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Travel industry shrinks itineraries for customers seeking quick getaway
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2009 5:33 AM CST
Shorter trips are designed to woo customers who otherwise might not be booking at all, or people worried about spending time away from the office.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Strapped travelers unwilling to spend the time or bucks on a “staycation” now have a new option: a "daycation." With hotel occupancy at a 20-year low and bookings down at least 20%, many vacation companies are shrinking travel itineraries to one or two days, and hotels and resorts are flouting their minimum-stay requirements to woo customers, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“In these times of stress, people need to get away but can’t afford to be away very long,” said a spa manager. The new packages include an overnight Caribbean getaway, a three-night China tour and a two-day African safari. “It can be done, but you really must know what you’re doing," said an organizer of a whirlwind Costa Rica trip.