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More than 66 percent of innkeepers say Memorial Day and summer bookings ahead of last year, crediting increases to more international visitors, economic stimulus checks, and one-tank trips

Austin, TX - While gas prices continue rising to all-time highs, B&B travelers refuse to give up their vacations. Whether fueled by economic stimulus checks or benefiting from one-tank destinations, more than 66 percent of U.S. innkeepers responding to a survey stated that bookings for Memorial Day were even or had increased since last year. Similarly, 61.5 percent of respondents said that even in an unstable economy, bookings for the summer will be up over last year, based on advance reservations.

The survey, conducted by, the leading online B&B directory and reservation network worldwide, was sent to 5,300 innkeepers in the United States. Over 1,000 innkeepers responded from every region of the country. More than 29 percent of respondents reported that Memorial Day bookings are ahead of last year, while over 37 percent noted that they are even with last year's bookings - a notable achievement in an unstable economy. Innkeepers' comments explaining the reasons for increased reservations ranged from proximity to scenic attractions to travelers' preferences for one-tank getaways. Additional explanations for positive B&B travel trends included savvy marketing, an increase in Canadian and other international visitors, use of economic stimulus checks for travel, and proximity to public transportation. The majority of American B&Bs are within a one-tank drive from a major city, making them an excellent getaway choice for Memorial Day and beyond.

While most innkeepers reported increases in reservations for the Memorial Day weekend and the summer, 37 percent of survey respondents stated that bookings were down for Memorial Day travel. Among those responding, 82 percent attributed the decrease to the price of gas. More than 71 percent claimed that the unstable economy was affecting travel, and over half pointed to strengthening last-minute travel trends (respondents could select more than one reason).

With the heightened focus on the price of gas, smart B&B travelers who fill up on hearty breakfasts at participating B&Bs are finding themselves being treated to their own fill-up through the "Tanks a Lot!" promotion, where free gas is offered to B&B travelers. More than 175 B&Bs from 40 states, Canada, and the Caribbean have posted creative offers through's Tanks a Lot Program. Offers of up to $75 in free gas are being offered for consecutive night stays. For a complete list of Tanks a Lot offers, click here or visit and click on the Free Gas icon on the left side of the page. is the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide, listing nearly 7,000 B&Bs and inns. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from, welcomed at nearly 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, subscribe to free newsletters, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.

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