Published on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Thomas Cook outperformed rival Thomson on search engine Google in November, during which there were 2.9 million searches for holidays online.
Thomascook.com reached 63% of these users in natural search, ranking highest for 85 keywords, including "late deal holidays". Thomson.co.uk reached 58%.
However, the latest Greenlight Sector Report shows that Travelsupermarket.com outperformed both holiday giants, reaching 64% of the market and ranking highest for 70 keywords, including "cheap all inclusive holidays".
The most searched for term was "holidays", which was used 550,000 times on Google in November. The next was "cheap holidays" - 450,000 times - and "last minute holidays" - 246,000 times.
Other popular terms were "direct holidays" and "all inclusive holidays".
Only 33,100 used the term "package holidays" in November when looking for deals on Google. The same number - just 1% of the market - typed in "ski holidays".
For generic holiday keywords, including "cheap holidays" Thomas Cook came out top, reaching 71% of users. Thomson came fourth with 62% and First Choice fifth with 59%.
For searches for long-haul destinations, of which there were 592,000 in November, Travelsupermarket.com came out top, reaching 53% of the audience, Kuoni came second with a 46% share and Virgin Holidays was third with 45%.
The most popular destinations were New York, Dubai and Egypt, closely followed by Las Vegas, Thailand, Cuba and Mexico.
There were 415,000 searches for short-haul destinations, the most popular being Turkey, followed by Cyprus and then Malta. Lanzarote and Mediterranean destinations attracted only half as many as Malta.
Thomascook.com came out top for short-haul destinations, reaching 71% of the audience, followed by Thomson.co.uk with 70%.
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.