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 Of Americans Planning to Travel this Summer, 21% Have
Already Arranged for Lodging at their Destination / TIA
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WASHINGTON, DC — March 24, 2006 - According to January’s TIA/Synovate Voice of the Traveler Survey, a substantial majority (81%) of Americans who are planning to travel this summer have already started thinking about plans for their longest summer trip.  Not only is this earlier than many travelers typically think about their summer plans, but many have already committed to their plans for their longest summer trip. 

Nearly one out of three Americans who are planning to travel this summer are planning their longest summer trip earlier this year than they did last year (30%). This could be due to the fact that strong air and hotel demand has resulted in higher prices and fewer bargains. As a result, some travelers may be acting earlier in order to obtain the best price possible. However, the largest share of travelers (43%) are starting their planning the same time as they did last year.  Fewer than one in ten travelers are planning their longest summer trip later this year compared to last year (9%).  

Furthermore, 21 percent of Americans who are planning to travel this summer have already arranged lodging at their destination.  Most of the rest are either exploring their options for where to stay (28%) or are still choosing the specific destination for their trip (32%).  Nineteen percent have not thought about their intended summer trip at all.  Women are more likely than men to have put some thought into these details of their longest summer trip (85% vs. 77%) by January of this year.  

Of those planning to take a summer trip, 38 percent have already decided upon or booked their mode of transportation, while 13 percent have not thought about transportation for the trip.  The rest (some 50% of those planning on taking a trip this summer) are still exploring their transportation options.

“The message for travel marketers is that many travelers are making summer travel destination choices very early in the year, and they may want to launch summer travel campaigns earlier this year than in the past,” says Sheri Lambert, Senior Vice President of Synovate’s Travel & Leisure practice.

“But, despite the shift back to earlier planning and booking patterns evident in our survey and also reported by many travel companies,  the majority of would-be travelers this summer have not yet selected their destination or booked transportation or lodging.  Significant opportunities still remain for the travel industry to influence Americans’ travel choices for this summer,” adds Dr. Suzanne Cook, Senior Vice President of Research at TIA. 

Survey results are based on a nationally representative sample of 1,519 U.S. adults aged 18 and over. The survey was conducted online in January 2006. Results have a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.
 
TIA is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $645 billion travel industry. TIA’s mission is to represent the whole of the U.S. travel industry to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. More information on TIA is available at www.tia.org.
 
Synovate, the market research arm of Aegis Group plc, generates consumer insights that drive competitive marketing solutions. Synovate provides clients with cohesive global support and a comprehensive suite of research solutions. Synovate’s Travel & Leisure practice provides research expertise and client service to the travel, tourism, transportation, hospitality, and cruise industries. More information on Synovate is available at www.synovate.com.

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Contact:

Cathy Keefe
Travel Industry Association of America
202-408-2183
ckeefe@tia.org, www.tia.org 
 

Also See: Travel by Americans this Winter Expected to Grow 2% Over Last Winter / Travel Industry Association of America / December 2005

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