NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 6, 2006–Procrastinating men took
another body blow in a survey released today, but it also uncovered
some surprising facts about women’s planning habits. The survey,
published by lastminute.com, a site launched in the U.S. by
Travelocity(R), looked at how far in advance men and women typically
buy gifts or make plans for a special occasion, such as an
anniversary, birthday or the often-dreaded Valentine’s Day.
Overall, the survey reinforced that men are in fact romantically
challenged, with 78 percent admitting that at least once they have
waited until the day of or day before to make plans or buy a gift.
Only one in four feel truly confident that they can break this bad
habit. But, possibly more interesting is the fact that women revealed
some challenges of their own, with nearly half saying that they
typically make plans a week or less ahead of the occasion. And, only
one in three women felt they could definitely break their last minute
“Men clearly have more issues with advance planning, but in all
fairness, this survey also shows that both men and women have a tough
time coming up with the right idea on how to surprise their loved one.
lastminute.com is looking to inspire people to plan an exceptional
evening out or weekend away, even if you have just a few days, or
hours, to plan,” said Jeff Varhol, general manager of lastminute.com
in North America.
Varhol also wonders whether or not it’s the increasing pace of
society that’s leading to Americans in general becoming more and more
last minute planners. The survey showed that women and men found
themselves in a similar debacle when asked what causes them to be so
last-minute, with nearly 8 of 10 respondents (78 percent of women and
79 percent of men) blaming not having enough time or ideas.
-- Fifty-four percent of women describe themselves as true romantics, while only 39 percent of men defined themselves as such. -- While women plan slightly better than men, the fact that almost half of the women surveyed don't make plans or a purchase until within one week of the occasion, certainly challenges the stereotype. -- Sixty-one percent of men still plan/purchase a week or less ahead of time versus 49 percent for women. -- Only one in four men and one in three women felt that they could "definitely" break their self-proclaimed last-minute planning habits. -- Fifty-six percent of men say they either sometimes or frequently catch heat from their significant other for their last minute planning habits (26 percent of women make the same claim).
“Clearly last minute planning is not going to change, so why not
celebrate the spirit of spontaneity,” added Varhol.
The lastminute.com U.S. site is the progeny of lastminute.com, one
of the most popular European travel and lifestyle Web sites, and
Travelocity, which bought the company in June of 2005. Going beyond
what’s currently offered in the online travel realm, lastminute.com is
focused on the last minute planner and offers a wide range of
lifestyle and travel activities, whether for going out of town, or out
ON the town.
lastminute.com: Inspiration for Going Out, Staying In or Going
Going beyond just last minute travel, lastminute.com offers ideas
for “Going Out” on the town, such as planning an adventurous evening
or day out at the last minute – a cool hotel in the city, dinner and
movie, concert or show. Last minute planning also can include “Staying
In,” such as the latest DVD rentals and shopping for gifts, including
wine and flowers. Some of the areas offered on the site include:
-- Hotel for any time - last minute or advance -- Fun and unusual activities -- Helicopter tours, wine tours, city adventures, Napa Valley hot air balloon ride, swimming with the dolphins in Cancun, tickets to the Minnesota high school hockey tournament, Washington's Sasquatch Festival -- Tickets -- Concerts, sports, shows, movies -- Restaurant reservations -- Gifts/wine
lastminute.com also offers inspiration for “Going Away,” such as
planning a surprise getaway for the weekend with great deals on last
minute travel packages within two weeks, and up to three hours before
travel. It offers ideas on fun and unusual activities – tickets to
concerts/major sporting events around the country and world and more.
The site also provides travelers with creative options and great deals
on advance travel for those who do have plenty of time to plan.
The purpose of the survey was to understand last-minute planning
habits for special occasions for both men and women. Data was
collected January 26 – February 2, 2006 among 1,524 Travelocity
members who shopped for / booked travel in the last 12 months.
lastminute.com USA can be found at http://us.lastminute.com.
Travelocity is at http://www.travelocity.com.
Travelocity is committed to being the traveler’s champion –
before, during and after the trip and guarantees everything about a
customer’s booking will be right. If it’s not, Travelocity 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 $7.4 billion in travel worldwide in 2005.
Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also owns and operates
Travelocity Business(SM) and GetThere for corporate travelers,
lastminute.com, 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.
CONTACT: VOLLMER PR Amanda Borichevsky, 972-488-4790 Amanda@vollmerpr.com or Alyson Briggs, 972-488-4790 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE: lastminute.com