Global Travel Trends Infographic

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A unique view into the travel trends and preferences of leisure and business travelers around the world based on survey results of over 2,600 travelers in 80+ countries and more than 250,000 U.S. and global travel transactions.

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Global Travel Trends Infographic

  1. 1. See the bottom of the infographic for a FREE bonus! Global Travel trends What do you get when you put together the survey results of over 2,600 travelers in 80+ countries with the analytics from more than 250,000 U.S. and global travel transactions on Last Minute Travel Club’s (a Travel Holdings, Inc. subsidiary) Last Minute Travel website? You get a unique view into the travel trends and preferences of leisure and business travelers around the world. The Last Minute Travel 2013 Travel Trends Report was designed to provide insights into the travel and tourism industry, including why people travel, their booking preferences, and more. Let’s take off! KEY TRAVEleR FINDINGS 90%* of travelers 99% said they prefer to book of travelers said they take trips online, compared to a at least one personal travel agent, mobile app or trip per year, while mobile web browser. Just 2% of travelers never 75% of travelers 52% book a hotel when said they have a hotel budget of $150 business trip per year. (53%) book hotels or less per night. said they take at least one they travel. Over half for more than 90% of their trips. Price (39%), promotions (18%) 72% of travelers and location (18%) indicated they plan to *Yes, we were also surprised that only 90% of the people we asked on our travel website said they preferred to book their travel online. are the three decision factors that matter most when booking a hotel. travel for at least one holiday this year. WHY PEOPLE TRAVEL BUSINESS vs. PERSONAL TRIPS People travel more often for fun, than for work. 47% BUSINESS PERSONAL And the remaining 48% don't take business trips 37% And the remaining 1% don't take personal trips 9% 12% 30% 47% 48% 37% 12% 30% 9% 7% 7% 3% 1 - 3 Tr i p s 4 - 7 Tr i p s 8 - 1 0 Tr i p s 1 0 + Tr i p s The impact of age on travel When are people’s peak traveling years? And at what ages do people travel the most? Personal Travel As a person ages, they tend to take more frequent personal trips. 64% of those aged 65 or older take more than four personal trips per year. This is a minimum of 7% more than any other age group. The correlation between age and number of personal trips likely results from more expendable income and downtime as individuals get older. Business Travel People between the ages of 25-34 are most likely to travel for work, with 62% going on at least one work-related trip annually. Business travel peaks for people between the ages of 25-34, with only 23% of respondents over the age of 65--the standard retirement age–traveling for business every year. NUMBER OF PERSONAL VS. BUSINESS TRIPS BY AGE None 1-3 4-7 8-10 10+ BUSINESS TRIPS PER YEAR AGE 61% 18-24 30% 38% 25-34 35.1% 40% 35-44 45-54 10% 12% 6% 34% 45% 15% 30% 55-64 5% 6% 27% 56% 65+ 12% 8% 77% 11% 5% Less than 5% Less than 5% PERSONAL TRIPS PER YEAR 53% 18-24 25-34 49% 35-44 34% 32% 49% 9% 9% 5% 38% 9% 6% 40% 9% 6% 46% 10% 7% 43% 55-64 34% 65+ 7% 4% 35% 45% 45-54 7% Less than 2% Preferred vacation types 1. Rest and relaxation beaches, pools, lounging 2. Sightseeing museums, monuments, historical sites 5. Sports/extreme any trip relating to a sporting event or extreme sporting hobby 6. Time with nature hiking, camping, canoeing 4. Play theme parks and water parks 3. Visit family/friends trips to visit family and friends 7. Planned experience volunteer work or religious/mission-based trips MOST POPULAR VACATIONS 1% 4% 4% 8. Staycation any close-to-home trips Rest & Relaxation The two most popular types of Sightseeing vacations based on survey responses 10% Visit Family/Friends were rest and relaxation (39%) and sightseeing trips (29%). Play 39% 12% Time with Nature Sports/Extreme 29% Planned Experience Staycation GENDER & VACATIONS We’ve all heard the phrase: “Men are from Mars; women are from Venus.” But do men and women prefer the same type of vacation? TRAVEL TYPE BY GENDER 4% 1% 3% 1% 5% 9% Rest & Relaxation 12% 39% Sightseeing 39% 10% Visit Family/Friends 13% Play 31% Time with Nature 28% Sports/Extreme MEN Planned Experience WOMEN Staycation According to our respondents, men and women are on the same page when it comes to their preferred vacation. Both genders picked rest and relaxation trips over all other types. There are only slight differences between the sexes when it comes to vacation types. most popular Destinations TOP 10 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS: 1. Las Vegas, Nevada 2. London, England 3. New York, New York 4. Paris, France 5. Miami, Florida 6. Orlando, Florida 7. Honolulu, Hawaii 8. Madrid, Spain 9. Berlin, Germany 10. Chicago, Illinois 2 10 1 3 6 9 4 8 5 7 HOLIDAY TRAVEL ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! HAPPY NEW YEAR!’ MOST FREQUENTLY TRAVELED HOLIDAYS Travel has become a natural staple of the holidays we love to celebrate. It’s no secret that holidays tend to be among the busiest travel periods each year. Thanksgiving 9% 11% The hype is justified. 72% of people indicated that they plan to travel for at least one holiday in the next 12 months. 19% 23% 11% 16% Christmas 19% 16% 11% 11% Christmas (23%) Labor Day 11% 11% 9% The top three holidays for travel includes: Easter Fourth of July New Year’s 23% 16% Memorial Day Thanksgiving (19%) New Year’s (16%) The Hotel is the heart of Travel Hotels and motels are travelers’ number one choice for lodging. PEOPLE WHO WILL BOOK A HOTEL THIS YEAR BY AGE 18-24 HOTEL 35-44 25-34 None Less than 25% 45-54 55-64 26-60% 65+ 61-89% More than 90% Age plays a small role in whether a traveler will book a hotel. Those under the age of 25 and those over the age of 65 are the least likely to book a hotel when they travel. For both age ranges, 18% book a hotel less than 25% of the time, or never at all. Anecdotally, we see both groups stay more often with relatives, the under 25s with adults, and the over 65s with children and grandchildren. HOTEL BRANDS DON’T MATTER Despite the millions of dollars hotels spend each year on brand marketing, just 4% of travelers choose their hotel based on its brand. This, in combination with how important price is to choosing a hotel, explains why the popularity of opaque hotel booking sites like LASTMINUTETRAVEL.COM are soaring. What’s an opaque hotel? An opaque hotel is one which does not reveal its name, but instead uses a description like “three-star motel in Union Square” until it is booked. TOP REASONS HOTELS ARE BOOKED Amenities Hotel Chain/Brand 4% 4% Price (39%), promotions Location (18%) and location (18%) Price are the three decision factors that matter most to customers Promotions/Deals 17% 39% when booking a hotel. Reviews/Referrals This means that more than half of the respondents 18% (57%) book based on a price-related factor—either price 18% itself or a promotion. Price is a consistent factor among all age groups too— making it the most powerful deciding factor when booking a hotel. Hotel budgets Vs. Actual Money Spent BUDGETED 79% of people said they have a hotel budget of $150 or less. 96% of people said they have a hotel budget of $250 or less. T NO B O TUR D S DI $150 $250 SPENT AVERAGE SPENT PER NIGHT WHEN BOOKING ACCOMMODATIONS: 1% Survey reponses match actual 4% bookings. LastMinuteTravel.com Less than $75 15% booking data shows that the average daily rate of a hotel is $76-$150 $134, and the average total price for $151-$250 the entire trip is $310. In looking at 21% $251-$400 LastMinuteTravel.com hotel bookings, $400+ 60% 91% had a daily rate of $250 or less in the last 12 months. BOOKING PREferences There is a HUGE difference between what people think they are doing, and what they are actually doing. People book more last minute travel than they realize. Here’s what’s really happening. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE ARE TRIPS BOOKED? WHAT PEOPLE THINK: WHAT PEOPLE DO: No one likes feeling unprepared, especially when it comes to planning and booking trips. Yet, booking data suggests otherwise: 50% of travelers book their flight 7 days or less before their trip 69% SAY they book 1month in advance HOTEL 50% of travelers book their hotel 15 days 23% SAY they book 3 months in advance or less before their trip PREFERED WAY TO BOOK BY AGE We live in a digital age. We connect to friends and family online. We bank online. We even buy and trade stocks online. The same digital trend applies to travel bookings. PREFERED METHOD OF BOOKING AGES: 18-24 25-34 8% 6% 6 5 55-64 10% 8 4% 5% 4 3 2% 2 2% 65+ 6 4% 4 4% 2% 2% 2 1% 0 1% 0 OFFLINE MOBILE APP 6% 5 45-54 10% 7 1 35-44 100% 5% 5% 95 91% 4% 4 90 89% 90% 3% 3 85 2% 2 92% 92% 85% 80 1 1% 0 75 MOBILE WEB ONLINE The overwhelming majority (90%) of people said they prefer to book trips online. But the older someone is, the more likely they are to book offline. The younger someone is, the more likely they are to book using a mobile app or mobile web browser. STrategies to snag the best hotel priCe We know that price is the number one factor when making a decision on which hotel to book. Knowing where and how to search online can greatly improve the odds of finding the best hotel rates available. Here are a few useful tips to find the best bargains. Hotel rates can vary based on time of year, day of the week and vacancy. If your calendar permits a bit of flexibility, try looking for hotels during slower, less popular seasons. Be Flexible with Travel Dates $£¥€ Consider shopping for an opaque hotel deal. While you won’t know which hotel you are booking until it’s booked, you will get a lower price, and can compare locations and star-ratings. Book by Price, Not Brand JOIN Travel club memberships, such as Last Minute Travel’s LMTCLUB.COM, can save you a considerable amount of money. Most club memberships offer exclusive hotel rates. Sign Up for Club Memberships Even if you originally did not consider pairing a hotel with a flight or a rental car, some package deals offer better discounts than what you would get by booking them separately. Consider Package Deals Source: LMTCLUB.COM, 2013 Global Travel Trends Report, November 2013. Download your free copy HERE. Want the world's lowest travel rates? Want to save up to 55% when you book hotels? FREE BONUS: A free year’s membership to LMT Club! Get a FREE year's membership to the Last Minute Travel Club (a $49 value!) by registering on LMTCLUB.COM with promo code TRAVELTRENDS (all caps!). Click HERE for a free membership, or 1. Click on the "Become a Member" button in the upper right-hand corner of LMTCLUB.com. 2. Enter your email and the password you want to use. 3. Enter your information, the TRAVELTRENDS promo code, and click "APPLY."

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