Expedia data reveals a positive outlook for the Caribbean
Bellevue, Washington- Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s largest online travel company, released data today showing demand for travel to the Caribbean on Expedia group sites worldwide has grown nearly 20 percent during the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the prior year. The leading destinations in the Caribbean based on growth in travel demand across all Expedia group travel sites worldwide are the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
The online travel leader formed new partnerships throughout the Caribbean region during 2012, adding nearly 10% more Caribbean properties to its portfolio so far this year, thereby advancing the company’s commitment to driving tourism growth in the region. By working with the Expedia group, hotels in the Caribbean gain exposure to the more than 55 million travelers that visit Expedia group travel sites each month, which includes Expedia-branded sites in 30 countries; Hotels.com sites in more than 60 countries; Egencia®, serving business travelers in 54 countries; leading discount travel site Hotwire®; as well as Expedia® Affiliate Network, which powers travel bookings for more than ten thousand affiliate websites. A majority of the international demand for the Caribbean is coming from travelers in the US, Canada and the UK, with the fastest growth coming from Finland, Mexico and Australia.
“A key factor that continues fueling growth for the Caribbean on Expedia sites is dynamic vacation package offerings, as they comprise nearly half of all bookings made to the region,” said Demetrius Canton, Director of Market Management for the Caribbean. “Expedia packages represent a convenient and attractive purchase option for consumers and, at the same time, hotel partners receive the benefit of extended booking windows and longer lengths of stay, while maintaining rate integrity.”
Source: Dominican Today
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