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2013 Crystal Ball: Travel Trends and Fundraisers

January 16, 2013
Even though we only just barely escaped the fiscal cliff and the Mayan calendar and we still have the debt ceiling to worry about, top travel prognosticators are forecasting upturns all around the industry. This is good news if you are planning a charity fundraiser and worrying about donations.
Take a look at some of the trends we are tracking as you plan your winter/spring events.
“Modern Family” Vacation
You, your kids, your parents, the in-laws — everyone’s invited on these multi-generational, often money-saving family getaways.  With people looking for economical ways to travel and keep their family close (“we never see the grandchildren”) group bookings are more popular than ever. Some cities we like for the “family that plays together” include Telluride, Colorado, Maui, Hawaii and of course Disney resorts. (Mitch-Stuart Hot Trips)
Friend, Share, Like, BOOK!
Just saw your FB friend’s fabulous photos from Down Under? Your college roommate tweeting his jaunt to Jakarta? Someone you don’t know at all pin some “food porn” from Paris on Pinterest? You may be suffering from a case of “vacation envy” that can only be cured by booking a similar trip. Social sharing may be the best advertising going right now. Smart planners will scan social sites and see who’s wandering where as a guide to planning some 2013 excursions.
Unwind, Unplug
Digital detox is predicted to be high on travelers’ to-do lists this year. Savvy planners will look for destinations without WIFI for this crowd. Locales offering deluxe loafing like Nevis, West Indies or St. Kitts, should be included in auction items you are considering (know your crowd of course before you offer) 
Travel & the Big Game (er Games)
Once-in-a-lifetime events and sporting spectacles occupy a spot on many a bucket list, but if the 2012 Olympics in London are any indicator, people want to check that item off pronto! And there are so many opportunities all over the world from serious soccer matches to Formula 1 and the NFL to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA or the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
Death of the Staycation
There’s a lot of pent-up demand to see the world!  Many who lost jobs, were downsized or just felt the need to be thrifty are seeing some financial light at the end of their tunnels and are itching to explore! Experienced auction planners know that means, adding some “dream trips” such as private tours of Rome or Florence complete with top-notch cooking lessons, Napa Valley Wine Trips, New Orleans, New York or even the Primetime Emmy Awards and Governor’s Ball in Los Angeles.
All in all, we at Mitch-Stuart are looking forward to a spectacular travel year and we would love to hear your opinions on some “hot spots” for 2013. For more information on any of the trips listed above click here.

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