Overall, the indicators for incoming international visitors are very positive. CheapOair’s data shows a global increase of 64% when comparing March activity to that of January 2021.
“The figures are really good news. We all know that covid caused a precipitous drop in the number of international travelers booking flights to the United States last year. We believe there is a correlation between the great work being done in this country to get vaccines administered and the uptick in interest in travel to the US,” commented Glenn Cusano, Co-CEO and CFO of Fareportal, the parent company of CheapOair and One Travel. “Tourism means more than airline tickets. Restaurants, hotels, tours and attractions and retail sales in general benefit from the presence of our international visitors. The latest CDC vaccination information shows that 32.6% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. As those percentages increase, we expect to see further growth in international visitors to the USA.”
|Country Origin to USA Flight Tickets Purchased||Jan to March|
Meanwhile, the discount airline ticket site notes that Americans are ready to travel, and actively booking their Summer 2021 getaways.
• Honolulu and Las Vegas remain top destinations for couples, with traveling twosomes representing 70% and 82% respectively of bookings to those locales.
• Solo travelers have increased from 15% in January to a noteworthy 25% in March.
• Similarly, family travel is on the upswing, rising from 9% of total in January to 15% of bookings in March.
|Top Vacation Destinations/Traveler Profiles|
|% Couple||% Solo||% Family|
|San Juan, PR||48||31||21|
|Punta Cana, DR||63||13||24|