Black Consumers and Travel - US - November 2013
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"Recreational travel by Black consumers has almost doubled since 2010. These consumers prefer traveling to destinations where there is a high percentage of the population that is also of African, or African-American descent, and see it as a way to immerse themselves in a culture that’s different from their own. Staycations Mini-vacations can also be rewarding and much more cost effective for those on a budget. For these types of vacations, Blacks enjoy shopping, going on tours of museums, dining out or going to a casino."
- Tonya Roberts, Multicultural Analyst
The recent Great Recession has had a major impact on the travel industry, particularly among Black consumers. Rather than traveling abroad or even to another state for vacations, Black consumers opted for more economical staycations in their own city or state. Now that the economy is rebounding, we can expect these consumers to begin traveling again.
Black consumers have a wide range of interests, and travel is one of them – whether actual trips they’ve taken or aspirations of travel. These consumers are more likely to travel to destinations where there are people who look like them or have similar lifestyles, which is why the majority of the vacation trips they take tend to be in the US, Caribbean or Africa. Black consumers, and particularly Millennials, have a growing interest in learning more about other cultures and this is likely to impact the destinations that these consumers will travel to in the future.
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