In response to the overwhelming desire for up-to-date social media and tourism statistics, here are some new numbers for 2012. (UPDATE: We have now updated this post to include new and additional statistics from 2013. These are indicated in blue text. Note that in most cases we have not completely replaced the 2012 statistics, but added new metrics we felt were relevant to the information.)
In response to the overwhelming desire for up-to-date social media and tourism statistics, here are some new numbers for 2012. (Please note: Stikky Media did not create these statistics. For a list of primary sources, see below).
The world is expected to witness 1 billion arrivals by the end of 2012, according to the World Travel Market. And as a result, the relationship between travel and technology is closer than ever, with businesses continuing to turn to social media to promote their services and reach customers in a more intimate and personal way.
By 2015, 9 out of 10 consumers will have a mobile subscription.
29% of travelers have used mobile apps to find flight deals
30% have used mobile apps to find hotel deals
15% have downloaded mobile apps specific to upcoming vacations
85% of leisure travelers use their smartphone while abroad
72% post vacation photos on a social network while still on vacation
46% check in to a location (eg Facebook and FourSquare) while on vacation
70% update their Facebook status while on vacation
61% of US travelers report using social media while on vacation
85% of travelers use smartphones while on vacation, and 46% use tablets
The most popular use of smartphones while traveling is for finding restaurants (36% for smartphones, 21% for tablets) and accessing social media (32% for smartphones, 19% on tablets)
In 2012, 57% of business travelers used a mobile device to book travel
More than 40% of online traffic related to travel comes from mobile devices
44% of travelers use their phones to research travel while they’re actually traveling
Top five uses of smartphones while traveling:
Use map features
Search activities and attractions
Check in prior to flight
92% of consumers around the world say they trust earned media, such as word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends and family, above all other forms of advertising
an increase of 18% since 2007
70% of global consumers say online consumer reviews are the second most trusted form of advertising
an increase of 15 percent in four years
Only 47% of consumers around the world say they trust paid television, magazine and newspaper ads
confidence has declined by 24%, 20% and 25% respectively since 2009
Despite these numbers, the majority of ad dollars are still spent on traditional or paid media.
Results of the Nielsen 2013 survey:
84% of consumers trust word-of-mouth recommendations, or earned media, above all other forms of advertising.
69% trust owned advertising, in the form of content of branded websites—up 9 percentage points from 2007
68% trust consumer opinions posted online
Traditional ads still strong: 62% trust TV ads, and 60% trust magazines. Only newspaper ads showed a decline, from 63 to 61%.
Increased trust in online and mobile ads:
56% of respondents trust consumer-oriented email messages
48% trust ads in search engine results, online videos, or on social networks
42% trust banner ads, up from 26% in 2007
45% trust display ads on mobile devices
word-of-mouth formats—earned media and consumer reviews online—prompt the highest levels of consumer action—84% of people will take action thanks to the former and 70% to the latter.
Roughly 2/3rds of respondents take action some of the time based on ads in traditional media, and half are willing to engage based on social network and mobile display ads.
Post-vacation, 46% of travelers post hotel reviews.
40% post activity/attraction reviews
40% post restaurant reviews
76% post vacation photos to a social network
55% “liked” Facebook pages specific to a vacation
Social media has a huge influence on travel bookings. Of those who used social media to research travel plans, only 48% stuck with their original travel plans.
33% changed their hotel
10% switched resorts
10% changed agent/operator/website
7% holidayed in a different country
5% switched airlines
69 million monthly visitors
More than 60 million travel reviews and opinions from travelers around the world
More than 90 percent of topics posted in the TripAdvisor forums are replied to within 24 hours
82 million people have downloaded a TripAdvisor app
2800 new topics are posted every day to the TripAdvisor forums
More than 150 million reviews from over 60 million members worldwide
900 million monthly users at the end of March 2012
488 million monthly active mobile users
Approximately 80% of monthly active users are outside the US and Canada
More than 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day
An average of 3.2 billion Likes and Comments generated by Facebook users per day
More than 42 million Pages with ten or more Likes
Facebook is available in more than 70 languages
1.23 billion monthly active users as of December 2013
945 million monthly users of Facebook mobile products
Approximately 81% of daily active users are outside the US and Canada
Photo uploads total 300 million per day
Twitter search is one of the most heavily-trafficked search engines in the world, serving over one billion queries per day