Submit Press release  ∑ eTN Team ·  Advertising  ·  eTN Awards  - Worldtourism Events    


Single-digit growth forecast for online travel booking industry  Nov 20, 2008

2009 will be the first year that online travel bookings in the U.S. will experience single-digit growth, forecasts PhoCusWright.

Unsurprisingly, consumers are cutting back on their expenditure and leisure travel is one of the first to be trimmed back, or cut. This has been reflected in PhoCusWright's latest forecast of a 9% growth in online travel bookings to total $98.2 billion this year, reported Hospitality Net.

Not all online travel providers would fare the same, found the research. For instance, rail sales would grow by 28% while hotel bookings would grow by 8%.

According to PhoCusWright, the reason for the continued success of online travel booking was "consumer comfort with online purchasing, perception of the Web as having the lowest prices and supplier disincentives for booking through other channels".

In other research, reported in a Travel Weekly article, ARC data from October was used to determine the first monthly double-digit decline in U.S. travel sales volume and the outlook for November is no more encouraging.

Reporting on the article, commented that a new chapter seems to have opened in October, when "weakening demand" became "falling demand."

Single-digit growth forecast for online travel booking industry
Image via

Premium Partners