/C O R R E C T I O N -- TripAdvisor/
NEWTON, Mass., May 14, 2013
In the news release, TripAdvisor Survey Reveals Memorial Day And Summer Travel
On The Rise, issued 14-May-2013 by TripAdvisor over PR Newswire, we are
advised by the company that the percentages have changed in the third column
of the table. The complete, corrected release follows:
TripAdvisor Survey Reveals Memorial Day And Summer Travel On The Rise
86 Percent Plan to Travel for Leisure This Summer and 30 Percent Planning
Trips for Memorial Day Weekend
Gas Prices Having Little Impact on 2013 Plans
NEWTON, Mass., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TripAdvisor^®, the world's largest
travel site*, today announced the results of its 2013 summer travel survey of
more than 1,200 U.S. respondents, revealing nearly one-third (30 percent) are
planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend and 86 percent are planning a
leisure trip this summer. This represents a six percent and seven percent
increase, respectively, in travelers that took a trip during the same travel
periods in 2012.
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Relief at the Pump
According to 93 percent of Memorial Day trekkers and 87 percent of summer
vacationers, gas prices will not have an effect on plans this summer. As
national average gas prices continue to decline year-over-year, so does the
impact of gas prices on leisure summer travel plans among TripAdvisor survey
Year Average NationalGas Price mid-May¹ Gas Impacting Summer Travel Plans
2013 $3.60 13%
2012 $3.75 14%
2011 $3.96 39%
¹According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, national average
per gallon for regular gas,May 13, 2013, May 14, 2012 and May 16, 2011.
Steady Summer Spending
Fifty-three percent of those traveling this summer said they will spend the
same on their trip this year, while 25 percent expect to spend more.
Travelers are also looking for savings – 71 percent said they would take a
spontaneous trip if they found a last-minute deal.
Hitting the Road
Cars are the most popular mode of transportation for leisure travel this
summer, followed by air travel and train. Three in four (74 percent) summer
travelers will be traveling by car, 64 percent will take to the skies and 11
percent will opt for the train.
Of those traveling for Memorial Day, 56 percent will be driving to their
destination and 36 percent will travel by plane. The greatest amount of
travelers (29 percent) indicated they will drive between 100 and 200 miles to
their weekend getaway spot, 21 percent will go 50-100 miles and 11 percent
will drive more than 500 miles.
The top five most popular summer destination types this year, according to
1.Ocean – 51%
2.City – 50%
3.Countryside – 29%
4.National park – 23%
5.Lake – 17%
According to the respondents, New York City tops the list again this year for
the most popular U.S. destination for summer travel. Boston and Washington,
D.C. took second and third, beating out Las Vegas and Chicago,which made the
list in 2012.
The majority of travelers (70 percent) surveyed will stay in hotels for
leisure trips this summer, followed by 27 percent that will stay at the home
of family or friends and 20 percent who will spend their time in a vacation
Shopping Tops Summer Activities
Perhaps a reflection of increased consumer confidence, the most popular
vacation activity this summer will be shopping, according to more than half
(51 percent) of respondents.
Other top activities for this summer's vacationers:
o45 percent plan to go swimming
o42 percent plan to go to a museum
o37 percent plan to visit a national or state park
o35 percent plan to attend a BBQ or cookout
Zip-lining, paddleboarding and renting a bike from a share program are three
of the most popular activities for travelers planning to try something new.
Summer Pros, Cons and Indulgences
Twenty-two percent say their favorite thing about summer is spending time
outdoors, 22 percent most prefer the extended daylight hours and 18 percent
appreciate the warmer weather. Larger crowds are respondents' biggest
aversion (44 percent) to summer travel, followed by high travel costs (19
When it comes to favorite summer food indulgences, 33 percent will splurge on
ice cream, 13 percent will reach for a lobster, and nine percent look forward
to fried seafood.To wash it down, the top summer beverage indulgences are
margaritas (15 percent), beer (12 percent), and iced tea (nine percent).
"The survey indicates that more people are planning leisure trips this summer,
notably as prices at the pump continue to decline year-over-year," said Brooke
Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. "Whether they plan to
shop, swim or just enjoy the great outdoors, prospects of sunshine and warmer
weather have U.S. travelers looking ahead to summer trips."
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan
and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real
travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with
seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest
travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly
visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30
countries worldwide, includingChina underdaodao.com. TripAdvisor also
includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the
tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other
travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com,
www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com,
www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com,
www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com,
www.onetime.com,www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com,
www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com,
www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, April 2013
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