CHICAGO (WBBM) — In another sign of an improving economy, a new survey finds more Americans planning vacations this year.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, after a dismal couple of years for the vacation industry, the annual Orbitz survey finds Americans on the go again.

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Orbitz senior travel editor Jeanenne Tornatore says 88 percent of those polled plan at least two leisure trips, and almost two thirds say they will take two to three vacations.

“Travelers are getting back out there. In fact we’re starting to see average hotel rates go up as we get into the new year, which is a sign that people are starting to fill those hotel rooms back up,” Tornatore said.

They are also opening their wallets wider.

“Forty percent of travelers say they’re actually planning to spend more this year than they did in 2010, most averaging between $1,000 and $5,000 for their leisure traveling this year,” Tornatore said.

Las Vegas and Hawaii are among the hottest travel destinations for the year.

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