Internet Travel Monitor - Industry NewsMarriott International announced findings of its inaugural U.S. Summer Travel Trends Report 2017 based an analysis of nearly 2 million Marriott.com searches and bookings in April and May for travel between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holiday weekends.
May 31, 2017
Beyond the Beach: Marriott International Reveals Top Trends in Inaugural Summer Travel Trend Report 2017
“This summer, travelers are looking beyond typical beach-centric destinations and considering places like Orlando, New York, Chicago and New Orleans to explore with their families and friends,” said Brian King, Global Officer, Digital, Distribution & Global Sales, Marriott International. “They’re also more eager this year than last year to bring their pets, stay a little longer and seek out good value.”
Marriott analyzed multiple Marriott-owned data sources including Marriott.com, in addition to surveying more than 2,000 consumers with a proprietary study on their summer travel hacks.
When it comes to kicking off the summer over Memorial Day Weekend, Marriott’s customers are split on whether to seek family fun or city escapes, according to Marriott data. The Top 5 most-searched destinations for Memorial Day:
When it comes to deciding where to watch the Fourth of July fireworks, some of Marriott’s customers who booked hotels in April had already made up their minds. Hotels in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, for instance, saw their share of bookings soar 26% and 27%, respectively, compared to other summer weekends.
The Top 5 most-searched destinations for Independence Day reflect a desire to celebrate in vibrant cities:
Vacationers Plan Longer Holiday Trips
Marriott sees summer holiday trips growing longer than last year. With July 4 falling on a Tuesday this year, Marriott’s bookings for five-day stays are soaring 67% over the 2016 holiday, when the nation’s birthday fell on a Monday. More than a third of customers are booking three-to-five day stays for the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays, according to Marriott’s report. This represents an approximately 70% increase in longer-than-average stays compared to non-holiday summer weekends.
Demand for Packages Swells
Another trend revealed in Marriott’s trend report is strong, continued interest in seeking out summer package deals that include items such as breakfast, parking or Wi-Fi, according to the report. Consumers booked package rates about 7% more often for their holiday weekend vacations than their non-holiday trips.
“We’re seeing packages grow because people are opting for once-and-done vacations, where they can get on with enjoying rather than budgeting,” King said. “Who doesn’t like a little extra value for their summer holidays? For some families, that can mean having the freedom to buy more frozen custard, roller-coaster rides and mini-golf games.”
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