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Ray Bradbury – author of the space travel and colonization classic The Martian Chronicles – once wrote, “Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.”

What did Mr. Bradbury mean when he penned this now famous quote? We may never know.

Don’t get the wrong idea, of course. We totally get the part about travel being extra rewarding when people get far off the beaten path into new places they didn't even know existed. (Duh.)

What civilization will always wonder is this. Did he mean “half” in the general sense, as in give or take a third? Or “half” in the 50% sense, where if he’d meant 51 percent, he’d have said 51 percent?

Whatever the math behind Ray’s statistical calculations, one thing we know for sure…

People looooooove to travel.

Families and individuals of all ages, sizes and incomes. To faraway lands. For weekend getaways. To pursue new business deals. With kids. Without kids. On planes, trains, automobiles, boats and buses.

And when it comes to customer loyalty programs and member engagement, travel benefits are often among the most hotly pursued. Why? Because lots of money AND emotional expectation are wrapped up in most of our travel purchase decisions.

So to better understand today’s traveler, we at Access have compiled what we believe is a comprehensive “ultimate collection” of statistics having to do with the travel and tourism industry. We've tried to make this list as relevant as possible, which means we combed through recent research from travel and tourism related sources.

Most of these stats are focused on Americans who travel – though other nationalities may creep into the mix from time to time. We've provided source links for each statistic. Sometimes you’ll find the data conflicts with other sources - so we’ll leave it up to you to decipher which is most accurate.

We'll keep this list updated regularly with the latest and greatest. If you know of a stat we're missing, or want your own research included in our collection, leave us a note in the comments. Enjoy!

Posted by Andrew Graft on May 21, 2018 1:51:16 PM

Those of us here at Access like to think of our little corner of the world as the happiest place on earth.

Singing, dancing, group hugs...you know, the kind of behavior you'd expect from the people at America's largest discount network

At the beginning of each month, Access sends an update to our client groups featuring updates on merchants alongside best practices on how to maximize the effectiveness of their programs. February's addressed a topic we encounter often, so we felt it worthy to publish here on the blog.

Having recently surpassed 300,000 locations in our discount network, we at Access know the importance of understanding merchants from their point of view. It’s something we call “getting behind the counter.”

Because we go to such lengths to support and promote our merchant partners, many of the world’s top brands trust Access to help them attract new customers and improve their bottom line. In 2012, for example, 60% of the nation’s top 50 retailers offered a discount through the Access network. And of the top 50 casual/quick-serve restaurants in America, Access offers 93% of those brands.

So why doesn’t EVERY retailer offer a discount on the Access network?

Editor's Note: Through our discount network, Access works with over 250,000 merchants across the US. We're consumers too, and we love to buy from our merchant partners as well as market them to our members. And sometimes we like to publicly proclaim how cool we think they are.

Earlier this month, I got to be involved with a special honor relating to Access Development and our founder/CEO Larry Maxfield: finalist interviews for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year.