The online travel agency announced that it has signed on as the official online travel partner of Major League Baseball (MLB), making it easier for Americans to plan and book baseball-inspired trips around the United States.
The leading digital travel marketplace said the goal of establishing this strategic partnership is to simplify the way American travelers plan their trips by focusing on America’s national pastime. As part and parcel of the long-term agreement, Booking.com is now a sponsor of the American and National League series.
In a recent survey, OTA found that nearly half (49 percent) of American baseball fans are planning a trip to attend at least one MLB game this year, with a staggering 61 percent of participants indicating they are willing to travel. To do this up to 500 miles away.
A Booking.com survey also found that, given the choice, a majority (81 percent) of respondents would rather travel to see their favorite MLB team play in the World Series than win a free vacation trip to their rival’s home state.
As it turns out, the three most important factors that Americans consider a trip to attend an MLB game are the cost of the trip (63 percent), with 48 percent saying the maximum cost would be $400. their resting place in relation to the stadium (49 percent); and transportation to and from the property (21 percent).
Booking.com has confirmed its commitment to helping game fans make the most of their baseball-centered trip, offering a wide variety of lodging options, from townhomes and rentals in various MLB cities to ballpark-adjacent hotel properties with unparalleled service. Arriving at the stadium, come game day.
MLB already offers multiple platforms for fans to connect with their favorite sports, from the official MLB app to MLB.com and MLB.tv. Aligning itself with the league’s approach to supporting baseball fandom, Booking.com plans to integrate OTA travel planning capabilities with these MLB platforms to simplify the process of travel to games.
Recently, the Booking.com icon will appear on the clubs’ digital schedule pages, which will direct users to find and book accommodations near major league stadiums across the U.S. The platform also offers advanced filters to help users find appropriate transportation options, on-site parking availability and more.
With the baseball season in full swing, sports fans can head to Booking.com to search for accommodations in MLB cities, and take advantage of the site’s Gateway deals to save at least 15 percent on hotel and rental rates between April 4 and September 28. 2023.
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