October 28, 2017
Research process: Inspiration
Overall, the Looking and Booking experiences are dominated by digital – although perhaps not as much as one might expect, with just over half using a combination of Google searches, online booking platforms and the like before reserving online.
Booking.com and Tripadvisor dominated both countries for Looking and Booking packages and accommodation, with Expedia making a strong showing in the UK, and Accor Hotels in France. Slightly more surprising was the inroads made by sites originally designed to meet travel needs into packages and accommodation: Easyjet, particularly in the UK (24% of Looking for packages), and Voyages SNCF in France (26% of Looking for packages, and 9% for accommodation).
Booking activities: now or later?
In addition, more British travelers tend to book their vacation activities in advance of their trip, although they book fewer activities overall. The most common activity bookings were for restaurants (UK) or a tourist landmark (France).