2024 Ushers in a New Era of Growth for Air Travel in the Americas

By Ivan PetrenkoJan 24, 2024 23:04 PMNews
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The start of 2024 has brought with it a remarkable boost in air travel within the Americas, as detailed in a comprehensive report by Amadeus, released in partnership with UN Tourism. The "Travel Insights 2024: Focus on the Americas" report highlights a notable increase in air capacity, reaching over 100% of the volumes seen in 2023. This trend signifies a strong and positive beginning for the year in the travel and hospitality sectors across the region.

The report, drawing upon Amadeus' extensive global travel data, provides a comprehensive outlook, highlighting the Americas' readiness for a strong kickoff in 2024. It reveals an impressive 20% increase in air capacity in the region for the first four months, compared to the same period in 2023. This data is instrumental in helping destinations and travel providers understand travel patterns and emerging trends, fostering strategies to boost tourism and drive economic growth.

A key highlight of the report is the dominance of North America in the travel landscape. As of January 8, 2024, Amadeus Search and Booking Analytics underscore North America as the epicenter of travel activities. Cities like New York, Cancun, and Los Angeles lead as the top-searched destinations, reflecting their enduring appeal to travelers.

The hotel sector mirrors this positive trend. Amadeus’ Demand360+ data shows that hotel demand remains robust in North America, with forward-looking occupancy for the first four months of 2024 aligning with the same period in 2023. This trend persists despite a shift towards shorter booking lead times, with over half of the hotel bookings being made within a week of travel.

In terms of outbound markets, Argentina emerges as a significant player. Searches from Argentina to the US have more than doubled, marking a 159% increase in year-over-year search volumes. This surge underscores Argentina's growing prominence in the US travel market. Additionally, the USA is observed as the top country of origin for travels to South and Central America, as well as to the Caribbean, with notable search volumes originating from major cities such as New York, LA, and Toronto.

The report also sheds light on hotel occupancy trends. Although aligned with 2023, the Caribbean stands out with a leading performance in hotel occupancy for the early months of 2024. This is particularly noteworthy in light of the shorter booking lead times, providing hoteliers with unique opportunities to adapt and capture more bookings closer to arrival dates.

The competitiveness of our sector increasingly depends on the availability and analysis of market data. At UN Tourism, we are committed to strengthening the ability of our members to access relevant market intelligence by creating tools that allow them to better plan and manage tourism development. That is why we are pleased that this report has been delivered together with Amadeus, one of our key Affiliate Members in the region, and we trust that this initiative can be replicated in other regions.
Zurab Pololikashvili, UN Tourism Secretary-General

In conclusion, "Travel Insights 2024: Focus on the Americas" serves as a beacon of optimism for the travel and hospitality sectors in the Americas. The early months of 2024 are set to witness a surge in travel activities, driven by robust air capacity and strong hotel demand, particularly in North America. This report not only underscores the resilience of the travel industry but also points towards strategic opportunities for growth and innovation in the ever-evolving landscape of global travel.

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