SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Jan 19, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Travelocity’s annual forecasting poll uncovers travel
patterns and predictions of consumer behavior for 2006 revealing
Americans are true creatures of habit. The survey conducted in
December 2005 found that more than 60 percent of respondents take at
least one annual vacation, and the majority of those travelers (60
percent) go to the exact same spot year after year, despite the
variety of choices travelers have today.
Nearly half of these annual travelers still take trips with family
every single year, often traveling great distances to come together.
In fact, of the travelers who commit to an annual trip, at least 77
percent venture 200 miles or more from home; 18 percent travel to
international destinations. The company’s study of more than 2,800
travelers also found that intentions to travel internationally are on
the rise as a whole for 2006.
“Despite trend-setting travelers spreading the word about exotic
destinations around the world, many people still choose to visit the
same destination year after year,” said Amy Ziff, Travelocity’s editor
at large who conducted the survey. “Even still, international travel
is on the rise, with the Caribbean and Europe leading the way for
Additional survey findings include: Family Travel: Travelers consider their family and friends when they pack up for a road trip, flight, or schedule a business trip. -- Half of all business travelers include a leisure component to their business trips. -- Seventy-two percent of these travelers plan to bring their spouses or children with them on these combined trips. -- At least one in every four respondents plans to travel in 2006 for a special occasion (such as a birthday or anniversary) or family reunion. Purchasing Behaviors: -- Airline itineraries and the availability of a direct flight are the greatest influencers on travelers' airline choices, but they are reluctant to pay more than a $50 premium for a direct flight. -- One out of every five believes their 2006 travel plans will be affected by hurricanes and dangerous weather in 2005. -- Notably, only 5 percent of those indicating their 2006 travel plans would be affected said that this would cause them to purchase trip insurance. -- One out of every three respondents felt gas prices affected their road trips in 2005 and will affect them in 2006. -- Of those who indicated they would be affected by gas prices, one in five says they would drastically reduce the number of road trips taken in 2006. -- Similarly, among respondents who are affected, one in four would opt to fly instead of drive in the New Year. International Travel, 2006 Outlook: -- Most travelers showed a higher interest in international destinations from 2005 to 2006, including: the Caribbean (increase of 8 percentage points) Western Europe (increase of 8 percentage points), Central and South America, Eastern Europe and Russia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
The Travelocity poll conducted from Dec. 2-13, 2005 consisted of
responses from 2,813 Travelocity members. The survey was conducted to
obtain information from travelers who shopped for or booked travel in
the last 12 months. Complete survey details can be found at
Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion –
before, during and after the trip and works hand-in-hand with the
world’s most reputable travel providers so that everything about a
customer’s booking will be right. And if it’s not, Travelocity
guarantees that it will work with its partners to make it right, right
away. This customer-driven focus, backed by live 24/7 phone support,
great prices and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the
fifth largest travel agency in the U.S. – booking $4.9 billion in
travel in 2004. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and
operates Travelocity Business(SM), and lastminute.com, a leader in
European online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings
Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.
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