New WTTC and Trip.com Group Report Reveals Latest Consumer Trends and Changing Traveler Behaviors

  • International spending is expected to increase 94% in 2022

  • Travelers are heading to secondary destinations and book “the great outdoors” in 2021

  • Eight out of 10 travelers will choose sustainable travel

LONDON, 25 November 2021 / CNW / – The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Trip.com Group today launched “Trending in Travel,” a new report that shows the latest trends in traveler behavior and future booking models in the wake of COVID-19.

New Trending in Travel Report from WTTC and Trip.com Group Reveals Latest Consumer Trends and Changing Traveler Behaviors

WTTC, representing the private travel and tourism sector, has partnered with the world’s leading provider of travel services, Trip.com Group, and its leading consumer brands Trip.com, Ctrip and Skyscanner, to analyze trends in consumption that are shaping the recovery of the travel and tourism sector.

The latest WTTC projections show strong growth in international spending for 2022 and beyond, projecting to overtake domestic spending in 2022, as more destinations ease restrictions and vaccination rates continue to rise.

After declining 69.4% (2020), global international travel spending is expected to increase 9.3% in 2021 and significantly 93.8% in 2022.

Trending in Travel report shares latest WTTC projections on domestic and international travel spending

Trending in Travel report shares latest WTTC projections on domestic and international travel spending

The inaugural report also reveals how severe and confusing global travel restrictions have resulted in a significant increase in domestic tourism, with domestic hotel bookings increasing over 200% on the Trip.com platform this past. year compared to 2019.

Since the start of the pandemic, mobility restrictions have hampered international travel, and while domestic travel will give the industry a much-needed boost, the WTTC says the return of international travel is key to reviving the global economy. .

The report focuses on booking trends, consumer considerations and consumer profiles. It also presents examples of markets whose resilience has provided a platform for the recovery of the travel and tourism sector.

Report Shows How COVID-19 Has Changed The Way People Travel; young travelers are the first to return to travel; increased demand for longer stays; the importance of free cancellations and the demand for high levels of health and safety controls.

To avoid travel restrictions, travelers seek secondary destinations, away from traditional vacation spots, as the destination of choice. This preference has a positive impact on local communities and livelihoods. According to Trip.com hotel reservation data, Abu Dhabi (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) Chiang Mai (Thailand), Doha (Qatar), Florence (Italy), and Frankfurt (Germany) were the most popular secondary destinations in their respective countries in 2021.

Travel Trends Report Presents Trip.com Group Data on Rising Destinations, Showing Changing Traveler Preferences and Booking Patterns

Travel Trends Report Presents Trip.com Group Data on Rising Destinations, Showing Changing Traveler Preferences and Booking Patterns

The report then shows that, according to Ctrip data, reservations for “large spaces” will predominate in the short and medium term. In China – one of the largest travel markets in the world – bookings for nature-related attractions increased 265% in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year.

The travel break has also increased consumers’ eagerness to travel more sustainably, with more than eight in 10 travelers (83%) globally saying they would make sustainable travel a priority going forward.

Reinforcing this long-term trend, since its launch in 2019, the report shows that 68 million travelers have chosen to book a flight labeled “Greener Choice” on Skyscanner, a relatively less carbon-efficient flight choice.

According to the report, 70% of travelers in many large countries like the United States, Spain, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan plan to spend more on travel in 2022 than in the past five years, including 2019 – one of the best years on record for travel and tourism.

Julia simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “It’s clear that people are really looking forward to traveling again. Consumers are curious, looking for new destinations, “the great outdoors” and trips that benefit the places and people they visit. As travel and tourism accounts for over 10% of global GDP, this is good news for jobs and the economy.

“The impact in some countries has been devastating for local communities and this report shows that business is back on track.”

Jane sun, CEO of Trip.com Group, said: “Travelers around the world have shown their eagerness to travel, whether they are limited to domestic travel or able to cross borders, we are seeing a tremendous amount of pent-up demand being regularly released.

“To better evolve with the recovery, we need to understand travelers and, as an industry, adapt to emerging trends.”

The latest research from the WTTC shows that the global recovery of the travel and tourism sector is accelerating, with the sector’s contribution to global GDP expected to increase by 30.7% in 2021 and 31.7% in 2022.

For more information on the Travel Trends: Emerging Consumer Trends in Travel and Tourism in 2021 and Beyond report, download the full report here.

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About the Trip.com group

Trip.com Group is one of the world’s leading providers of travel services including Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner and Qunar. On its platforms, Trip.com Group helps travelers around the world make informed and profitable bookings for travel products and services, and enables partners to connect their offers to users through the aggregation of comprehensive content and resources. travel related, and a transaction platform comprised of apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centers. Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003 and HKEX in 2021, Trip.com Group has grown into one of the world’s best-known travel groups, with a mission “to pursue the perfect trip for a better world.” For more information.

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About the WTTC

The World Travel and Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of travel and tourism. The WTTC promotes sustainable growth for the travel and tourism sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, boost exports and generate prosperity. Members of the Board are the Presidents, Presidents and CEOs of the world’s leading private sector travel and tourism companies.

For more information, please visit: WTTC.org

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