ONE-THIRD OF ONLINE SHOPPERS BUY TRAVEL NEW YORK -- About 27 million people shopped online for travel and leisure services last year, doubling 1998's total of 13.4 million, according to Cyber Dialogue, an eCRM company. Online travel shoppers now comprise more than one-third of the total online population, and nearly half of all men online (44%) turn to the Web for travel and leisure purchases. Read more: http://www.webtravelnews.com/581.htm
I can't believe how well my travel agent clients are doing, we make all their sites destination specific and they're getting more leads than they can handle (except for a fiji site, but they can't blame the government coup on me, I have a client's site in the top 10 on 7 engines for the keyphrase "denver real estate" and they're only getting a fraction of the leads (and traffic) that the travel sites generate.
Maybe I should go back to college to become a travel agent
"Consumers have adapted to online travel planning faster than any other E-commerce segment. Online leisure travel bookings will soar from $3.1 billion a year today to more than $29 billion in 2003". --Forrester Research
VACATION.COM ACQUIRED FOR $57 MILLION Amadeus announced today that it is acquiring travel agency consortium Vacation.com for US$57.3 million in cash and warrants. The move was described by Amadeus as strengthening its commitment to brick-and-mortar agencies and giving a strong US presence on the Web. Read more: [webtravelnews.com]
The number of Americans who bought travel online last year grew to 21 million people, nearly doubling the Internet travel market for the second consecutive year, according to The PhoCusWright 2000 Travel E-Commerce Survey.
"Despite all the recent talk of 'easy dot com, easy dot go,' it's amazing that online travel buying has been embraced by one-tenth of the adult population," said Philip Wolf, president and CEO of PhoCusWright. "Consumers continue to defy the skeptics with an insatiable appetite for anything and everything online travel."