Sabre Virtually There Traveler, Airline Surveys Reveal Holiday/New Year Air Travel Plans
Seventy-Three Percent of Traveler Respondents Plan to Travel By Air During
Holidays; 84 Percent Will Travel By Air in First Quarter 2002
Seventy-Five Percent of Domestic Airlines and 69 Percent of International
Airlines Request That Carry-on Gifts Be Unwrapped
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Two surveys were conducted recently through the Sabre Virtually There travel resource (www.virtuallythere.com ) to determine traveler and airport holiday/new year trends and issues. The top findings indicated that 73 percent of responding travelers will travel by air during the upcoming holidays and 84 percent will travel by air in the first quarter of 2002. Airlines surveyed indicated that 75 percent of domestic and 69 percent of international airlines request carry-on gifts be unwrapped. Traveler Survey The traveler survey was sent via the November 13 monthly Virtually There traveler e-newsletter and results were based on a sample of 1,000 people worldwide. Travelers who completed the survey use the Virtually There personalized itinerary, travel information and special features to make and update travel plans. "Despite recent events and security issues travelers face at airports, those surveyed firmly expressed their plans to continue to travel by air this holiday season and into 2002," said Calvin Evanoff, senior vice president and general manager for Sabre Virtually There. "We gain access to the pulse of traveler behavior and plans through Virtually There since it is the largest single source of confirmed travelers." Other results from the survey: -- 64 percent of those surveyed have traveled by air since Sept. 11 -- 81 percent plan to travel for the holidays -- 73 percent are planning to travel by air between now and January 5, 2002 -- 59 percent are going to travel by car during the holidays -- 51 percent plan to travel during the holidays to visit friends and/or family, while 47 percent plan to travel on business -- 49 percent of those surveyed were most concerned about safety/security of air travel; however, 86 percent of the respondents said their concern was not high enough not to travel by air -- 68 percent of respondents arrived at the airport two hours prior to their flight since Sept. 11, but 51 percent found they actually needed one hour or less at the airport prior to the flight Holiday Packages Global Airlines Survey The Sabre business group supporting Virtually There commissioned a survey of 12 domestic airlines and 13 international airlines to gauge current rules and regulations for traveling with holiday gifts this year. The results will ensure travelers smoothly maneuver through long security lines. Domestic airlines results: -- 25 percent of airlines said that they would permit wrapped gifts to be carried on -- 50 percent of domestic airlines said that if a gift is checked-in, it could be wrapped -- 42 percent of domestic airlines said gifts should be unwrapped if checked-in -- 50 percent said that it was acceptable to use foil wrapping paper on gifts -- When asked what gifts would not be allowed as carry-on items, answers included manicure sets, nail-clippers, knives, razors or anything sharp International airlines results: -- 84 percent stated that they would permit wrapped gifts to be checked-in -- 31 percent said wrapped gifts will be permitted as part of carry-on luggage -- 54 percent said using foil wrapping paper will be permitted -- No gifts that are sharp will be permitted as carry-on items -- Most airlines prefer that gifts be checked-in About Sabre Virtually There Sabre(R) Virtually There(TM) (www.virtuallythere.com ), the largest Web site of confirmed travelers, is a personalized site that delivers real-time information about an individual's travel plans when they book their trip through a Sabre Connected(SM) travel agent, online booking site, or participating travel supplier. In addition to containing all components of a traveler's itinerary, the site provides real-time information on flights, gate assignments and weather, as well as destination information and special features for booking restaurants, specialty tours, attraction tickets, car rental and hotels. Virtually There averages about 4 million site visits per month and 225,000 hits per day. About Sabre Sabre is the leading provider of technology, distribution and marketing services for the travel industry. Headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the company has approximately 6,000 employees in 45 countries. Sabre maintains an ownership interest of approximately 70 percent in Travelocity.com (Nasdaq: TVLY), the world's leading online B2C travel site; and it owns GetThere, the world's leading provider of Web-based B2B travel reservation systems. Sabre is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: TSG). More information on Sabre is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.sabre.com . MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X29019938
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