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Airlines, Hotels & Travel OVERVIEW

The global travel and tourism industry is comprised of a wide variety of businesses, including hotels and inns, casino resorts, trains, buses, airplanes, cruise ships, tour operators and travel bookers, both online and physical.  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) found that the global travel and tourism industry supported 295 million jobs on a direct basis during 2022.
This sector is always continually reinventing itself—with dramatic changes often being caused by disruptive technologies, evolving consumer tastes, political upheavals, economic booms and busts, and lately, global outbreaks of disease.  Fortunes can be made and lost quickly, particularly in the always-changing, extremely competitive airline industry.
Disruptive technologies wresting change within the industry sometimes come in the form of new aircraft.  The launch of the 707-jet airliner (1958), soaring across the Atlantic in only a few hours, put an end to the ocean liner’s domination off the transcontinental market.  Likewise, the launch of the 747 (1970), able to carry hundreds of passengers with great new operating efficiency, popularized international travel to a degree never before imagined possible.  The 1967 launch of the single-aisle 737, able to carry about 185 passengers quickly and efficiently, teed-up the next development.  Shortly thereafter (1971), a plucky entrepreneur took advantage of the tremendous abilities of the 737 when he launched the first noteworthy discount airline (Southwest), with flights between Dallas and Houston, Texas at low fares.  An entire discount industry blossomed worldwide.
The internet was the next big leap forward ( was launched in 1996), enabling online travel agencies and booking services to soar.  Consumers were immense beneficiaries, while travel agencies suffered immensely, as travelers could go online to compare flights, hotels and prices, and then book at the best prices whenever they were ready to get out their credit cards and commit.  The internet also enabled the highly disruptive technology platforms of Airbnb and Vrbo, making it possible for tourists and business travelers to rent homes and condos as alternatives to hotels.
Technologies can also dampen the travel sector.  Recently, the growing capabilities of teleconferencing on systems such as Zoom, Webex and Teams has made business travel less vital.  Travel to conferences, conventions and meetings is both expensive and time-consuming, and budgets for such travel are carefully scrutinized by corporate management.
A rising, global middle class further boosted the industry.  Discount airlines have leapt ahead in markets as diverse as India, Indonesia, Africa and Eastern Europe, enabling cost-conscious tourists to help the tourism industry boom.  For example, Chinese travelers take hundreds of millions of flights yearly—as long as pandemics do not interrupt their plans.  The Coronavirus epidemic that began in 2020 had a devastating impact on the travel and tourism industry, slashing air passenger and hotel guest traffic to a near halt for several months.
Meanwhile, a soaring number of highly affluent travelers have been spending money freely on luxury hotels, resorts and experiences.  The luxury sector has been booming, from private aircraft rentals (such as NetJets) to ultra-luxury hotel and resort chains (such as Ritz Carlton’s “Reserve” properties), to luxury cruise lines such as Viking and Regent.
The cruise line business enjoyed solid growth before the Coronavirus pandemic.  Cost-conscious consumers see cruises as high-value, all-inclusive package deals.  Some of the newest ships, such as Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas rank among the largest passenger ships ever built.  It remains to be seen how successfully and in what size and scale the cruise industry will emerge from the temporary shutdown caused by the Coronavirus.  Many cruise lines took on vast amounts of debt in order to stay in business.  Nonetheless, it is clear that substantial demand for cruises exists, and that millions of brand-loyal customers are anxious to cruise as long as they feel relatively safe in doing so.
There is every reason to believe that the travel and tourism industry will continue to be a bubbling cauldron of change.  For example, the airline industry continues to evolve rapidly.  Airlines are flying aircraft that are much more fuel-efficient than those of a few years ago.  It is also vital to note a major shift in airline strategy:  today, they rely heavily on fees for services such as checked baggage, seats with extra legroom and on-board food.  This contributed substantially to profitability.  Boeing’s highly advanced 787 enables airlines to offer great enhancements to passenger comfort with extremely long intercontinental range, while the airlines benefit from a fuel efficiency boost of about 20%.  Airbus competes with similarly efficient, long-haul aircraft.  Discount airlines remain very important players in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.  Meanwhile, legacy airlines (e.g., American Airlines and British Airways) are now competing head-to-head on price with discount airlines in many cases, typically for the least-desirable seats in economy class.


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  1. Introduction to the Travel Industry
  2. Discount Airlines Compete with Legacy Airlines, but the Differences Are Beginning to Blur
  3. Major Airlines Change Strategy, Charge Fees
  4. Some International Airlines Cut First-Class Seats and Add to Business Class/Premium Economy Now Widely Available
  5. Private Jet Sharing and Rentals Are Big Business/Semi-Private Airlines Compete
  6. Boeing and Airbus Compete for New Orders
  7. New Aircraft Designs Offer Greater Passenger Comfort/More Efficient Engines
  8. Supersonic Jets Fly Again
  9. Hydrogen and Electric Powered Airplanes Are Under Research and Development
  10. Airports Expand
  11. China Makes Immense Investments in Railroads, Highways, Airports & Silk Road
  12. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs)/Hotels Fight to Keep Control of the Customer
  13. Ecotourism, Sustainable Tourism, Adventure Tourism and Volunteerism Gained Popularity as Certification Standards Emerge
  14. Luxury Hotel Chains Expanded Globally
  15. What Millennials and Mobile-Savvy Consumers Want as Tourists and Travelers
  16. Hotels Target Young Customers with Strategies Ranging from Micro Rooms and Hostels, to Hip Hotels that Encourage Mingling to Fitness Options
  17. Hotels Adopt Smartphones and In-Room Tablets to Deliver Services, Speed Check-In and Replace Room Keys
  18. Localization Will Drive Hotel Features, Marketing
  19. Dog-Friendly Hotels Will Gain Market Share
  20. Sharing Economy Gains Market Share in Travel with Online Sites Like Airbnb, Vrbo and Many Global Competitors
  21. Cruise Industry Rebuilds After the Coronavirus
  22. Small Cruise Ships Feature Adventure, Luxury, Intimacy or Access to More Places
  23. River Cruise Lines Launched with Low Capital Investment and High Fares
  24. Chinese Tourism Will Create Growth Opportunities for the Cruise and Hotel Industries
  25. New Technologies Show Promise for Port and Airport Security
  26. High Speed Passenger Trains, Including Maglev, Advance in China and Europe
  27. U.S. Passenger Train Projects Receive Funding, Including Light Rail and All Aboard Florida
  28. Aging Baby Boomers Will Cause Significant Changes in the Leisure Sector, Including Sports and Activity-Based Travel
  29. The Future of Travel

Plunkett Research Provides In-Depth Tables for the Following Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Statistics

  1. Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Air Carrier Traffic Statistics, U.S.: 1997-April 2023
  3. Consolidation in U.S. Airlines
  4. U.S. Airline Passenger Activity: 2010-2043
  5. Top Regions of U.S. Residents Traveling Abroad (Outbound): 2021-2022
  6. Top 10 U.S. Airlines & Airports Ranked by 2023 System Scheduled Enplanements
  7. Cruise Line Industry Overview, U.S.: 2016-2022
  8. Estimated U.S. Accommodation Sector Quarterly Revenues: 2020-4th Quarter 2022
  9. Employment in the Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry, U.S.: 2017-June 2023

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