Hotels.com® Discovers Differing Travel Habits among Republicans and Democrats

Hotels.com® Discovers Differing Travel Habits among Republicans and Democrats

Democrats splurge on extra amenities, while Republicans extend their travels
by playing hooky

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Nov. 5, 2012

DALLAS, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With the election finally upon us, there
is no doubt that President Obama and Mitt Romney are fantasizing about taking
an extended vacation after their campaign trails come to an end tomorrow. Over
the last year, we've learned a great deal about each of these candidates,
including how and where they prefer to travel. Now, Hotels.com® is taking a
closer look at the travel habits of the U.S. citizens that support each
candidate.

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Domestic Affairs
Using insights from Google Consumer Surveys, Hotels.com found that 86 percent
of Republican travelers prefer to stay within the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and
the Caribbean, while Democrats are 11 percent more likely to explore abroad in
overseas destinations such as Europe, the Middle East, or Latin America. Not
only are the majority of Americans traveling close to home, according to the
survey, but they are spending more domestically on hotels as well – 5 percent
more over last year, according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™
(HPI®).

Democrats: "Put it on my Tab"
Even though the HPI indicates that consumers are spending more on hotel
accommodations than in recent years past, the survey results showed that some
are still less inclined to splurge on additional travel expenses than others.
When polled, Democrats admitted to spending slightly more on items such as
clothing and accessories, as well as drinks with friends and family while
traveling for business, whereas both Democrats and Republicans were discovered
to be just as likely to expense other amenities such as hotel Wi-Fi, flight
upgrades, and room service or upscale dining.

Absentee Ballot
While Democrats are squeezing all they can out of their vacation while they're
on it, Republicans proved to be the group more likely to try and extend their
travel plans beyond their ending point. Of the 1,000 respondents included in
the survey, Republicans outweighed Democrats by 11 percent when asked if they
would call out sick to gain an extra night on their vacation.

Honest as Abe
Luckily for hoteliers, both political groups delivered similar results when
asked if they had ever stolen any common items from a hotel room; the majority
of each party (Democrats, 88 percent; Republicans 93 percent) voted "nay" when
it came to leaving with more items than they checked in with.

Travel like a Candidate
Whether you want to plan a last minute trip to celebrate a win (or help heal a
loss), or get a jump start on planning a retreat to the favorite spring-time
stomping grounds of Mitt and Barack themselves – Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro
NH and Martha's Vineyard, Cape Code, MA, respectively. Democrats and
Republicans alike are encouraged to check out the Hotels.com "Deals for Me"
app on Facebook that will match custom hotel and deal recommendations for you
based on popular destinations within your own social network. You can even
book with your friends on Facebook too – inauguration road trip to Washington
D.C., anyone?

The results quoted in this press release are taken from surveysconductedby
Hotels.com usingGoogleConsumerSurveysbetween October 18 and September 22,
2012. Each question sampled at least 500 unique, randomly sampled internet
users across theGoogleConsumerSurveyspublisher network. The average margin
of error is +/- 4%.

Press Contacts:
Ashley Aberbach, Finn Partners for Hotels.com
Phone: (212) 715-1524
Email: ashley@finnpartners.com

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com

About the HPI^®

The HPI tracks the real prices paid per room by hotels.com customers around
the world using a weighted average based on the number of rooms sold in each
of the markets that hotels.com operates. The index started in 2004, and
includes all bookings across the almost 140,000 properties in over 60
countries that make up the sample set of hotels from which prices are taken.

About Hotels.com^®

Hotels.com is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through its global
network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travelers with almost 155,000
properties around the world, ranging from international chains and
all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with
all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits
from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the
best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and
promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from
users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an
informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading
loyalty program Welcome Rewards^®, customers can earn a free night for every
10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee,
if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com,
LP will refund the difference.Travelers can book online or by contacting one
of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets
can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers
to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com
publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room
price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced
in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at
www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/Hotels.comUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcom and
on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. Hotels.com. LP is part
of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an
extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

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LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2012
Hotels.com, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

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