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Sojern Releases Q1 Travel Trend Data Based on 400MM+ Traveler Intent Data Points



  Sojern Releases Q1 Travel Trend Data Based on 400MM+ Traveler Intent Data
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Data Reveals Top Five Most Visited and Searched For Destinations, Average
Duration of Stay, Travel Party Size and More

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, ^ 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sojern, the world's leading
data-driven traveler engagement platform, today released the top U.S. consumer
travel trends from the first quarter of the year, including most visited
destinations, most desired/searched for destinations, average duration of
stay, average size of travel party and more. The trends are based on the
rigorous analysis of more than 400 million traveler intent data points,
obtained through Sojern's exclusive partnerships with the world's most
renowned travel brands.

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Today, travel-related transactions account for 1/3rd of all ecommerce revenue
(ComScore 2012), and most of the leading travel brands are leveraging Sojern's
technology to increase marketing acquisition performance on these
transactions, including American Airlines, American Express, Avis|Budget
Group, Choice, Delta, Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, United, and US Airways.
Sojern's robust traveler engagement platform is powered by billions of intent
data points, machine learning technology, and enhanced programmatic buying,
driving insights that are unavailable anywhere else. Sojern's technology
enables brands to deliver the right messages to the right travelers at the
right times, through display, video, email, social media (Facebook Exchange)
and mobile channels.

Through extensive analysis of traveler intent data from the first quarter of
this year, Sojern uncovered a number of insights around consumer travel
behavior, including:

Q1 Travel Data Highlights:

Where Are People Going?

  o NYC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando were the top five
    desired, or most searched destinations. Interestingly, these were not the
    same top five destinations that consumers actually traveled to.
  o NYC, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington D.C. were the most
    popular travel destinations overall.
  o NYC topped the list of most desired and traveled to destinations. In fact,
    twice as many travelers visited NYC in Q1 2013 than the second most
    visited city, Phoenix.
  o Though only one Florida city, Orlando, cracked top five on the most
    searched list in Q1 2013, Florida cities have consistently ranked among
    the top five most searched and visited cities over the last year.
  o Florida was the most popular family travel destination in Q1 2013, with
    Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale both among the top ten travel destinations for
    groups of two or more.

Who Is Traveling and Why?

  o More males are traveling than females. 41.54% percent of travelers were
    females in Q1 2013, while 58.46% were males.
  o Business travel is on the steady rise. 43.2% of travel in Q1 2013 was for
    fun (leisure), while a whopping 56.8% took place for business purposes (up
    4% from the same time period last year).
  o Atlanta topped the list of most popular business travel destinations,
    followed closely by Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Seattle and
    NYC.            

How Are They Traveling?

  o Almost 95% of travelers flew coach in Q1 2013, while just under 5% flew
    first class. The most popular travel destinations for first class
    travelers were Seattle, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
  o Most consumers traveled alone or booked airline tickets separately
    (79.21%).

When Are They Booking?

  o Most travelers book airline tickets more than 30 days in advance (23%). Of
    those traveling 'last minute', most booked 3-7 days in advance (22%). Only
    3% of travelers booked airline tickets the same day they flew.

How Long Are They Staying?

  o The first quarter of the year saw more short-length travel than usual.
    Only 35.52% of travel in Q1 2013 was greater than five days, almost a 10%
    drop from any quarter in 2012. This could be due to the overall increase
    in business-related travel.
  o Most travelers stayed at their destination for 3-5 days (38.81%), while
    25.67% stayed only a day or two.

About Sojern
Headquartered in San Francisco with key offices in New York, Omaha and London,
Sojern is the world's leading data-driven traveler engagement platform that
delivers the most efficient marketing, distribution, monetization and insight
solutions at scale. Since 2007, the company has helped top travel brands like
American Airlines, American Express, Avis|Budget Group, Choice, Delta,
Enterprise, Hertz, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Las Vegas Tourism, Marriott, Microsoft,
Samsonite, Starwood, United, and US Airways more efficiently and meaningfully
engage with travelers to drive conversions, loyalty and monetization.

For more information, please visit www.sojern.com.

SOURCE Sojern Inc

Website: http://www.sojern.com
Contact: Erin Lockhart, 1-408-334-5463, erin.lockhart@sojern.com
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