As spring break travel begins, airports prepare for long lines, sold-out flights

The annual spring reprieve from school has families and students planning travel. Those in the industry say last month's fiasco aboard the Carnival Triumph hasn't deterred cruisers, but a recent poll indicates otherwise.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 9, 2013
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“People realize that's just one of those small things that happens with thousands and thousands of travelers,” she said.

But results of a Harris Interactive study indicate otherwise. More than half of Americans surveyed agree they are less likely to take a cruise now than a year ago. Travelers' intent to purchase a cruise trip isn't just down for Carnival but across the industry's top brands, a Harris executive said in releasing the results Monday.

Brandi McManus, founder of A-List Adventures, a travel agency for small, custom trips, said spring break trends have changed over the past few years, with fewer people taking wild party trips to Mexico out of safety concerns. Now people want to stay close to home and visit domestic locations such as cities in Texas, Santa Fe, N.M., the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, where they don't need a passport.

Kayak.com analyzed more than 1 billion Web searches for spring break travel and discovered warm weather destinations are more popular than snowy locales. Las Vegas, Florida (Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale all ranked high) and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, were the most searched. Searches for Austin, Texas, were up 127 percent due to the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, a music, film and technology event that began Friday.


by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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At a glance

State offers staycation opportunities

Too late to book a getaway? Why not have a staycation and visit one of these Oklahoma attractions:

Oklahoma City Zoo.

The Toy and Action Figure Museum, Pauls Valley.

Orr Family Farm, Oklahoma City.

Leonardo's Discovery Warehouse & Adventure Quest, Enid.

Alabaster Caverns State Park.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman.

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, Seminole.

Little Sahara State Park near Waynoka.

Oklahoma Aquarium, Jenks.

Pole Position Raceway, Oklahoma City.

State parks.

Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum.

SOURCE: Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

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