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Travel Agencies see rise in business amid cold winter

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It is safe to say the cold weather has overstayed its welcome in La Crosse. As a result of the chilling temperatures, travel agencies have seen better business as people seek sunshine.

According to Travel Leaders Corporate Travel Manager Mary Mickelson, Travel Leaders has seen an increase in business in wake of the record-cold winter season.

Compared to last year, Mickelson said more people have requested to flee to warmth at "last minute," which she said she believes is an unusual trend.

"We're getting a lot of phone calls that people want something to get out for a few days. Where most people plan their winter vacations, they're planning those vacations in October, November and December for the winter. Now people are saying ‘I just want to go now', give me some place warm for a few days," Mickelson said.

Due to the ongoing inclement weather, Mickelson said their clients have experienced more problems when flying out of Chicago and Minneapolis, as travelers have been dealt with many flight delays.

"We have had travelers stuck all over and when they get to an airport and find their flight has been canceled, they're being told that they won't have a flight for two of three days," Mickelson said.

Despite the problems, Mickelson said Travel Leaders has been able to help people avoid any delay and get people out of the cold as quick as possible.

"You really have to watch the flights and if a seat opens up, we can grab those seats and get the traveler going right away. Airlines are very easy to work with, so they really help and assist our travelers so they're not stuck."

"We're able to get them on planes and get them home a lot earlier."

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