March 09, 2016 05:30 ET

Diamond Resorts International® -- Vacations for Life® -- Shares Best Travel Trends for 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - March 09, 2016) - Recent studies have shown that 2016 will be the year of the traveler. The United States Tour Operators Association is forecasting a big increase in tourism, with the majority of businesses anticipating a boom* for the industry. As the recession fades into distant memory and job growth continues, people can focus more on what matters -- spending time with family, de-stressing and enjoying and experiencing the world. Diamond Resorts International® is dedicated to ensuring that holidaymakers remain happy and healthy via amazing vacation experiences, and is sharing the best travel trends to help those make the most of their paid time off in 2016.

This is the time for travel enthusiasts to go for the faraway dream vacation. Airfare prices dropped in 2015 due to lower fuel costs and an expansion of low-cost carriers*, 2016 is expected to follow a similar pattern from stable economic recovery. Flights in North America and to Europe have so far been the most sensitive to this trend, as well as popular vacation destinations like sunny Mexico, where Diamond Resorts International® has numerous idyllic locations including the Sea of Cortez Beach Club in Sonora and the famed Cabo Azul Resort in Baja. Europe will be a budget-friendly vacation destination in 2016 not just due to better flight prices, but because of the strengthening dollar. Staying at a resort in a charming European town will be much more affordable and appealing for Americans now than ever before. While flights will continue to be cheaper, with a surge in vacationers they also should be more crowded. Travelers in 2016 may find a unique advantage to the crowds, as the sharing economy is assumed to create some interesting trends when savvy tourists reduce transportation expenses.

As people become more experienced travelers, 2016 will see vacationers look for better value. So far, this has translated into a greater interest in vacation locations around the world. Diamond Resorts International® is expecting a rise in the number of guests at many destinations as vacationers search for that perfect combination of comfort, luxury, and value. Small hotel rooms are losing their appeal, especially as fees for extra services are increasing. With an overall increase in travel in 2016, it should be a strong year for the industry, but even more so for the many people seeking a peaceful vacation, an adventure with family, or a romantic getaway.

About Diamond Resorts International®

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

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