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Tour Operators

Consumer Preference for Experiential Gifts Peaks – Survey

5 months ago

A new survey by tours and activities online marketplace GetYourGuide showed American consumers want gifts that allow them to travel and experience the world more. 

92% of participants said they prefer receiving experiences over physical gifts, up from 77% last year. The survey, now in its third year, showed marked growth in the desire for experiential gifts, from an initial 62% in 2021. 

The holiday sentiment trend correlates with a 63% increase in total bookings between January and October 2023, compared to the same period last year, said GetYourGuide. Price remains a top concern for 56% of Americans, despite being down 7 points from last year.

Regarding the type of experiences, travel topped the list, especially among Millennials, with 51% preferring a trip as their ideal gift. Added preferences included:

  • Concert or show (40%),
  • Outdoor activity such as skiing or hiking (30%)
  • Museum visit (27%)

Food remains a top category for experiential bookings, chosen by 56% of Americans, with a further 33% inspired by local cuisine featured in shows or articles. Pop culture significantly influences travel choices, with 81% citing it as a reason to travel, and 36% have been motivated to travel to a location featured in a TV show or movie.

GetYourGuide said the survey, weighted by Wakefield Research, was conducted among 1,000 Americans aged 16-56, from 5 to 10 September.

Tourism

Inflation Concerns Likely To Push People to Domestic Trips: New Data from Tripadvisor

2 years ago

One of the biggest concerns for the global travel industry’s recovery coming out of the pandemic lows has been inflation and how it would affect people’s intent to travel. While summer looks like it will be a big one for the travel industry, here is some early survey data from Tripadvisor that people are willing to sacrifice other non-essentials for their plans to travel, particularly domestic travel.

Mother and daughters holding hands

From Tripadvisor, surveys conducted in United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Singapore show while travel behaviors might change for some as a result from June-August (shorter trips or preference for domestic travel), consumers across the globe are refusing to give up their desire to vacation or holiday, especially in the Northern Hemisphere during the summer months. More than a third of global respondents report they intend to travel more in 2022 than they did in 2021, which bodes well for the ongoing travel recovery.

Inflation Concerns

Inflation is a significant concern for the majority of respondents within the survey, with 74% reporting they were “extremely” or “very” concerned about the rising costs of goods and services.

CountryConcerned
United States74%
United Kingdom77%
Australia70%
Japan69%
Singapore77%

Continuing inflation will likely affect non-essential spending habits: 79% said they would spend less on non-essentials if prices continue to go up:

CountrySpending Less
United States77%
United Kingdom83%
Australia84%
Japan68%
Singapore82%

When it comes to cutting down on non-essential spending, dining out and clothes top the list (items consumers will cut down on the most):

CountryDining OutClothes
United States73%57%
United Kingdom76%64%
Australia76%63%
Japan69%52%
Singapore64%62%

On the other hand, fewer people plan cuts to domestic travel, TV/music subscriptions, and international travel than other options (items consumers will cut down on the least):

  • United States: international travel (37%) and domestic travel (38%)
  • United Kingdom: domestic travel (35%) and TV/music subscriptions (45%)
  • Australia: domestic travel (37%) and TV/music subscriptions (39%)
  • Japan: TV/music subscriptions (22%) and technology purchases (32%)
  • Singapore: domestic travel (26%) and TV/music subscriptions (38%)

In fact, those surveyed would sacrifice a range of non-essentials to fund their next vacation:

  • United States: food deliveries (57%) and nights out (54%)
  • United Kingdom: nights out (60%) and dining out (57%)
  • Australia: food deliveries (62%) and nights out (60%)
  • Japan: food deliveries (59%) and gym membership (58%)
  • Singapore: Entertainment (attending gigs/concerts) (56%) and gym membership (54%)

Not surprisingly, rising costs will have some effect on travel this summer: 33% will likely take shorter trips, and 32% may travel closer to home:

CountryShorter TripsClose to Home
United States32%31%
United Kingdom27%30%
Australia29%35%
Japan37%19%
Singapore42%39%