2017 Industry Forecast for Corporate Travel
Global hotel rates will climb while air fares remain flat in 2017; capacity driven by low fuel costs to offset increase in air demand, keeping ticket prices in check, projects Advito
CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2017 – Global air fares should remain flat while global hotel rates are expected to increase around the world by between 0% and 5% in 2017, according to travel consultancy Advito’s newly released 2017 Industry Forecast. Despite a modest rise in demand, savings from low fuel prices will sustain airline profitability even with added capacity aboard their fleets.
Advito publishes its annual Industry Forecast to give travel and procurement managers a range of projected prices they can use to benchmark success against key performance indicators and to prepare for supplier negotiations and budgeting. The forecast includes supply, demand and pricing trends for air, hotel, meetings, transportation and ride-hailing for all major regions in the world.
Global business class fares on average will rise only modestly in 2017, up to 1%, and economy fares will be remain flat. However, travel buyers should expect greater variation in fares from region to region. For example, regional business fares will range from flat (in Europe and Latin America) to 3% increases (in Asia and Southwest Pacific). Meanwhile, intercontinental economy class fares should fall slightly everywhere except Europe. Advito expects little change in regional economy class fares with 2% reductions in Latin America.
Hotel rates will increase in all regions in 2017, led by North America, Advito projects. Rates in the U.S. and Canada are expected to climb by 3% to 5% with slightly smaller increases for hotels in Mexico. The Southwest Pacific and the Middle East also will see a rise in hotel rates due to insufficient supply and strong demand. In Europe, a modest economic recovery and little new supply will push up rates by up to 2%.
In addition to its pricing forecasts and buying strategy recommendations for air, hotel, meetings and ground transportation for each major region of the world, Advito’s 2017 Industry Forecast also includes discussions of:
- Travel risk and security
- Hotel direct booking
- Alternative accommodations
- Ride hailing trends
- Artificial intelligence
- Air fare price restructuring
- Hotel mergers
- Hotel dynamic pricing
- Effect of Brexit on travel
- And more
Advito is the travel industry’s most progressive consultancy, enabling procurement leaders to modernize their approach to managing the travel and meetings spend category. Led by a unique team of multi-disciplinary experts and thought leaders, we work with both clients and suppliers to push the boundaries of traditional air and hotel sourcing and strategic meetings management for higher program returns. We provide advisory, procurement and outsourcing services in the area of corporate travel sourcing, expense and meetings management, along with RFP development and management; benchmarking and vendor management services. We minimize our clients’ travel spend and maximize their travel program value in a data-rich, consumer empowered world. Headquartered in Chicago, Advito operates in key business markets around the world. For more information, visit www.advito.com.
About BCD Travel
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. We give travelers innovative tools that keep them safe and productive, and help them make good choices on the road. We partner with travel and procurement leaders to simplify the complexities of business travel, drive savings and satisfaction, and move whole companies toward their goals. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 14,900 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate, with 2019 sales of US$27.5 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.
About BCD Group
BCD Group is a market leader in the travel industry. The privately-owned company was founded in 1975 by John Fentener van Vlissingen and consists of BCD Travel (global corporate travel management and its subsidiary BCD Meetings & Events, global meetings and events agency), Park ‘N Fly (off-airport parking) and Airtrade (consolidation and fulfillment). BCD Group employs over 15,900 people and operates in 109 countries with total sales of US$30 billion in 2019, including US$10.9 billion partner sales. For more information, visit www.bcdgroup.com.