continues to grow, adding 20 new departure cities and seeing extraordinary demand in the last-minute market. A study conducted by Site59, provider of last-minute travel packages to AOL, CheapTickets, Yahoo! Travel, Travelocity, American Express, BestFares and dozens of major airlines, hotels, and leading travel sites, shows a 271% increase in transactions for January 2003 (as compared to January 2002) and a 232% increase in revenue growth for the same period.
Caption: Damon Tassone
, General Manager of Site59
The top destinations for last minute travel during January 2003 were Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Miami and Orange County, California. In 2002, the top destinations were Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, New York City and Cancun.
According to the TIA
(Travel Industry Association), in the last year, about two-thirds of US adults planned at least one of their vacations within two weeks of departure.
“Consumers see the price benefits of purchasing at the last minute—and with Site59, they also experience the convenience of completing a single transaction for the multiple components of a getaway,” said Damon Tassone
, General Manager of Site59.
Site59 offers consumers a choice of airlines, hotels, and car rentals so trips can be customized with all the important details displayed prior to purchase. Site59`s creative packages reflect a departure from ordinary packaged tours—all the hard work is done in advance, including recommendations of where to eat and what to see . Hundreds of packages are available daily and can be booked from 14 days up to 3 hours before departure.
Site59 getaways feature exciting destinations that run the gamut from Belize and Bermuda to Boston and Buffalo, and are bundled as flight and hotel, flight and car rental, and hotel and car rental, with optional extras such as pre-paid dinner reservations. Packages display real-time availability, using Site59`s packaging technology, which combines inventory from more than 2600 hotels, airlines, car rentals, and specialty providers worldwide.
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