Even though fewer people
are flying, cruise bookings have dwindled, and tourism is generally in trouble
since Sept. 11, almost three times as many people who are traveling are
insuring their trips with travel insurance, according to findings by
insure.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quotesmith.com (Nasdaq: QUOT).
Traditionally about 12 percent of travelers buy travel insurance, but
since Sept. 11 that figure has jumped to between 30 and 35 percent, say
insurance industry sources. Consumers are also more aware of the high fees
that come with canceling trips and the benefits of air-flight insurance. See
insure.com`s story at http://www.insure.com/gen/traveltrends402.html .