U.S. Travel Agency Sales Recover in 2021

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) today released data showing ARC-accredited travel agency air ticket sales totaled $39.8 billion in 2021, a 69% increase from the $23 billion total in 2020. The number of passenger trips in 2021 grew by 50% year over year, totaling 174 million compared to 116 million in 2020

Today Vs January 2021: The Progress In Travel We Can't Ignore – By Mike Ford, Founder of SiteMinder

It’s said that the only time you should look back is to see how far you’ve come, and this rings true for the world of accommodation as the year gets underway. Yes, ongoing speed bumps and obstacles remain in view, but SiteMinder’s World Hotel Index makes clear how much stronger our industry is now than at this same time 12 months ago.

Third Quarter 2021 U.S. Average Air Fare Increases from Second Quarter, Still Down from Pre-Pandemic 2019

The average U.S. domestic air fare increased in the third quarter of 2021 to $314, up 3.2% from the inflation-adjusted fare of $305 in the second quarter and up 4.7% from the unadjusted second-quarter fare of $300. Adjusted for inflation (constant 2021 dollars), the average 3Q 2021 air fare was up 22.0% from $258 in the same quarter of 2020 and down 14.7% from pre-pandemic Q3 2019 ($368).

UNWTO Reports Tourism Grows 4% in 2021 but Remains Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) were still 72% below the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to preliminary estimates by UNWTO. This follows on from 2020, the worst year on record for tourism, when international arrivals decreased by 73%.

October 2021 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried 65.1 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in October 2021, seasonally-adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS), up 3.7% from September.