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First Quarter Worldwide Hotel Revenue Up 12.9% from
Electronic Channels According to TravelCLICK
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CHICAGO (May 23, 2006) - TravelCLICK's eMonitor results for the first quarter of 2006 show that worldwide electronic hotel revenue from the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and key Internet sites combined was up 12.9%.  

Electronic room nights for the first quarter increased by 7.6% from the same time last year, while ADR increased by 4.9% contributing to a revenue growth of 12.9%.  The average length of stay for the first quarter 2006 was 2.14 nights, the same as last year. 

“Consistent with projections, the travel agent channel continues to show consistent growth each quarter while securing higher ADR bookings for hotels,” said John Hach, Vice President of Product Management – eMarketing Products for TravelCLICK.  “Using this proven channel, hotels are optimizing their GDS performance with an enhanced promotion strategy that not only distributes rates and inventory on the GDS, but also drives demand and ensures ideal placement.  This stable growth is ensuring GDS as an important element of a hotel’s overall integrated distribution strategies including all online channels -- GDS and the Internet.” 

eMonitor results are compiled from TravelCLICK's comprehensive database, which is the exclusive source of hotel industry electronic distribution data from the Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre and Worldspan GDS.  TravelCLICK's eMonitor also includes hotel bookings made through third-party travel Internet websites powered by Pegasus Solutions.

Travel Agent Component 

Travel agent bookings remained the dominant source of GDS hotel e-business, representing 84.9% of total room nights.  The travel agent component of GDS bookings had a 5.0% increase in ADR and a 13.9% increase in revenue versus the first quarter of 2005.  Travel agents continued to be a key source of higher rate business for hotels.  The average rate for room nights booked through travel agents was 37.1% higher than the average rate for room nights booked via the Internet. 

For the first quarter 2006, travel agent hotel room nights via the GDS were up 8.5%, driving a 13.9% revenue growth from the same period in 2005.  

Internet Component 

Internet (consumer online) room nights displayed a gain of 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2005.  ADR was up 2.7% for Internet bookings; revenue was up 5.8% compared to the same period last year. 
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First Quarter 2006
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Room Nights 
% Change 
ADR 
% Change
Total GDS and Pegasus Hotel e-Commerce 
29,868,494 
7.6% 
$139.61 
4.9%
Travel Agent Component 
25,354,588 
8.5% 
$145.57 
5.0%
Consumer Internet Component 
4,513,906 
3.0% 
$106.16 
2.7%
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GDS Performance by Market Segment
Results for the first quarter of 2006 by industry market segment are shown below for GDS bookings only.  All market segments had increases in both room nights and ADR compared to the first quarter of last year.

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First Quarter 2006
Market Segment 
Room Nights 
% Change 
ADR 
% Change
Luxury 
817,210 
10.8% 
$327.52 
3.8%
Upscale 
9,981,351 
3.9% 
$174.61 
6.0%
Mid-Scale 
11,369,268 
6.6% 
$112.88 
5.2%
Economy 
2,148,822 
11.4% 
$79.56 
7.4%
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Top Destination Markets

The top ten worldwide destination markets in room nights for GDS and Pegasus third-party powered websites, in order, were:
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First Quarter 2006
.Top Destination Markets
Room Nights 
% Change 
ADR 
% Change
New York 
1,303,404
6.5%
$225.15
8.0%
Los Angeles 
1,096,429
6.1%
$147.92
9.1%
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose 
962,253
7.6%
$147.33
7.3%
Washington/Baltimore 
875,910
1.0%
$172.32
9.3%
London 
840,826
13.7%
$231.40
-4.5%
Chicago 
709,833
9.1%
$133.06
8.7%
Dallas 
605,663
9.0%
$114.86
8.2%
Atlanta 
534,574
4.6%
$120.90
8.6%
Houston 
468,474
12.6%
$122.33
10.8%
Boston 
426,749
8.1%
$143.08
4.0%
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To receive a free listing of first quarter results by top 50 cities worldwide in electronic room nights, please email emonitor@travelclick.net.  Up-to-date GDS hotel booking summaries by local market are available at www.travelclick.net

About TravelCLICK 

TravelCLICK is the leading provider of hotel business process management (BPM) solutions that drive long-term profitability.  TravelCLICK helps hotels maximize asset ROI by combining innovative market analysis and proven industry best practices with advanced technology to develop and implement high-return strategies.  The company offers a full set of solutions including reservations and distribution management, intelligence-based decision support and marketing services.  Established in 1996 and headquartered in the Chicago area, TravelCLICK has over 12,000 customers in more than 140 countries.

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Contact:

TravelCLICK
Katrina Pruitt-Andrews
410.257.9154
kpandrews@travelclick.net
 

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TravelCLICK Launches International Call Center Supporting iHotelier CRS Customers Worldwide / January 2006
Ireland’s Carton House Selects TravelCLICK for Central Reservation System Solution / January 2006
TravelCLICK’s iHotelier Selected by The Island Hotel Newport Beach for Central Reservation System Solution / December 2005
TravelCLICK Distribution Management Solution Supports Multiple Pricing Layers Across Major Distribution Models / December 2005
Sabre Travel Network and TravelCLICK Launch Enhancement to Hotel Spotlight; New Precision Path Analytical Tool Now Available / November 2005
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TravelCLICK Announces Call For Entries for The 2005 E-Marketer of the Year Awards / September 2005
TravelCLICK Names New CFO and CIO / September 2005
BTG-Jianguo Hotels and Resorts Selects TravelCLICK’s iHotelier Central Reservation System / August 2005
Wynn Las Vegas, Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Select TravelCLICK’s iHotelier CRS Platform / June 2005
TravelCLICK Names Robert Post as President and Chief Executive Officer / May 2005
Accor North America Hotels Selects TravelCLICK’s ChannelManager / April 2005
Major Hotel Chains Grow Internet Reservations Over 22% in 2004; Brand Websites Increase Volume of Reservations Over 31% / April 2005 
Major Hotel Chains Grew Internet Reservations by 24% 2004 YTD; TravelCLICK Reports eTRAK Results from 30 Leading Brands / January 2005
TravelCLICK Expands Commitment to iHotelier / August 2004

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