New York, NY (PressExposure) June 03, 2009 -- High-end vacations are finally within reach for many Americans as the tourism industry makes dramatic price cuts in order to keep travel-related companies afloat. Evvie Meier, Marketing Manager at travel meta-search engine Trax.com (www.trax.com), encourages travelers to take advantage of these rare discounts before recession tensions ease.
"Expensive vacations that many Americans typically rule out based on cost are now quite affordable," says Meier. "I think people are weary of traveling in an uncertain economy, but this is the exact time that people should try to take advantage of these uncharacteristically low rates."
Trax.com has witnessed high-end destinations offering large price cuts, proving that many notoriously pricy vacations are pulling out all of the stops to bring in travelers. Meier cites Disney as an example of a destination that has increased their specials and deals, including a recent offer that gives away free 6-day dining plans with the purchase of a hotel and theme park package. Meier also encourages travelers to book ski vacations now, since the ski industry is nearing desperation in the midst of a flailing economy and global warming. Many ski resorts are offering deep discounts; travelers should book early in advance to ensure these rates.
"Ski resorts are a perfect example of an industry that's really feeling pressure from the recession," says Meier. "For people who previously thought that a ski trip was out of reach, it's the perfect time to get incredible values."
Meier notes that tourism industries that are perceived as high-end have been hit hardest as travelers world-wide tighten their belts. Trax.com recommends taking advantage of tourism-related deals beyond hotel deals, such as grabbing deeply-discounted Broadway tickets while on a trip to New York City. Visiting the Big Apple is now easier than ever; Trax.com recently uncovered prices as low as $19 from Boston to New York.
"It is saddening that a cultural institution like Broadway is struggling, but the upside is that theater-lovers now have unprecedented access to shows," says Meier. "If there is any silver lining to the recession, it is that many high-end vacations are now accessible to the average American."