Agents booking further ahead

first_imgWhile the lead time for hotel bookings has increased, last minute bookings by travel agents are also on the rise, according to data analysis released by Excite Holidays.Excite Holidays revealed a 21 percent upsurge in hotel bookings made nine months in advance during the first quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.52 percent of all hotel bookings were made 10 months ahead of departure, while accommodation reservations made five months in advance of departure dropped by approximately 9 percent.“But that’s not to say that we’re not seeing last minute bookings come through from travel agents,” Excite Holidays chief executive George Papaioannou said.When compared to last year’s figures, there has been a 22 percent jump in last minute hotel bookings made seven to fourteen days prior to departure by agents for the first quarter of 2013.The standard of hotels booked is also switching, noting an 18 percent increase for 4.5 star properties during the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period 2012.“Holidays are an important feature of people’s lives and these figures show that travellers are again willing to spend,” Mr Papaioannou said.“The increased lead time for bookings only shows that they are booking way in advance so they can get the dates and accommodation they want before it gets sold out.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Last minute bookings also on the rise.last_img

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