reported today that Asia-Pacific region room nights booked electronically through the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and key Internet sites increased 25.8% in the first quarter of 2004 compared to the prior year period. In comparison, GDS worldwide room nights increased 9.5% for first quarter of 2004 versus first quarter of 2003.
The average daily rate (ADR) for the Asia-Pacific region was $136.29, an improvement of 11.5% over the same quarter last year.
TravelCLICK’s reports are compiled from its comprehensive database, which is the exclusive source of hotel industry electronic distribution data from the Abacus/Infini, Axess, Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, and Worldspan GDS. TravelCLICK’s data also includes hotel bookings made through third-party travel Web sites powered by Pegasus Solutions.
First Quarter GDS Results for Asia -Pacific
The top 10 destination markets for total GDS room nights in Asia-Pacific during the first quarter of 2004 were, in order:
2. HONG KONG
“All the top ten cities experienced double-digit growth in the first quarter of the year, after a turbulent year the future looks bright for the region,” said Jan Tissera, vice president of international sales for TravelCLICK. “Shanghai experienced the most dramatic improvement over first quarter of last year, with 38.8% growth.”
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