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Travelocity Data Shows International Travel Spike with Mexico Destinations Up 25%

SOUTHLAKE, Texas--February 18, 2010--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rebounding from last year’s negative press surrounding health scares and unrest along its border, Mexico emerges as this year’s spring break success story, luring people with travel deals and reclaiming its rank as a top vacation spot. Travelocity’s Spring Break Travel Report shows that travelers are returning to spots such as Cancun, which climbed from the number ten spring break spot last year to the number five spot this year.

A deeper look into Mexico’s top vacation spots revealed lower-than-average hotel rates and airfares, key contributors to the travel uptick. Share of travel to Mexico is up a whopping 25 percent.

Mexico Travel Deals Cause for Comeback

Destination Spring 2010 Rank     Spring 2009 Rank     Spring 2008 Rank     Deals
Cancun 5

10

8

Hotel Rates: -13.5%

Airfare: -2.5%

San Jose Cabo 21

25

22

Hotel Rates: -21.5%

Airfare: -1.2%

Puerto Vallarta 24

24

19

Hotel Rates: -13%

Airfare: -7%

Cozumel 58

68

62

Hotel Rates: -13%

Airfare: -4%


Average international airfare is up 3 percent over last year while hotel rates are down 3 percent. However, Mexico data shows declines for both airfares and hotel rates, making package deals more abundant and alluring than ever. On average, Travelocity customers save just by booking their flight and hotel together, compared to booking the same flight and hotel components separately. Travelers heading to Mexico this spring break can get even more bang for their buck by shopping for a package deal at an all-inclusive resort.

“Last year, unrest around its border and an unhealthy world economy dealt a double blow to Mexico tourism during the spring break travel period,” Genevieve Shaw Brown, Travelocity senior editor, said. “These factors forced prices to the destination down, and now Mexico is reaping the benefits of cheap travel costs with the return of spring breakers who are looking for deals.”

Overall, international travel share is up 20 percent, largely because Mexico’s popularity is on the mend with the return of U.S. travelers. Deals to the Caribbean also contribute to the spike in international travel with share to the islands up 17 percent.

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About Travelocity Global:
Travelocity® is committed to being the traveler's champion -- before, during and after the trip – and provides the most comprehensive and proactive guarantee in the industry. This customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, competitive prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity one of the largest travel companies in the world with annual gross bookings of more than U.S. $10 billion. Travelocity also owns and operates: Travelocity Business® for corporate travel; igougo.com, a leading online travel community; lastminute.com, a leader in European online travel; and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation, a world leader in travel marketing and distribution.
 
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