hotels.com Reveals What U.S. Travelers Prefer to Eat While on Vacation

New survey finds Italian cuisine reigns supreme.

Dec 21, 2010, 12:03 ET from hotels.com

DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Marinara and mozzarella are what U.S. travelers prefer to feast on while traveling, according to the latest survey from the world's leading provider of lodging worldwide, hotels.com®.  The survey was based on travelers' eating habits including regional cuisine selections, meal plans versus exploring local restaurants, and the staple cuisine of road trips, hangovers and homesickness – American fast food chains.

"Adventurous travelers get the luck of the draw when selecting unknown cuisine and restaurants while traveling," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, director of public relations & social media for hotels.com. "Whether it's tapas in Spain or burritos south of the border, taking a risk on a restaurant located off the beaten path can reap great rewards for travelers, but can also lead to great disappointments. Sticking with what you know tends to be a popular trend among the less adventurous U.S. travelers."

U.S. Travelers Get Selective When it Comes to Cuisine

The survey found that almost two-thirds of travelers make it a point to try the local cuisine when traveling. Only six percent surveyed said they would not stray off the beaten path, and would only eat cuisine that they were familiar with. Of those polled, 13 percent were not even willing to try any local cuisine at all. Twenty-nine percent had chosen a destination because of its cuisine, and 18 percent prefer to eat at an American fast food chain instead of a local restaurant.

To Meal Plan, or Not to Meal Plan – That is the Question

Meat, eggs and cheese are a staple of a true American breakfast; many international hotels serve "American-style" breakfast as a meal plan option, which is often included in the price of the room. The hotels.com survey revealed that over 40 percent of U.S. travelers prefer the breakfast meal plan, while only seven percent are looking for an all-inclusive option. Thirty-six percent of travelers polled seek out local markets and restaurants instead of opting for a hotel's meal plan.

The Most Popular Cuisines, "Drum roll please…"

1.  Italian

54.3%

2.  American (tie)

35.3%

2.  Mexican (tie)

35.3%

3.  French

27.6%

4.  Chinese

25.9%

5.  Japanese

22.4%

6.  Greek

19.0%

7.  Spanish

13.8%

8.  Indian

12.9%

9.  Other

11.2%

10.  Lebanese

6.9%




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Dan Guarino – Ruder Finn for hotels.com

Phone: (212) 715-1535

Email: danguarino@ruderfinn.com


Taylor L. Cole, APR

hotels.com North America

Phone: (469) 335-8442



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