More Americans say they intend to travel this year and most leading travel indicators are positive, according to MMGY Global’s 2015 Portrait of American Travelers (POAT). The 25th annual survey of 2,832 U.S. adults, the longest continuous survey of its kind in the U.S., also reveals an uncertain outlook for the future growth of online travel agencies (OTAs), a major comeback for the cruise industry, new insights into the preferences of millennial travelers, and who is helping fuel the growth in the sharing economy for travel, among other findings. Only 58 percent of travelers surveyed said they obtained travel information from an OTA during the past year, down significantly from the 84 percent who did so in 2014. On the booking front, the survey found that among travelers who regularly seek information from an OTA when planning a vacation, only 13 percent typically book their reservations on these sites, down from 36 percent just one year ago. Respondents cited the main reasons for booking direct are that they will get the best prices by doing so (64 percent) and that they generally find it more convenient than booking with an OTA (67 percent). Get the full story at Travel Pulse and MMGY