Month: May 2010

AAA reports that Memorial Day traffic will be up – with the drive market representing the lion’s share

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Memorial Day travel is expected to increase this year, thanks to healthier economic conditions, according to a report released Thursday by motorist group AAA. A total of 32.1 million American are planning to travel, a 5.4% increase from last year. They’ll spend an average of $809 on their holiday trip, 1.1% […]

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What are people searching for in the travel category?

Hitwise collects data.  A lot of data.  They observe behavior and patterns.  One of the top industries that they track is the travel industry. One pattern that has not changed substantially over the past 3 years [the time that I’ve been tracking it], is the percentage of search that is devoted to the drive market.  […]

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Correction on yesterday’s post on online travel agency decline

CORRECTION TO 5/17/2010 POST According to ARC, the current air ticket sales stats actually show the OTAs still growing year-over-year, with the RATE of growth declining a bit (see the chart in the original post).  Clearly the rate of growth in business travel via the Megas is making the OTAs growth look more mild, but […]

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ARC Reports that online travel agency ticketing is declining

After several years of online agencies leading growth in air ticket sales, the last few months show a distinct decline for the online sector. In this month’s travel agency channel segmentation report, the Airline Reporting Corporation reports that online travel agency transactions are down.  Picking up the slack are the “Mega” agencies (Amex, Carlson, Hogg […]

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