While conventional wisdom suggests that the traditional vacation season winds down this Labor Day weekend, the results in today's release of the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates' comprehensive 2006 Fall Travel Trends Survey find that there's still plenty of leisure travel activity throughout the upcoming fall months.

In fact, nearly two-thirds of the surveyed agents indicated that the average length of booked fall vacations is 6-7 days. Las Vegas continues to lead the list of domestic destinations booked by Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates throughout the U.S. for fall; Florida made a surprisingly strong showing with four cities ranked in the top ten. The survey, conducted July 24 - August 15, 2006, includes information from 334 Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates agents, owners and managers.

Beyond U.S. borders, Caribbean cruising edged out Cancun, Mexico as the top international "destination." A significant trend revealed throughout this survey shows that European travel is very hot. Overall, European bookings are up, travelers have indicated they are more comfortable traveling farther from home and Rome has jumped into the top five international destinations being booked by Carlson Wagonlit Travel experts this fall. The Italian city climbed from 7th to 4th place on this year's list.

"Domestically the results of our fall survey show that consumers are not shying away from Florida as one of their top warm-weather destinations," said Roger E. Block, CTC, executive vice president of Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates. "With the variety of outstanding weather guarantee programs offered by tour operators in particular, as well as travel insurance programs, Florida is providing some of the best value among fall travel options."

As for European travel, Block focused on the spike in interest in travel to Italy. "It is also quite evident to us that Italy has become the place to be for those traveling to Europe. In addition to Rome, we've seen heightened interest in experiencing Florence, Tuscany, Venice and even cruising the Mediterranean -- enough for each of these options to land on our top twenty international list," Block noted.

"The renewed fervor among Americans toward international travel has been extremely positive, whether they are headed to Europe or prefer a somewhat closer destination such as Mexico or the Caribbean," added Block. "However, we are still finding a disparity between those interested in traveling to close-to-home international destinations where passports are not currently required and those who hold valid passports. According to our network, less than 35% say a majority of their customers have a valid passport. Since new government regulations could require 100% passport use for air and sea travel to all international destinations as early as December 31st of this year, it is incumbent upon all of us to help educate the U.S. traveler about the need to apply now."