Competition for Passenger Travel

Archive Report

Persisting Contest for Travel Dollar

Transportation services of all kinds currently are bidding for the business of what promises to be a record crop of summer vacationers. An estimated 42 million persons in the United States have annual paid vacations of at least two weeks, and most of them usually take a long or short trip by car, bus, train, plane, or ship. Railroads, bus companies, and airlines have been engaged in vigorous competition, particularly since the end of World War II, to hold or increase their respective shares of the vacation trade. All signs now point to further intensification of the battle for the dollars spent on travel—whether for pleasure in vacation seasons or for business the year around.

As the national income has increased, ...

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