Two groups are contributing the most to growth of inbound travel to the UK in 2023. Visitors from the US continue to rise strongly in numbers in 2023, following considerable traffic the previous year.
Low cost carriers continue to enjoy a strong rebound within airlines in 2023. In part, this is due to an increasingly cost-conscious consumer base preferring to spend more on destination rather than on transportation.
With full reopening of borders, UK hotels are now taking an increasing share of revenue from inbound visitors, marking a resumption of the trend whereby London hotels receive most of their guests from inbound tourists, whilst regional outlets are mostly reliant on domestic tourism. Starting in 2022 and continuing into 2023, inflationary pressures have been reflected in rising average daily room rates, which so far have not deterred guests.
Intermediaries are gaining share from independents in 2023. The channel is benefiting from a resumption in leisure cruise, where intermediaries dominate distribution, and leisure packages.
By late summer 2023, UK travel had reached a tipping point. On the one hand, demand has been resilient and consumers have been willing to pay more despite rampant inflation within hospitality.
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