PlacesToStay Reveals Online Travel Trends

3rd Sep 2003

A new internal customer study by the hotel reservation Web site reveals the latest trends in hotel booking and traveler information needs. Overall, the data shows that travelers are booking hotel rooms closer to departure dates and making weekend getaways a popular choice. offers more than 35,000 hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns and resorts around the world. Through its Web site ( and toll-free number (1-877-4MY-HOTEL), provides convenient hotel booking options for travelers.
Quick Getaway -

Reinforcing that travelers prefer to stay closer to home and take weekend driving-distance vacations, the data reveals that the majority of travelers book hotels within 500 miles or less of their residence, with stays lasting approximately two days. Friday and Saturday stand out as the primary check-in days, while most bookings are made weekdays (Monday through Thursday). Also, more than 55 percent of hotel bookers choose their hotel within 10 days or less of check-in.
In support of this data, continues to offer its Quick Getaways program, an easy way for travelers to find and book vacations close to home. Designed to plan weekend trips, this online lodging guide features bed & breakfasts, inns, resorts and hotels in vacation destinations within driving distance of major metro areas.
Worldwide Travel Preferences -

Through its international network of hotels, the study also identifies areas around the globe that are gaining in popularity. According to the study results, while the U.S. remains steady as the world`s most popular destination country, hotel booking in France has increased by more than 15 percent, and booking in Great Britain has increased by nearly 20 percent.
Within the U.S., most reservations are made for hotels in California, followed by Florida and New York. Reservations made for Monterey, Calif. hotels nearly doubled in a year, making it the fastest riser and most popular option among U.S. destination cities. Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago all showed growth as well. Internationally, significant growth in reservations occurred in Paris and London.
For more information about this data, or to learn how can provide information about online hotel booking or overall traveler trends relative to the hotel industry, please contact Mark O`Toole at 617/227-0012 x235 or [email protected]
About - is a leading consumer travel Internet service for finding and booking distinctive hotels, inns and resorts worldwide. is available in seven languages, including German, French and Spanish. is powered by WorldRes, a leading online hotel reservation network and represents more than 35,000 hotels in 160 countries worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., with global offices in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.





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