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As travel planning shifts to mobile, consumers expect to find relevant information faster than ever before. Today, having a fast, easy-to-use mobile experience is critical. And the marketers who provide the best travel websites and apps are more likely to drive bookings and create long-term value.

Consumers rely on mobile devices for more travel-related information than ever before. Recent Google data has shown that there are already more searches on mobile than desktop for select travel categories, such as family vacations and luxury travel.1 And when it comes to planning vacation activities, mobile devices are giving travelers increased flexibility. Many travelers are willing to plan activities on the fly, while they are at their destination.2

As travelers turn to mobile more, there are three realities brands should consider:

Travelers are researching and converting on mobile

Many marketers assume that travelers only research and book on mobile when they have an explicit need. In fact, 31% of consumers who used mobile for travel-related activities in the past month looked for travel information on a daily basis.3 The most common mobile travel activity is looking for discounts or offers. And when they find what they’re looking for, these consumers are willing to convert on mobile—in the 90 days prior to being surveyed, they spent an average of $299.50.4

Consumers using mobile for travel

On mobile, immediacy trumps loyalty

Over 90% of travelers using mobile devices will switch to another site or app if their needs are not being met.5 And 79% of mobile travelers say that when researching on their smartphones, they are looking for the most relevant information available, regardless of where it comes from.6

Consumers want faster experiences

Fifty-three percent of mobile visits are abandoned if a site takes longer than three seconds to load.7 Travel brands’ mobile pages, on average, take 10.1 seconds to load. The travel category as a whole is also lagging industry benchmarks for mobile page weight.

Speed: Average Speed Index

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Travelers are exploring, researching, and making travel-related purchases on mobile devices. And they have come to expect a fast, frictionless, helpful experience. The brands that can deliver that experience will win.