World Travel Monitor: US outbound travel to Europe up by + 5% in first 8 months of 2016

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
World Travel Monitor: US outbound travel to Europe up by + 5% in first 8 months of 2016ITB Berlin exclusively publishes latest results from the World Travel Monitor®: Strong dollar boosts US outbound travel

It has been a year of ups and downs for international travel in the Americas. In North America, the US outbound market is performing very well thanks to the strong dollar. But in South America, Brazilians have cut back on international travel this year amid the country’s economic and political crisis, although the picture could improve next year. Those were some of the results of the 24th World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, Italy (November 3-4).

North America / USA

So far this year, the USA has been one of the world’s best-performing outbound markets with a 7 percent increase in outbound trips in the first eight months of 2016, according to World Travel Monitor® figures, while the overall North America outbound market grew by 6 percent. The key factor is the strong US dollar, which has increased the purchasing power of US travellers. As a result, major destination regions around the world are all profiting, with a 7 percent increase in US outbound trips within the Americas, a 6 percent rise to Asia and a 5 percent increase to Europe, according to World Travel Monitor® figures.

Holidays, which account for about two out of three international trips by US residents, grew by 8 percent over the first eight months of 2016. This included an 11 percent rise in sun & beach holidays, 9 percent increase in touring holidays and 7 percent rise in countryside holidays, although the number of city trips was stagnant.

“Taking all these figures together, it’s clearly a bumper year so far for the US outbound travel market,” said Dr. Martin Buck, Messe Berlin’s Senior Vice President Travel & Logistics. “Americans are going on more foreign holidays and exploring new destinations around the world.” The outlook for North American outbound travel remains very positive, with IPK’s Travel Confidence Index pointing to further growth of 6 percent in 2017.

These trends are also reflected in international arrivals figures from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). International tourist arrivals in the Americas increased by 4 percent through September, consolidating the strong 6 percent growth registered in 2015, UNWTO figures showed. This is largely due to the strong US dollar, which is again encouraging more Americans to travel internationally this year.

South America (+7 percent) and Central America (+6 percent) led results between January and September 2016, followed by the Caribbean (+4 percent). In North America (+4 percent), Canada and Mexico in particular are benefiting from more US outbound travel but inbound travel to the USA has been held back by the strong dollar.

Commenting on the prospects for Destination USA following the election of Donald Trump as US president, Rolf Freitag, president and founder of IPK International, which produces the World Travel Monitor®, said: “It remains to be seen whether the election result will have any impact on international travel to the USA next year. In the past, the dollar exchange rate has been a more important factor influencing demand for travel to the USA than issues such as security or immigration policies.”

South America / Brazil

In South America, the economic and political crisis in Brazil has hit the travel industry heavily. Brazilian outbound travel crashed by 15 percent in the first eight months of 2016, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. There was a 16 percent slump in trips to destinations in the Americas, which Brazilians mostly visit on international trips, and a lower decline in intercontinental travel to Europe (-10 percent) and Asia (-5 percent). The overall number of foreign holidays plummeted by 20 percent, with a 23 percent fall in city trips and a 22 percent drop in touring holidays but a small 3 percent rise in sun & beach holidays.

However, the worst could be over. There are hopes of a small turnaround in 2017 with a 3 percent rise in outbound trips, based on IPK’s Travel Confidence Index, which might reflect an improving economic outlook for the country.

At the annual World Travel Monitor® Forum in Pisa, initiated at the invitation of consultancy IPK International and sponsored by ITB Berlin, around 50 tourism experts and academics from around the world present the latest figures and current trends in international tourism.

Alongside special evaluations from IPK International’s World Travel Monitor®, ITB Berlin will publish further key data from the World Travel Monitor® as part of the ‘ITB World Travel Trends Report 2016/17’ (Link to last year’s ITB World Travel Trends Report 2015/2016 here) in early December. The ‘ITB World Travel Trends Report’ is based on the latest results and presentations at the World Travel Monitor® Forum, which is an exclusive meeting where current trends in the travel industry are discussed and predictions for tourism developments are made. The annual results of the World Travel Monitor®, which is the largest worldwide study on global travel behaviour, will be presented by IPK International at the ITB Future Day at the ITB Berlin Convention.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention

ITB Berlin 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 to 12 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the show the ITB Berlin Convention, the largest event of its kind, will be held from Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 March 2017. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2016 over 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries exhibited their products and services to 180,000 visitors, who included 120,000 trade visitors.

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinations Greek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

 

Tornos
  1. 24/02 00:52

    Filmmaker Ami Horowitz beaten by Muslims in Swedish no-go zone (video)

  2. 24/02 00:49

    Latest German reference to 'Grexit' comes from far left Die Linke party

  3. 24/02 00:43

    Savvidis group nears 50% of Souroti soda water bottler shares

  4. 24/02 00:41

    Greek FinMin: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated

  5. 24/02 00:37

    Latest poll: 52% Germans want Grexit - 19% rise in one year

  6. 23/02 23:09

    Bank of Greece governor: Implement reforms immediately

  7. 23/02 23:06

    IMF chief Lagarde: Reforms first, debt relief later in Greece

  8. 23/02 23:02

    Future of Cyprus talks uncertain as UN's Eide works with leaders

  9. 23/02 22:58

    Greek Health Ministry in favour of medicinal cannabis

  10. 23/02 22:56

    Greek government offers favorable settlements for business debtors

  11. 23/02 22:49

    Astronomers discover 7 potentially habitable exoplanets close to nearby dwarf star

  12. 23/02 22:46

    Competition authorities in Greece examine deals in food sector

  13. 23/02 22:43

    US President Trump repeals transgender toilette imposed by Obama

  14. 23/02 21:46

    ND calls on Greek Fin Min to make official statement on Eurogroup

  15. 23/02 19:00

    Sklavenitis-Marinopoulos super-market merger in final stretch of implementation

  16. 23/02 17:35

    Greek PM attends ceremony handing over SNFCC to the state on Thursday

  17. 23/02 17:31

    Renowned Greek director Nikos Koundouros dies at age 91

  18. 23/02 17:12

    Chinese nationals lead “Greek Golden Visa” investment program

  19. 23/02 17:07

    Popular Greek actor Themis Manesis dies at the age of 72

  20. 23/02 16:59

    Football coach Fernando Santos speaks about his love for Greece

  21. 23/02 16:48

    Women burn veils celebrating liberation from ISIS (video)

  22. 23/02 16:45

    First-aid stumbling block for regional airport delivery to Fraport Greece

  23. 23/02 16:42

    Studies: Extreme exercise causes lower sex drive

  24. 23/02 16:40

    Creditors expected to return to Athens next week

  25. 23/02 15:35

    Even refugees flee some parts of Sweden to escape the violence

  26. 23/02 14:31

    Report: Investors' interest in Thessaloniki port privatization sinks

  27. 23/02 13:28

    Turkish survey vessel sailing between Greek islands raising tensions

  28. 23/02 12:25

    Germans’ demand for holidays in Greece peaks

  29. 23/02 11:21

    Trump vs. media: Who do people believe? (infographic)

  30. 22/02 17:27

    Two Athens metro stations close down over the weekend

  31. 22/02 17:23

    Merkel to meet with Lagarde and Juncker in Berlin over Greek issue

  32. 22/02 17:20

    Moscovici: 'Truly balanced' package of reforms and growth for Greece

  33. 22/02 17:17

    Angelina Jolie and family eat bugs in Cambodia (shocking video)

  34. 22/02 17:15

    Critical assist of Antetokounmpo to Greek tourism

  35. 22/02 17:12

    Greek President Pavlopoulos' visit to Saudi Arabia concluded

  36. 22/02 17:07

    Milo Yiannopoulos announces resignation from Breitbart News (video)

  37. 22/02 17:02

    “Dancing to Connect” educational program in Athens and Komotini in Greece

  38. 22/02 16:59

    Greek Environment and Energy Minister Stathakis to visit Baku on Thursday

  39. 22/02 16:57

    ESM CEO Regling: Greece will return to markets by middle of 2018

  40. 22/02 15:54

    Hellenic Petroleum to report record-high results for 2016

  41. 22/02 14:48

    Facebook news feed down while many people vent their anger on Twitter

  42. 22/02 13:45

    Only one refugee arrived in last five days on northern Aegean islands

  43. 22/02 12:41

    Greek Tourism Minister in Hijab on official visit for country's promotion

  44. 22/02 11:37

    Greek FM: Appropriate legal, political and diplomatic answer to any action of Turkey

  45. 22/02 10:30

    TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards: Five Greek beaches among top-20 in Europe

  46. 22/02 01:10

    Turkey to acquire Russian S-400 missile systems in the Aegean (video)

  47. 22/02 00:55

    National Geographic: 7 Luxury Travel Trends for 2017 emerge in ILTM Cannes

  48. 22/02 00:49

    Recycling of electrical appliances up in Greece during last 3 years

  49. 22/02 00:47

    IMF's Lipton: Progress achieved over Greek program

  50. 22/02 00:44

    Eurogroup chief: Monday agreement over Greek program to IMF's liking

  51. 22/02 00:41

    Report: Strategic defaulters sitting on €10 billion loans in Greece

  52. 22/02 00:38

    Greek public broadcaster ERT to hold work stoppages this week

  53. 22/02 00:36

    Greek shipowners and union still at odds over contract

  54. 22/02 00:34

    Βank οf Greece: Current account deficit up during December 2016

  55. 22/02 00:31

    Greek police clash with anti-fascist protestors at 1913 battle memorial

  56. 22/02 00:29

    UNICEF: 1.4 million children could die from famine during 2017

  57. 22/02 00:27

    ND: Return of creditors tied to new concessions and painful measures

  58. 22/02 00:25

    German Fin Min: Greece needs competitiveness and sustainable growth

  59. 22/02 00:22

    Turkish Prime Minister hand-in-hand with ultra-nationalist “Grey Wolves”

  60. 22/02 00:18

    Greece presents new Energy Exchange project for 2018

  61. 22/02 00:15

    Greek President: Saudi Arabia could play central role against terrorism

  62. 22/02 00:12

    Milo Yiannopoulos loses book deal for Amazon’s best seller “Dangerous”

  63. 22/02 00:02

    Trump vindicated by refugee riots and looting in Stockholm (videos)

  64. 21/02 23:31

    Greek Coast Guard rejects media reports that Turkish boat sailed to Imia

  65. 21/02 23:25

    Countdown for the largest Carnivals in Greek cities

  66. 21/02 23:18

    25 Greek companies take part in SAGIA forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  67. 21/02 23:16

    Marine Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf in Lebanon meeting with Grand Mufti

  68. 21/02 23:09

    Russia’s U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

  69. 21/02 23:06

    Athens Concert Hall - Megaron hosts first International Music Competition (video)

  70. 21/02 23:03

    Meteora Natural History and Mushroom Museum organises truffle hunting activities

  71. 21/02 23:00

    Hurriyet: Turkish Coast Guard boat went to Imia (video)

  72. 21/02 22:55

    Leader of the Hellas Everest 2004 mission climber Kostas Tzivelekas has died

  73. 21/02 22:38

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center welcomes the public to handover celebration on February 23

  74. 21/02 22:28

    Bank of Greece: Tourism revenue declines by 6.4% during 2016

  75. 21/02 22:17

    Greek government in damage control mode after Eurogroup deal

  76. 21/02 22:07

    Historic moment: Private rocket launched by SpaceX

  77. 21/02 22:02

    Documentary films take center stage in Thessaloniki 19th TDF Festival

  78. 21/02 21:57

    Photographer captures in Greenland largest glacier calving ever filmed

  79. 21/02 17:15

    Military tourism: United Arab Emirates armed forces live at IDEX 2017 (video)

  80. 21/02 17:02

    Greek-Irish comics artist Michael Dialynas’s dreams come true in New York

  81. 21/02 16:58

    NASA major press conference on ‘discovery beyond our solar system’

  82. 21/02 16:42

    Greek assistance to Balkan initiative in multiple myeloma treatment

  83. 21/02 16:37

    5 US citizens and Australian pilot dead in Melbourne plane crash (videos)

  84. 21/02 16:35

    Greek President Pavlopoulos meets with ministers in Saudi Arabia

  85. 21/02 16:32

    French nuclear agency: Mystery radioactive residue over Europe raises concern

  86. 21/02 15:55

    Bids for Larnaca port development in Cyprus due on March 3

  87. 21/02 14:13

    Athens metro and tram workers announce 24-hour strikes on February 23 and March 1 and 3

  88. 21/02 13:45

    Greek legends inspire new novels, short stories and even a TV drama

  89. 21/02 12:40

    Digital Humanities Awards: ToposText app nominated for 'Best use' category

  90. 21/02 11:31

    Greece 6th in Russian travelers’ online searches with 116.4% rise from last year

  91. 20/02 23:02

    Research: Big data analytics help hotels in "amenity wars" to gain customers' loyalty

  92. 20/02 20:48

    Greek President to pay two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia

  93. 20/02 20:44

    EC to probe Greek rail company's debts threatening privatization

  94. 20/02 20:42

    Eurogroup decides return of bailout monitors to Greece

  95. 20/02 20:32

    New wave of bad weather to hit Greece

  96. 20/02 20:30

    PM briefed on plight of children in Ukraine's Greek villages

  97. 20/02 20:27

    Greek Defense Minister: Need for NATO-EU cooperation on terror issues

  98. 20/02 20:20

    Giannis Antetokounmpo: I want to make Greeks proud (video)

  99. 20/02 20:17

    Greek Energy Minister on lignite and hydroelectric generation auctions

  100. 20/02 20:13

    Shocking footage of Brazilian carnival queen shot dead in car (video)