Mobile Drives Growth of Online Travel Bookings – eMarketer

Mobile Drives Growth of Online Travel Bookings – eMarketer

Excerpt from eMarketer

Will account for 40% of US digital travel sales in 2017

As the summer travel season officially gets under way, a growing number of Americans will use their smartphones and tablets to book a trip, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on digital and mobile travel. This year, digital travel sales in the US will reach $189.62 billion, 40.0% of which will come from mobile devices. 



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In its definition of travel sales, eMarketer includes airline, car rental, cruise, hotel, accommodations (including Airbnb) and transportation.

US mobile travel sales will total $75.85 billion in 2017, up 16.7% over last year. On the flip side, desktop and laptop travel sales will decline 1.6% this year to $113.77 billion. 

Meanwhile, desktop/laptop’s share of all digital travel sales will shrink to 60.0%. And by 2021, mobile will represent nearly half of all digital travel sales.

There are two important milestones to watch for in the coming years: By 2019, digital travel sales will surpass $200 billion for the first time, and by 2020, mobile travel sales alone will surpass $100 billion.

When it comes to booking travel on mobile devices, US adults are using smartphones much more heavily than tablets. This year, 57.5 million US adults will use a smartphone to book a trip, up 14.1% over last year. That represents 81.2% of all mobile travel bookers.

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