In a sign of strengthening demand, vacations are being booked early for next year and even 2016, according to agents who attended Travel Weekly’s Global Travel Marketplace conference. The booking window is noticeably longer this year than it has been in the past, several agents said during the conference, held July 9 to 11 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Several agents said consumers at last seem to be exhaling after the economic trauma of the past five years. “People are starting to get it. Travel is back. You can’t wait to get that deal,” said Debbie Muir, manager of Travel Authority - Royal Blue Travel Line in Ocala, Fla. “People used to plan travel a year and more in advance,” said Cheryl Perleberg, owner of To Go Travel Inc. in Tampa. “Post-9/11, people weren’t looking ahead and nobody was traveling that far.” That pattern is ending, she said. Get the full story at Travel Weekly