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Survey Summer 2013 CAA-Quebec: marked increase in vacation plans

The rhyme was again with holidays for probes by CAA-Quebec members in May. Indeed, 69% of respondents have said they will take a vacation this summer compared to 63% of those interviewed in 2012. Duration of the holiday seems to lie while 35% of respondents said they wanted to take two weeks holiday compared to 24% of the probes members in 2012.

"These figures differ compared to last year, or you felt a certain gloom, or even indecision on the part of respondents as to their vacation plans," says Sophie Gagnon, assistant vice-president for public relations government and CAA-Quebec. "It seems that the economic uncertainty that seemed to hover last year no longer worried holidaymakers and they will leave in large numbers," she advance. 2013 figures are authentic, as 41% of respondents plan to do five or more displacements having a night on the outside, while they were 30% in 2012 and 2011.

The Quebec always good first, then the United States

The favored destination for vacationers is Quebec, which remains the location most popular with 52% of the probes. Comes second dimension is American for 12% of them; this region does not seem to have suffered loss of popularity despite the attack in the Boston Marathon. "Each year, the Quebec itself as the place of choice or you want to take a vacation. It is true that our open spaces, our abundant nature and our many lakes, we have everything it takes to unhook "notes Ms. Gagnon. "Moreover, these characteristics appear to be more research proven, since the camping comeback. "

Indeed, 21% of respondents have said that they would go camping this year, while they were 14% in 2012. "Camping is the ideal activity for those who want to enjoy the scenery and do outside activities without spending the huge amounts, "Ms. Gagnon. "Perhaps this is also why this renewed popularity," she analysis. The budget allocates holidays remains stable as it has, since 55% of the probes feel they disburse between $ 500 and 2000 for their stay.

Not surprisingly, the car continues to be the conveyance of choice for the majority of respondents who use it in 76% of displacements. Interestingly, the GPS tracking tool is preferred by 59% of respondents when traveling by car, while the paper documentation, such as maps and road signs TripTikMD, is popular with more than a third of the members probes.

Good to know: Wait a new passport and customs

CAA-Quebec reminds the waiting time may be longer before the border was the result of significant budgetary restrictions that took place in the beginning of year. When asked about the eventual delays may occur when the entrance to the country by land or aerial route after the holidays, respondents who plan to travel to the United States said in a proportion of more than 45% they arise more tot customs in order to avoid the queues.

Finally, the new passport valid for 10 years, to be issued in July 2013 already seems to prove popular with 75% of members said they would probe to get one, and that, despite the higher price ($ 160 for a valid passport for 10 years and $ 120 for a passport of 5 years).

The survey was conducted online between 9 and 26 May 2013, FROM 1319 CAA-Quebec. In the case of a random sample of 1,319 respondents, the maximum margin of error is plus or minus 2.7%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA-Quebec, an organization non-profit founded in 1904, offers its 1,220,000 members services and privileges in the fields of automotive, travel, residential and financial services.

SOURCE: CAA-Quebec

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