Have Search, Will Travel from MediaPost has David Berkowitz looking at travel search, the topic of three separate panels at the recent TravelCom conference. Some nice Yahoo stats on 76 percent of travel purchases being preceded by search -- and it taking six searches before a purchase is made. Some debate among a panel of newer travel search engines on how much information is too much. And a hushed room as an Avis rep downplays the need for meta travel search much less the internet: "The brand would be better off if the Intenet didn't exist." But it does, of course -- so the brand better get smart to it. Other panelists pulling in traffic from search certainly seemed to be.
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