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The Changing Dynamics of Group Travel - June 2018

“The group-travel sector has become very dynamic in recent years, growing and diversifying to include virtually every kind of trip and catering to travellers of all ages and from varied backgrounds. The variation of the group-travel sector has occurred in tandem with socioeconomic change and the expansion of the global tourism industry as a whole, as well as in response to changing travel trends.”

- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • How has group travel changed over the last decade or so?
  • What factors have contributed to the changing dynamics of group travel?
  • Who travels in groups and where do they go?
  • What do today’s group travellers want from a trip?
  • How might group travel change in future?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Overview

        • Defining group travel
          • The wider tourism context
            • Tourism growth
              • Figure 1: International tourist arrivals by region, 2000, 2005, 2010 & 2015-18
              • Figure 2: Visitor exports by region, 2013-18
            • Economic change
              • Figure 3: GDP in selected countries, 2011-18
            • Demographic trends
              • Figure 4: World population outlook, 2018-50
              • Figure 5: Mid-year population estimates by major age groups, worldwide, 2018-50
              • Figure 6: European population in selected countries*, by major age groups, 2007 & 2017
            • Solo living
              • Figure 7: Estimated number of one-person households in the UK, 1997-2018
              • Figure 8: Population by marital status in selected EU countries, 2017
            • Changing social structures
              • Some key travel trends
                • Independent travel
                  • Figure 9: Holiday booking behaviour, UK travellers, 2015-18
                • Authentic and shareable experiences
                • The Evolution of Group Travel

                    • Sizing the group-travel market
                      • Figure 10: Group holidays (domestic & overseas), estimated total volume by segment, 2013
                      • Figure 11: Estimated size of UK group-travel market, 2013, 2016 & 2018
                      • Figure 12: companions, 2015-17
                  • Today’s Group Travellers

                      • Generational differences
                        • Nationality
                          • Figure 13: Some of the world’s biggest outbound tourism markets, by expenditure, 2013-18
                        • US groups
                          • Industry insight
                            • UK groups
                              • Chinese groups
                                • Indian groups
                                  • Income/class
                                  • The Groups

                                      • Escorted tours
                                        • Business groups
                                          • Figure 14: Business tourism expenditure, by major regions, 2010-18
                                          • Figure 15: Top 10 countries ranking by number of meetings, 2016
                                          • Figure 16: Top international meeting countries in 2016
                                          • Figure 17: Top 10 cities ranking by number of meetings, 2016
                                          • Figure 18: Top international meeting cities in 2016
                                        • Solo groups
                                          • Multigenerational groups
                                            • Family group travel
                                              • Industry insight
                                                • Friendship groups
                                                  • Celebration group travel
                                                    • Youth/student groups
                                                      • Group adventures
                                                        • Group cruising
                                                          • Sports groups
                                                            • Pilgrimage group travel
                                                                • Figure 19: Compostelas by year, 2004-17
                                                              • Male/female groups
                                                                • Group voluntourism
                                                                • Return to the Experts

                                                                  • Some Key Destinations

                                                                    • Countries
                                                                      • Figure 20: The world’s leading tourism destinations, 2015-18
                                                                    • Cities
                                                                      • Figure 21: Top 20 global city destinations, by overnight international visitors, 2012-17
                                                                  • What’s New?

                                                                    • Group Travel and Technology

                                                                        • Figure 22: Internet penetration rates in selected countries, 2000 & 2010-18
                                                                    • What Next?

                                                                        • Growth in experiential group travel
                                                                          • Continued importance of grass-roots group travel
                                                                            • Quality and customer loyalty
                                                                              • Early booking
                                                                                • Ever more diverse groups
                                                                                  • Growth in niche segments
                                                                                    • Group-travel experts

                                                                                    The Changing Dynamics of Group Travel - June 2018

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