Asia to shape next decade growth for global travel industry

Apr 18 2014, 22:05 IST
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SummaryThe global travel industry is poised for a period of sustained growth over the next decade.

The global travel industry is poised for a period of sustained growth over the next decade, driven in part by China’s share of global outbound travel reaching as much as 20 per cent by 2023, a new report on global travel trends reveals.

Shaping the Future of Travel: Macro trends driving industry growth over the next decade, predicts an optimistic macro-economic outlook for global travel over the next 10 years, with the industry projected to outstrip global GDP by some two per cent; growing 5.4 per cent per annum. Global travel is now set to grow at a significantly faster rate than during the financial crisis, where growth was just 4.1 per cent per annum.

At the same time, China’s growth in outbound travel, which as 2005 stood at just one per cent, will enable it to overtake the US to become the world’s largest outbound travel market this year, with the number of Chinese households able to afford overseas travel set to more than double in the next 10 years. China will also become the biggest domestic travel market by 2017, driven largely by rapidly increasing GDP, rising employment levels and higher consumer spending.

The report indicates that growth will not be exclusive to China, with forecasts showing that other large emerging markets such as Russia, Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey will also average more than five per cent annual growth over the next 10 years. This will be driven largely by rising wealth and changing consumer habits.

Written by Oxford Economics, the study draws on detailed macro-economic modeling as well as qualitative interviews with industry experts, to forecast a wide range of future trends, including pockets of growth and opportunity that will shape the next decade of travel.

Holger Taubmann, SVP distribution, Amadeus, said, “Forecasts predict a new golden era for travel, which will be welcome news for many segments of the industry that are just beginning to emerge from recession. However, as the complexities in the business travel market clearly demonstrate, growth will be far from evenly distributed and there are likely to be both winners and losers.”

Asia Pacific will be the fastest growing region over the next decade, with visitor flows for Asia forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 15.1 per cent, nearly double the prior ten-year period (2002 – 2012). Asia Pacific will also overtake Europe to dominate global outbound travel spend by 2023, with travel spend

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