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Is the travel market consolidating or fragmenting?

Exploring the short break customer journey

October 28, 2017

Illustration on Is the market consolidating or fragmentingTwo companies cover both the entire short break value chain, and the entire short break Customer Journey, from Looking to Post-Experience: Booking.com and Tripadvisor. It should come as no surprise that they dominate the overall Customer Journey.

That said, overall the Booking process remains very fragmented in both countries, with a large number of travel sites, airlines and price comparison sites used to research and book trips. While the market has concentrated in the hands of the two major players, there is little evidence that specialist players are being squeezed out.

This poses the central question for brands: is it better to ape Booking.com and Tripadvisor and try to extend reach into more countries, more stages of the Customer Journey and value chain? Or become specialized to build a point of difference?

 

MORE ON THE SHORT BREAK CUSTOMER JOURNEY

→ A segmentation for the short break market
→ Digital transformation of the short break travel market
→ Short break preferences in France and the UK
→ A typical short break customer journey in the UK & France

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