NEW YORK - Americans plan on spending money a bit differently this year when it comes to vacation, a new Harris Poll finds. The good news is that around 7 out of 10 respondents will spend the same amount of money or more on vacation as they did in 2011.
However, respondents indicated that they will be having staycations because of pump prices and high airfare, but will supplement being home with visits to area amusement attractions, Marketing Daily reports.
Conducted for Kalahari Resorts, the pool found that 70% of Americans will stay home for vacation this year. However, 69% will shell out around the same or more money on vacation-type activities than last year. For American families with children at home, 82% have a summer staycation planned.
"We're glad to see that while consumers are still carefully considering their summer vacation plans in the current economy, most are choosing to spend a little more on destinations and activities that will bring families and friends closer together," said Travis Nelson, spokesman for Kalahari Resorts. "This survey shows that American families can still economize while creating quality, shared experiences and memories that will last a lifetime."