Majority admit bargain hunting is trendy dinner party talk;
won't book a vacation unless they get a deal
Travelzoo Canada survey reports 72% of Canadians say getting a great
deal makes them feel proud and triumphant; 1 in 3 Canadians will
bargain for a discount
TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Tougher economic times have made it trendy to do
more with less in almost every purchasing category, from retail outlets and
check-out lines to car dealers and travel agents. According to the results of
a third-party, Canada-wide survey released today by <a href="http://ca.travelzoo.com/">Travelzoo Canada</a>, part of
global Internet media company Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO), the vast majority of
Canadians (83%) say they always look for sales and rarely pay full price. When
it comes to shopping for big ticket items, 32% bargain with the store manager
or salesperson for a discount. If the deal is good enough, 62% will make it a
topic of conversation with family and friends - and maybe even brag about it
at a dinner party.
The Travelzoo Canada survey found that Canadians feel the economic
slowdown has also made them more cost-conscious with their vacation planning.
More than half (55%) say they won't book a vacation unless they get some sort
of deal on the transportation, accommodation or food. Ontarians are above the
national average, with 64% saying they won't book a vacation without some sort
With more than one million online subscribers to its weekly Top 20(R)
travel deals newsletter, Travelzoo Canada finds, researches, verifies and
publishes outstanding travel deals. Travelzoo Canada also leverages
Travelzoo's worldwide network of travel deal experts to get the best content
from local sources.
"Although saving money never really goes out of style, according to our
survey results, Canadians seem to be embracing bargain hunting with a renewed
sense of excitement, even pride. We have seen a 43% increase, equal to 300,000
new subscribers, to our Top 20 travel deals newsletter in the past 12 months
alone," said Mandy Gresh, country manager, Travelzoo Canada. "Recently a
British Columbia resort put together an outstanding deal with exceptional
value and booked over 650 room nights in just seven days. This proves that
consumers are still spending and will book travel very quickly, even in these
tough economic times, but they need to be incented by value."
Three out of four Canadians (75%) say they spend time online looking for
travel deals before booking a vacation, especially those with children (81%).
The majority of Canadians book their vacations more than a month in advance
(51%), or in off or shoulder seasons (41%) to get the best deals. Some look
for places that are not yet top tourist destinations (17%), while still others
stick with the last-minute approach (10%) to get a deal. Only 12% say they
will take a vacation at any time, and don't worry about getting a deal.
The Way It Makes Me Feel
Nearly three-quarters of Canadians (72%) say that getting a great deal
makes them feel proud and triumphant. Almost half (48%) also say that getting
a great deal is better than finding money in their pocket, with another 40%
reporting that getting a bargain is better than getting out of a speeding
ticket. Despite a tougher economy, 14% of Canadians said that if they really
love something they will buy it right away, even at full price.
About the Survey
The survey was conducted between August 10 and August 12, 2009 using a
national random sample of 1,534 respondents from Leger Marketing's Web Panel.
This method simulates a probability sample which would yield a maximum margin
of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
Travelzoo is a global Internet media company. Travelzoo's media
properties, which reach more than 17 million travel enthusiasts in the U.S.,
Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain, Taiwan,
and the U.K., include the Travelzoo(R) website (www.travelzoo.com), the Top
20(R) list, the Newsflash(TM) e-mail alert service, the Travelzoo Network(TM),
the SuperSearch(TM) search tool, and the Fly.com(TM) search engine. Travelzoo
publishes offers from more than 1,000 advertisers from around the world.
Travelzoo's deal experts review offers to find the best travel deals and
confirm their true value. Travelzoo's global headquarters is in New York City.
About Travelzoo Canada
Travelzoo has operated in Canada since 2006. Travelzoo Canada's media
properties, which reach more than one million travel enthusiasts, include the
Travelzoo Top 20(R) email newsletter, the Newsflash(TM) email alert service,
and the Travelzoo(R) website (http://www.travelzoo.ca). Travelzoo Canada is
headquartered in Toronto.
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