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SUMMER TRAVEL FORECAST SUNNY FOR U.S. TRAVELERS

86 Percent Will Travel for Leisure This Summer Compared to 81 Percent in 2011 

Declining Gas Prices Lead One in Ten to Travel More by Car This Summer

NEWTON, Mass., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the results of its annual summer travel survey of more than 1,800 U.S. respondents. Eighty-six percent of travelers are planning leisure trips this summer, up from 81 percent that traveled last summer.

A separate survey of more than 1,200 U.S. respondents showed that recently declining gas prices will not have an effect on leisure travel plans this summer, according to 86 percent of U.S. respondents. However, 10 percent now expect to take more trips by car this summer as a direct result of lower prices at the pumps.

Summertime Shell-Out

Memorial Day in Motion

Summer Hotspots

The top five most popular summer destination types this year, according to U.S. travelers:

  1. City – 58%
  2. Ocean – 41%
  3. National park – 20%
  4. Lake – 18%
  5. Resort – 16%

U.S. regions travelers are planning to visit this summer:

  1. Northeast – 35%
  2. West – 31%
  3. Southeast – 30%
  4. Midwest – 22%
  5. Southwest – 17%

Fun in the Sun

“The majority of U.S. travelers are committed to their leisure summer travel plans, whether gas prices are up or down,” said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “Even if it takes cutting back on mileage and staying closer to home, the vast majority of Americans will take summer trips.”

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, January 2012

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, January 2012

©2012 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor

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A recent TripAdvisor survey reveals New York City is one of the top U.S. destinations for summer travel this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
A recent TripAdvisor survey reveals New York City is one of the top U.S. destinations for summer travel this year. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
According to TripAdvisor’s  2012 summer travel survey, 58 percent of U.S. respondents will visit a city this summer. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
According to TripAdvisor’s 2012 summer travel survey, 58 percent of U.S. respondents will visit a city this summer. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
A recent TripAdvisor survey shows that 10 percent of U.S. respondents plan  to take more summer trips by car as a result of declining gas prices. (A  TripAdvisor traveler photo)
A recent TripAdvisor survey shows that 10 percent of U.S. respondents plan to take more summer trips by car as a result of declining gas prices. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Forty-one percent of U.S. respondents will visit a historical site this summer, according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 summer travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
Forty-one percent of U.S. respondents will visit a historical site this summer, according to TripAdvisor’s 2012 summer travel survey. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
TripAdvisor’s 2012 summer travel survey reveals 35 percent of U.S. respondents are planning an international leisure trip this summer.  (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)
TripAdvisor’s 2012 summer travel survey reveals 35 percent of U.S. respondents are planning an international leisure trip this summer. (A TripAdvisor traveler photo)

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