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Growing Population and Personal Income Increase Travel

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Population and personal income are soaring in North Dakota
But those aren't the only things taking off.

Courtney Plante reports.

More and more people are boarding planes in North Dakota.

"In just a couple years with the large growth we're seeing in the Western part of the state and the Eastern part of the state we've just been seeing some great numbers for our airline boarding," said Kyle Wanner, Interim director, ND Aeronautics Commission.

Wanner says 2013 was the 6th consecutive year for record airline boardings throughout the state.
And compared to last year airports are already recording higher numbers.

 "It's just an exciting time for North Dakota aviation," said Kyle Wanner, Interim director, ND Aeronautics Commission.

Airports aren't the only ones with increased foot traffic. 
Satrom Travel Agency has been booking vacations for 36 years -- and they are busier than ever. 

"Our business is definitely growing and we are seeing a lot more demand for some of the many products we offer," said Katherine Satrom, Owner.

Especially this winter.

"Warm weather destinations like Mexico,Caribbean Islands, Hawaii and cruises have been at the top of people's lists because they want to get to the sun," said Katherine Satrom, Owner.

But winter isn't the only time that people are looking to take a break.

"It used to be that summer was our quiet time and it really has evened out quite a bit," said Katherine Satrom, Owner.

She says they see people from all over the state coming in to book trips -- especially those from out west.

 "We will have people that come in from the oil fields who want to get away when they have their time off," said Katherine Satrom, Owner.

With a growing population and increased personal income, Satrom doesn't see travel slowing down anytime soon.

 "It seems like that demand is just staying there for people to go and fulfill their dreams or do some kind of practical business trip," said Katherine Satrom, Owner.

Satrom says they are busy booking all kinds of trips -- whether it's a family vacation to Disneyland or a ticket to Las Vegas.

Reporting for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante

Satrom says some of their top sellers are trips to Australia and New Zealand -- and the New England motor coach tour each fall. 


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