TRAVELER INTEREST SHIFTS FROM MEXICO TO THE CARIBBEAN IN LIGHT OF SWINE FLU
TripAdvisor.com Shows 50% Drop in Mexico Hotel Search but 30% Increase in Caribbean Hotel Search this Week Compared to Last
Site Poll Says Nearly One in Four Consider Safeguarding with Mask
NEWTON, Mass. – May 1, 2009 – /PRNewswire/ – TripAdvisor®, the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced a significant shift in search activity for Mexico hotels and Caribbean hotels, presumably in light of the recent swine flu scare.
Hotels in Mexico on TripAdvisor have seen an average 50 percent drop in page views from Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30, compared to the Monday through Thursday period of the prior week, while hotels in the Caribbean have experienced an average 30 percent jump in page views during the same time period.
TripAdvisor Mask Site Poll
This week, TripAdvisor.com conducted a site poll of 2,259 respondents to determine if travelers are considering wearing masks as a safety measure, revealing that nearly one quarter are:
- Are you thinking of wearing a mask when traveling to protect yourself from swine flu?
- Yes: 23%
- No: 64%
- No travel plans: 13%
Mexico Forums Posts See "Swine" Spike
TripAdvisor Mexico forums saw a significant increase in activity this week. The number of posts containing the word "swine" grew from three for the week of April 7 through April 14 to 1,043 for the week of April 21 through April 28.
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