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Smartphones Dominate Global Mobile Travel Bookings

Mobile is changing travel bookings globally. And smartphones dominated several subcategories in mobile bookings. According to a report by Criteo, smartphones dominated hotel and airline bookings globally while package bookings were largely done by Tablets.

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Criteo report, that analyzed mobile bookings made via online travel retailers (OTAs) in Q1 2016, said mobile airline bookings were almost split between smartphones. 53% of airline bookings were done via smartphones and tablets won 47% share. In hotel bookings, though, 81% of the reservations were made via smartphones. However, the majority of mobile users (60%) used tablets for booking packages.

According to research, 27% of travel bookings worldwide were done via mobile in Q1 2016. And apps dominated mobile bookings with 57% of mobile bookings done via apps during the same period, up from 40% in Q3 2015.


It is critical for vendors and advertisers to understand the implications of this mobile bookings surge. Taking a mobile-first approach with a cross-device usability should bring great result for vendors.

Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at [email protected]

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