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Actionable insights are the foundation for everything we do. Our proprietary research exclusively within the travel industry reveals the habits and preferences of travelers and their influencers. This ensures your marketing strategies connect with consumers.

We are the acknowledged global leader for behavioral insights in every aspect of the travel industry. This includes both consumers and third-party intermediaries such as travel agents and meeting planners. Our staff of research analysts design and implement primary research to reveal valuable proprietary insights that enhance the effectiveness of your integrated marketing efforts. These insights inform the development of your strategy and message.

Among the syndicated studies we author are:

MMGY Global 2015 Portrait of American Travelers®
MMGY Global

MMGY Global 2015 Portrait of American Travelers®


Now in its 25th year, the MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers® is the most insightful and actionable survey of the emerging vacation habits, preferences & intentions of Americans.  The study includes more than 400 variables, with the data provided on every variable for all travelers, by generation and by income group. Additionally, to provide additional insights into market trends over time, data for overall, Millennial and Affluent travelers are presented through a three-year window, empowering the reader with the ability to forecast and put the data to immediate use.

MMGY Global



The only forward-viewing national survey of future leisure travel intentions of Americans. Conducted every 90 days. 

travelhorizons™ - 4 Quarters
MMGY Global

travelhorizons™ - 4 Quarters


The only forward-viewing national survey of future leisure travel intentions of Americans. Conducted every 90 days. 

Purchase all four quarters of the report at a discounted price. Buy 3 get 1 free.


For more information about these research programs, to order a report, or commission a custom study relevant to your specific destination or business, please contact us at

Our research extends well beyond our syndicated reports. We also prepare detailed target market profiles for use by travel marketers. By isolating groups of travelers based on such variables as destination preferences, brand choice, demographics, media habits, and planning and booking behavior, we prepare rich audience profiles. These insights guide critical marketing decisions such as channel mix, promotional strategies and product development. 

Partial Client List

  • Ashonorte/Puerta Plata
  • American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
  • Choice Hotels International
  • Connecticut Office of Tourism
  • Delaware North Companies
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Macau Government Tourist Office
  • Napa Valley Destination Council
  • Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board
  • National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds
  • Orbitz
  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Terranea Resort
  • The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The Leading Hotels of the World
  • Travel Channel
  • Vail Resorts

Our experienced analysts complete exhaustive studies in numerous travel categories. These include lodging, destinations, transportation, gaming, restaurants, spas, cruise lines, car rentals, airlines, and attractions. We also study related product categories such as resort real estate, vacation ownership, meetings and conventions, tour and travel trade, and all-inclusive resorts.


  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Macro-Environmental Scanning
  • Secondary Marketing Research
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Group Think Tanks
  • Traditional and Online Focus Groups
  • Online, Telephone and Intercept Surveys
  • Conjoint Analysis
  • Perceptual Mapping, Positioning Analysis
  • Brand Identity Resonance Testing

ORLANDO, Fla. – The travel intentions of U.S. adults remain strong, according to the latest national travelhorizons™ survey of 2,300 adults conducted by marketing services firm MMGY Global. Six out of ten adults (61 percent) surveyed in July 2015 plan to take at least one overnight leisure trip during the next six months, unchanged from the robust level recorded during the comparable period in 2014.  Travel intentions have been rising since the end of 2013.

The survey also revealed that satisfaction with cruising has reached an all-time high despite recent negative publicity about safety and hygiene-related issues.

Perceived Affordability of Travel Improves

The overall Traveler Sentiment IndexTM (TSI), a measure that derives from U.S. adults’ interest in travel, time for travel, personal finances available for travel, affordability of travel, quality of service, and safety of travel, now stands at 111, up three points from the same time one year ago (108), and just six points below the record 117 reported in February 2015.

Reflecting consumers’ more positive outlook on their personal financial situation today versus one year ago, the perceived affordability of travel (169) displayed the largest increase from the same period in 2014 – up 38 points – while personal finances available for travel (115) and interest in travel (106) also increased. Time available for travel (106), quality of service (114) and the perceived safety of travel (95) remained relatively unchanged from one year ago.

Intentions To Travel Alone On The Rise

Among respondents who indicated they will take at least one overnight leisure trip during the next six months, fully one out of four (25 percent) intend to take at least one vacation by themselves, up from 23 percent in 2014. This intention is particularly pronounced among Millennials: fully thirty-seven (37) percent intend to take at least one overnight leisure trip alone, up significantly from the levels recorded in both July 2014 (32 percent) and July 2013 (29 percent). By comparison, only 17 percent of Gen Xers, 19 percent of Boomers and 18 percent of Matures plan to take at least one leisure trip alone during the next six months. While all solo travelers (regardless of age) say their reason for doing so is ‘they are free to set their own itinerary,’ Millennials are significantly more likely than Boomers and Matures to travel alone for ‘the adventure’ (38 percent) and ‘to learn about themselves’ (26 percent).

Most travelers (56 percent) who intend to travel alone plan to do so in the U.S., while two in ten (18 percent) plan to visit an international destination.

Cruise Satisfaction at All-Time High

The Traveler Satisfaction Index™ tracks changes in customer satisfaction among four categories of travel service providers: airlines, lodging companies, rental car companies and cruise lines. Compared to one year ago, satisfaction with all travel service providers has improved significantly, continuing a trend that first became evident in the spring of 2013. Given the 14-point increase observed during this most recent wave, satisfaction with cruising (146) is now at the highest level recorded since the commencement of the travelhorizonsTM survey in 2007. Satisfaction with airlines (114) is up eight points, and satisfaction with lodging (126) and rental car companies (124) both increased six points. 

Business Travelers Plan to Travel More

Twenty-eight (28) percent of  U.S. adults expect to take at least one overnight business trip during the next six months, the same percentage observed during the comparable period one year ago; however, those who plan to travel for business expect to take significantly more trips: an average of 3.4, well above the 2.7 reported during Wave III 2014.

More detailed analyses of these findings will be available in the forthcoming Wave III 2015, travelhorizonsTM report.

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