Visitation to Travel Sites in India Surges 50 Percent in Past Year

Top Travel Brands Witness Double and Triple-Digit Growth as Consumers Take to the Web in Search of Deals

Mumbai, India, June 2, 2010 – Comscore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a report on the top Travel sites in India as measured by the Comscore Media Metrix service. The report found that traffic to the Travel category grew to more than 14 million visitors in April, an increase of 50 percent from the previous year, as a growing number of Indians turned to the convenience of the Web in search of travel deals and accommodations.

“Travel sites now attract more than one-third of India’s total Internet population, as more consumers are turning to the Web to fulfill their travel planning and booking needs,” said Will Hodgman, Comscore executive vice president for the Asia-Pacific region. “In the current economic climate, consumers are being more cost-conscious when making travel arrangements. With half of all visitors to the category frequenting two or more travel sites during the month, it’s clear that consumers are taking the time to diligently compare prices prior to completing their transactions. In this competitive environment, online travel agents and suppliers face the challenge of building and maintaining consumer loyalty.”

Travel Sites Reach 37 Percent of Online Population in India

Approximately 14 million people age 15 and older visited Travel sites in India from a home or work location in April, representing 37 percent of the total online population and an increase of 50 percent from the previous year. With rail transit one of the most prevalent means of traveling through the country, Indian Railways ranked as the most-visited Travel site with 7.7 million visitors, up 46 percent versus year ago. Travel-booking site MakeMyTrip ranked second with 2.4 million visitors (up 39 percent) followed by Yatra Online with 1.9 million visitors (up 60 percent). Several sites experienced triple-digit growth including Travelocity (up 134 percent to 812,000 visitors), (up 340 percent to 647,000 visitors) and (up 160 percent to 464,000 visitors).

Most Visited Travel Sites by Unique Visitors
April 2010 vs. April 2009
Total India Age 15+ - Home/Work Location*
Source: Comscore Media Metrix
  Total Unique Visitors (000)
Apr-2009 Apr-2010 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 33,753 38,399 14
Travel 9,398 14,062 50
Indian Railways 5,303 7,749 46
MakeMyTrip 1,710 2,377 39
Yatra Online 1,211 1,933 60
Expedia Inc 962 1,640 70 689 1,194 73
TravelAdNetwork 569 872 53
Travelocity 347 812 134 147 647 340
Jet Airways 468 585 25 178 464 160

*Excludes visitation from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

Internet Users in India Display Strong Engagement on Travel Sites

Internet users averaged 38.4 minutes per visitor on Travel sites during April and consumed 58 pages of content while visiting the category an average of 4 times throughout the month. India ranked second among all countries, behind only the United Kingdom, in terms of the average time spent per visitor in the category.

“Indians are clearly very careful and deliberate online shoppers when it comes to planning their travel,” added Mr. Hodgman. “While this is an admirable trait among consumers, it demonstrates the importance of travel sites offering a very user-friendly service that is competitive on price. This will be the way to engender long term loyalty among this new wave of online travel bookers in the Indian market.”

Visitors displayed especially strong engagement with top rail sites including Indian Railways, where visitors averaged 33 minutes, consumed 50 pages and visited nearly 4 times during the month, (34 minutes, 66 pages, 2 visits) and (28 minutes, 38 pages and nearly 4 visits).

Engagement at Most Visited Travel Sites by Unique Visitors
April 2010
Total India Age 15+ - Home/Work Location*
Source: Comscore Media Metrix
  Average Minutes per Visitor Average Pages per Visitor Average Visits per Visitor
Total Internet : Total Audience 736.7 1,132 29.7
Travel Category 38.4 58 4.4
Indian Railways 33.1 50 3.8
MakeMyTrip 13.4 20 2.1
Yatra Online 9.3 13 1.9
Expedia Inc 4.2 7 1.6 10.8 17 2.0
TravelAdNetwork 6.5 12 1.7
Travelocity 5.0 9 1.6 34.2 66 2.0
Jet Airways 13.8 19 2.0 27.5 38 3.7

*Excludes visitation from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

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