little Rock area.

Grand Canyon Railway presents its Rails to the Rim program at 6:30 p.m. on July 7 at The Burgundy Hotel (1501 Merrill Drive) in Little Rock, Ark.

See the Grand Canyon during the National Park Service’s centennial year with relaxing round-trip train travel from Williams, Ariz., to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Celebrity Cruises puts the world within reach for discerning travelers. The cruise line’s 10 ships, including the newest Celebrity Reflection, visit ports in Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and more. Hear about your next exciting cruise getaway during the Cruising with Celebrity program at 6 p.m. on July 26 at The Burgundy Hotel in Little Rock.

Each event is free and open to the public, and you can reserve your spot by calling the AAA Little Rock branch office at (501) 223-9222, Ext. 111.


Grand Canyon Railway


Ace Hotel New Orleans now open

New Orleans, La., is a city known for its restaurants and hotels, and there’s always a growing number of choices here to enjoy.

The city’s Warehouse District in March welcomed the Ace Hotel New Orleans, located at 600 Carondelet. The 234-room boutique property offers on-site dining at its Josephine Estelle, a Southern-inspired Italian restaurant under the direction of Memphis James Beard finalists Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. The hotel, which has a rooftop garden and pool, revamped a 1928 Art Deco building.



“The Big Easy” is on a tourism roll

New Orleans’ visitors spending more on trips

Dollars Spent by Visitors 2015

$7.05 billion

3.5 percent increase from 2014

Number of Visitors in 2015

9.78 million

2.7 percent increase from 2014

Overnight Visitors in 2015

Average stay:
4.2 nights

Spent $238 per person, per day

Visitor Demographic

69 percent repeat visitors

36 percent aged 5064

48 percent drove to area

Source: New Orleans Visitor Profile study for 2015 completed by the University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center for the New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation


Large festivals during the second quarter of the year, such as Jazz Fest, created a peak period for visitors to New Orleans in 2015. New Orleans CVB


Robust summer for travel is expected

According to a recent AAA survey, more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) are planning to take a family vacation of 50 miles or more away from home involving two or more immediate family members in the next 12 months.

AAA estimates that U.S. drivers have saved nearly $12 billion on gas so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, and drivers this summer should pay the lowest gas prices in 12 years. These lower gas prices have helped motivate Americans to drive at record levels, and prompted many families to take road trips this year. Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices.



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