NEW YORK—Heading into the last quarter of 2017, fourth quarter data is showing healthy gains across the board, despite slight declines in average daily rates (ADR) and bookings in the third quarter across all travel segments, which are down -0.5 percent and -0.2 percent, respectively, according to new data from TravelClick’s September 2017 North American Hospitality Review.
While group travel is down -0.3 percent in ADR and -4.6 percent in bookings during the third quarter, the same segment is up 2.7 percent in ADR and 3.6 percent in bookings for the fourth quarter. Similarly, transient business travel is down -0.4 percent in ADR and -0.3 percent in bookings in the third quarter, but the segment is up 2.3 percent in ADR and 0.9 percent in bookings in the fourth quarter.
By Michele McDonald
This year will be a record year for hotel bookings made by travel agents in the GDS channel, a new study by TravelClick predicts.
Based on the study, which surveyed more than 900 travel agents in 52 countries, and on TravelClick’s own data, it forecasts that agents will make 68 million hotel reservations in the Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport systems this year, surpassing 2016’s total by 2 million.
By Andrew Sheivachman
Skift Take: Agents may be placing more hotel bookings through global distribution systems, but the fact remains that hotels would like to move away from expensive distribution channels like these.