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|Introducing the "The Orbitz Index" An In-Depth Look at Labor Day Travel Trends|
Leading Online Travel Company Puts Travel into Perspective with Monthly Trend Reports
CHICAGO – August 30, 2005 – Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), the faster, easier way to book travel, today released the inaugural edition of The Orbitz Index, a monthly, in-depth look at travel trends from an industry insider's perspective. From the top holiday hotspots and busiest airports, to the best times of year to travel to the "in" destinations, Orbitz has its finger on the pulse of the travel industry and understands what consumers want to know before they hit the road or take flight.
"No matter the journey – be it a last-minute deal or preparing to travel with family on a busy holiday weekend – we have the 'industry insider' knowledge and resources at our finger tips to help make finding the trip you want fast and easy," said Heather Leisman, director of merchandizing for Orbitz. "The Orbitz Index is designed to provide timely, relevant trend information to inform consumers who are planning their travels this Labor Day weekend."
As the Labor Day weekend approaches, The Orbitz Index examines what the last big travel weekend of the summer holds for travelers. The index is not a scientific survey. As opposed to other industry indicators that use historical data, the index reviews an aggregate mix of future bookings (flight and hotel), indicating significant destination and departure trend information within the data. In addition, the index takes into account last minute supplier sales and deals offered to consumers for travel within less than a 14 day period.
According to The Orbitz Index, the most popular domestic destinations this Labor Day include some frequently visited national hotspots, including three of America's favorite cities. The Second City, Sin City and the Mile High City top the list as more consumers are traveling over the weekend for a final summer getaway this year. Atlanta is the only newcomer to the top ten list, edging off Fort Lauderdale, which ranked #9 for the weekend in 2004.
For American travelers going international, North and Central American destinations have grown in popularity compared to last Labor Day. Canada takes three of the top spots, while Mexico touts two more tropical getaways as travelers look to bask on the beach one last time this summer. And despite the weak dollar and high fuel prices that may tend to keep travelers closer to home, many travelers out of the United States are actually ending their summer with a "holiday" across The Pond for getaways to some of Europe's most popular cities.
Travel is hotter than ever this Labor Day weekend with more people flying than last year. According to Orbitz data, the busiest domestic airports are expected to be Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas McCarran International, Denver International, Atlanta Hartsfield International, and Boston Logan International. Travelers should be prepared for longer lines and the possibility of delays.
Orbitz is a leader in proactive customer care. By signing up for Orbitz Care Alerts, our customer care professionals will actually email travelers' PDA's or call their mobile phones hours before flight time to warn of delays or inform them of on-time departures. Orbitz is also the only online travel agency with a dedicated weather center, where former air traffic controllers monitor conditions that could affect air flow across the United States. During Hurricane Katrina, our Customer Care professionals proactively contacted over 7,000 affected customers to aid them in re-routing their trips booked on Orbitz.
Busiest Travel Days
The busiest days for travel this weekend will be no surprise to most frequent holiday travelers -- Friday and Monday, September 2nd and 5th, will be the most crowded in the airport and on the highway. Travelers who can avoid these days -- leaving a day early or staying a day longer -- can expect to experience much less congestion.
Where the Deals Are
For travelers who haven't made Labor Day plans yet, there are still great deals to many popular domestic and international destinations. According to The Orbitz Index, some top picks for destinations with great Labor Day Weekend package deals include Phoenix, Chicago and San Francisco.
Orbitz is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website www.orbitz.com to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and 16 car rental companies. Orbitz was acquired by Cendant's Travel Distribution Services division in November 2004 and is part of the Consumer Travel Americas group.
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