Chicago a Top Travel Destination

August 13, 2012

A recent study from Expedia, the world’s leading online travel agency, reveals that Chicago is now the third most popular travel destination among American travelers. Chicago is ranked in and amongst other popular cities such as Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

It should come as no surprise that Chicago is a top vacation and travel destination. Chicago is the most populated city within the Midwest, and is easily reachable by all areas nationwide. With two airports, the Magnificent Mile, SkyDeck Chicago, Blue Man Group-Chicago,  Art Institute Chicago and much, much more, there is no lack of activities for both first-time visitors and long-time Chicago real estate residents.

Here’s a look at some of the Windy City’s travel trends:

  • More than 42 percent of trips to Chicago are from the Midwest
  • The largest booking months are July and August
  • Fall is another popular time to visit due to fewer crowds and pleasant weather
  • 78 percent of travel into Chicago doesn’t include children
  • 30 percent of hotels booked are located in Magnificent Mile
  • Occupancy rates at hotels citywide remain around 70 percent, but go up significantly during top conferences and festivals
  • 40 percent of travelers booked their trip within 14 days of their travel date

If you’ve recently made a trip to the Chicagoland area and have decided to make it your new home, be sure to explore our site for all of the latest real estate news. If you’re just considering a weekend trip, you’ll also find plenty of events, activities and information to help you make the most of your experience.

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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