State of Travel in 2007 May Mean Change in Policies and Demand Expected to Remain High

Travelocity Forecast Poll Shows How Travelers Will Plan, Book and
Cope with the Year Ahead

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 17, 2007–The biggest
change in 2007 starts Jan. 23 with new passport regulations going into
effect requiring passports for those traveling by air to the
Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico. However Travelocity’s annual forecast
poll found that nearly one in four travelers was unaware of the new
requirements, which could mean trouble for some in the year ahead.
Uncovering the latest patterns and attitudes amongst travelers, this
2007 forecast shows consumers are resilient in response to higher
fares, new airline policies, and changing security rules. The latest
data offers insight into how travelers will cope with travel in the
coming year.

With talk of consolidation and no end of higher fares in sight,
when asked how these higher airfares might impact their travel plans,
the largest group of respondents (51 percent) said it would depend on
how much. Twenty-seven percent would take fewer trips, 18 percent
would book earlier and 11 percent would book travel packages in an
effort to dodge additional costs.

Travelers will continue to travel to far flung destinations in
2007, with Western Europe, the Caribbean and Australia, New Zealand
and the South Pacific ranking as the most desired international
regions to visit. Once travelers are on vacation, “hitting the beach”,
“relaxing/doing nothing”, and having a cultural experience were the
top three activities.

“For a growing number of travelers the year 2007 will be a great
one for international travel,” says Amy Ziff, Travelocity’s editor at
large. “With more people obtaining passports in order to visit the
Caribbean and Mexico this year, the world of travel options will open
up in ways it never has before.”

Travelocity’s survey data reveals several other trends of note,
including a tendency towards tradition – with 61 percent saying they
have an “annual trip” that they take every year. Of those who take an
annual trip, more than half report either going to the same exact
place, or at least doing the same basic activity every time. But it’s
not all beach hats and cocktail umbrellas for travelers this year,
with one in 10 planning to commit their leisure time to volunteering
while on vacation. Additional Travelocity forecast poll findings

Destination Stats

— The top 5 intended international destinations are:

1. Western Europe

2. The Caribbean

3. Australia / New Zealand / South Pacific

4. Mexico

5. Eastern Europe

— The top 5 intended domestic regional destinations are:

1. Pacific Region (CA, OR, WA, HI, AK)

2. Mountain Region (AZ, CO, ID, MO, NV, NM, UT, WY)

3. South Atlantic (DL, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VI, WV)

4. New England (CT, MN, MA, NH, RI, VT)

5. Mid Atlantic Region (NJ, NY, PN)

Luggage and Packing Data

— Based on new TSA luggage regulations implemented in 2006:

— The largest group (27 percent) said their packing strategy
has completely changed

— Although 13 percent still haven’t bothered to make any
changes at all to the way they pack and just ship it or
check it

— When asked about the pending release of RFID chips to help
airlines reduce the amount of lost luggage:

— The vast majority (88 percent) were completely unfamiliar
with the concept, despite the fact that 19 percent of
travelers reported losing their luggage at least once in

Other Data Points

— The top three motivators in choosing an airline were:

— Schedule or convenience (61 percent)

— More leg room (11 percent)

— Getting frequent flier miles (9 percent)

The Travelocity poll conducted from Dec. 19, 2006 – Jan. 3, 2007
consisted of responses from 1,280 Travelocity members. The survey was
conducted to obtain information from travelers who shopped for or
booked travel in the last 12 months. For complete survey details,
contact Vollmer Public Relations at 972-488-4790 or

About Travelocity

Travelocity(R) is committed to being the traveler’s champion –
before, during and after the trip – and is the only online travel
company that guarantees not just the price, but the entire travel
experience – see for details. This
customer-driven focus, backed by 24/7 live phone support, great prices
and powerful shopping technology has made Travelocity the sixth
largest travel agency — booking $7.4 billion in travel worldwide in
2005. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates
Travelocity Business(R) for corporate travelers,, a
leader in European online travel and ZUJI, a leader in Asia-Pacific
online travel. Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation
(NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce.

Amanda Borichevsky, 972-488-4790
Andrea Collins, 212-715-2222

SOURCE: Travelocity