Active is: Conducting proprietary research

UK consumers continue to travel abroad

10/06/2019
People traveling - Active is moment

Summary

International vacation booking volumes for the 2019 summer season vs. the same time last year were flat for slightly more than half of sources and up for slightly less than half. Consumers’ main criteria for deciding on a vacation include price as much as the destination itself.

Interviews with travel agents in the UK revealed that current last-minute booking volumes for the rest of the 2019 winter season are flat for 60% vs. the same time last year, because budgets are tight, last-minute bookings are not cheaper anymore, and older people worry about post-Brexit travel problems, while they are up for 40% due to the strong economy and a pre-Brexit booking surge.

As to current booking volumes for the 2019 summer season, 53% of sources said they are flat vs. the same time last year, as sales were good last year and difficult to beat, budgets are tight, and increased long-haul bookings are counterbalanced by decreased Europe bookings, while 47% said they are up due to the strong economy and vacations being a priority for young people.

Meanwhile, 87% of sources said preferred destinations for the 2019 summer season so far are long-haul destinations in general due to easy worldwide travel, the desire to see new places and cheap airfare. Indeed, 67% cited the US and Canada as preferred destinations for the 2019 summer season so far, as they are nearly as cheap as Europe, flights are cheap, and there is a common language, while 7% each cited Australia/New Zealand, Africa, cruises and Cuba. Still, 13% of sources said no destination in particular is preferred. As to the main decision-making criterion for vacation booking, 93% cited value for money, while 7% said secure booking guarantees.

Preferred 2019 summer season destinations

Chart: Preferred 2019 summer season destinations

Source: Grassroots® Research.



Grassroots® Research is a division of Allianz Global Investors that commissions investigative market research for asset-management professionals. Research data used to generate Grassroots® Research reports are received from independent, third-party contractors who supply research that, as far as permissible by applicable laws and regulations, may be paid for by commissions generated by trades executed on behalf of clients.

Investing involves risk. The value of an investment and the income from it will fluctuate and investors may not get back the principal invested. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. This is a marketing communication. It is for informational purposes only. This document does not constitute investment advice or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any security and shall not be deemed an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security.

The views and opinions expressed herein, which are subject to change without notice, are those of the issuer or its affiliated companies at the time of publication. Certain data used are derived from various sources believed to be reliable, but the accuracy or completeness of the data is not guaranteed and no liability is assumed for any direct or consequential losses arising from their use. The duplication, publication, extraction or transmission of the contents, irrespective of the form, is not permitted.

This material has not been reviewed by any regulatory authorities. In mainland China, it is used only as supporting material to the offshore investment products offered by commercial banks under the Qualified Domestic Institutional Investors scheme pursuant to applicable rules and regulations. This communication's sole purpose is to inform and does not under any circumstance constitute promotion or publicity of Allianz Global Investors products and/or services in Colombia or to Colombian residents pursuant to part 4 of Decree 2555 of 2010. This communication does not in any way aim to directly or indirectly initiate the purchase of a product or the provision of a service offered by Allianz Global Investors. Via reception of his document, each resident in Colombia acknowledges and accepts to have contacted Allianz Global Investors via their own initiative and that the communication under no circumstances does not arise from any promotional or marketing activities carried out by Allianz Global Investors. Colombian residents accept that accessing any type of social network page of Allianz Global Investors is done under their own responsibility and initiative and are aware that they may access specific information on the products and services of Allianz Global Investors. This communication is strictly private and confidential and may not be reproduced. This communication does not constitute a public offer of securities in Colombia pursuant to the public offer regulation set forth in Decree 2555 of 2010. This communication and the information provided herein should not be considered a solicitation or an offer by Allianz Global Investors or its affiliates to provide any financial products in Panama, Peru, and Uruguay.

This document is being distributed by the following Allianz Global Investors companies: Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC, an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Allianz Global Investors Distributors LLC, distributor registered with FINRA, is affiliated with Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC; Allianz Global Investors GmbH, an investment company in Germany, authorized by the German Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin); Allianz Global Investors (Schweiz) AG, licensed by FINMA (www.finma.ch) for distribution and by OAKBV (Oberaufsichtskommission berufliche Vorsorge) for asset management related to occupational pensions in Switzerland; Allianz Global Investors Asia Pacific Ltd., licensed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission; Allianz Global Investors Singapore Ltd., regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore [Company Registration No. 199907169Z]; Allianz Global Investors Japan Co., Ltd., registered in Japan as a Financial Instruments Business Operator [Registered No. The Director of Kanto Local Finance Bureau (Financial Instruments Business Operator), No. 424, Member of Japan Investment Advisers Association and Investment Trust Association, Japan];and Allianz Global Investors Taiwan Ltd., licensed by Financial Supervisory Commission in Taiwan.

869016