Travel

Sunday Series: Travel Category Cruises Along

To wrap up the last of our Sunday Series for January 2014 data, we’ve got a fast mover that will get you excited for your spring and summer vacations! Early bookers get the worm — so there’s no surprise that one of our top-growing categories was Cruise Lines.

Case Study: Why Engagement Doesn’t Always Equal Higher Sales

In 1946, Juan Trippe established the InterContinental brand and opened their first hotel in Béllam, Brazil. Since then, the InterContinental Hotel Group has become the largest hotel company in the world with over 675,000 rooms in over 100 countries. In 2008, Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia founded Airbnb in San Francisco, CA. Since then, they have expanded to 34,000 cities in 192 different countries and offer over 500,000 rooms.

Sunday Series: Boeing Helps Travel Category Get Going

October was a great month for the “Corporate Travel” category. In fact, it was the best month that the category has had in the past two years. After a record 25% month-over-month (MoM) increase, the category saw a little over three million unique visitors (UVs). This is one of the first times that the category made it to our list of fast movers and is quite impressive for the relatively small category. But what exactly helped the category perform so well?

Trivago—Early Days of the Big USA Push

The recovering travel industry in the USA means more revenue potential and more players interested in tapping into that. One of those is Trivago, based in Germany and started in 2005, and newly penetrating the US. Trivago calls itself a “hotel comparison site” (i.e., meta-search engine) meaning consumers do not book on Trivago but are shown prices from across the web, which in theory allows them a complete view of pricing options before booking.

Using Data to Identify Consumer Behavior Trends in the Travel Industry

Is the travel industry facing digital saturation? It almost seems like there are more booking services than there are listings. The same hotel room for a given night can be researched and booked through multiple avenues, such as the hotel’s website, any one of the online travel agencies (OTAs), or one of the numerous hotel review sites.

Sunday Series: Mobile Sites Among Travel Planning Fast Movers

Travel planning and review sites are seemingly doing good business: traffic to the category grew over 10% year-over-year (YOY), reaching 25 million Unique Visitors (UVs) in May. Which sites benefitted most from the start of the summer travel season? Sites designed with a mobile mindset and sites offering crowd-sourced, local content. TripAdvisor, the most popular travel planning site, made the list of ten fast movers in May.

Sunday Series: Fastest Growing Online Travel Agencies

This week at Compete, we compiled the list of fastest growing online travel agencies in January. Americans were busy booking trips in the New Year: the category had over 54 million Unique Visitors, up 26.7% from December. Some of the niche agencies included on the list offer travel to the Dominican Republic, Europe, California, and the Caribbean. Let’s dig a little deeper into the largest sample site on the list.

Hertz to Buy Dollar Thrifty

Image from: Car Rental / Shutterstock After two years of negotiating, Hertz is finally making it official: In a merger that will give it a combined share of about 25% of U.S. car rental market sales, Hertz Global Holdings has agreed to buy Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group for $2.3 billion.  Hertz expects at least $160 million of annual cost synergies from the transaction.  Today, Enterprise Holdings is the market leader

Sunday Series: Which Online Travel Agencies Are Taking Off?

Image from: Global Travel / Shutterstock With the onset of autumn comes the time for me to start figuring out my holiday plans, and so I’ve been recently thinking about where people go online to research travel before booking. Below we have a ranking of the top fastest growing online travel agencies month over month. Most gains were pretty modest, but the top one really stands out: Parkholidays.com with a 1,225% gain

MegaBUST?

Image from: Megabus / StudentGuideGoPittsburgh.com The cost and hassle of flying may be making it a less desirable method of travel. As a result more people may be turning to commercial buses for their transportation needs. As a recent college graduate I have traveled affordably by bus for years, so I was particularly interested in the comparison between the lines I’ve had the most experience with: Greyhound, Megabus, and BoltBus.

The Curious Identity of RoomKey.com

Consumers shopping for a hotel online have many options to find the property they want at the prices they demand.  RoomKey.com, a website originally founded by six of the largest hotel chains, launched earlier this year to help the founding brands capture bookings that might otherwise happen on an OTA To gauge its success to date, Compete evaluated traffic volumes and sources using our patented normalization process which leverages Compete’s