With gross bookings by Latin American travelers expected to go up by 23% a year to reach US$98 billion by 2016, travel brands obviously have some significant opportunities. And within that larger Latam travel market is the luxury traveler market. Until recently, not a lot of data has been easily available for Latin American luxury travelers. But a new study by the International Luxury Travel Market and Travesías media offers insights about Latam luxury travelers through a survey of 90 owners and managers in the region who cater to this market. The study includes responses from travel agencies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru and Venezuela. So here’s what Latin American luxury travelers want:
To Travel to the United States, France or Italy
The USA was the top-selling destination for the agents, followed by France and Italy. The United Kingdom ranked fourth and Spain ranked fifth.
To Explore Both Familiar and New Destinations
When asked about their biggest growth destinations, the agencies named China and Thailand as the two main ones. While the USA was also a growth destination and ranked nearly as high as China and Thailand, most of the growth destinations were less famous destinations like Maldives, Croatia, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.
To Go On a Cruise
When asked about the popularity of cruises among clients, 66% of the agencies said that cruises were popular, very popular or most popular among Latin American luxury travelers.
To Go in Groups
When asked about the demographics of their clients, only 24% of the agencies said they had single travelers. The large majority said they cater to families (89%) or couples (84%).
To Travel a Lot
More than a third (35%) of the agencies surveyed indicated that they had 3 bookings a year per client, compared to just 2% with one booking. And 40% indicated they had 4 to 5 or more bookings a year per client.
To Stay a While, But Not Too Long
The majority (78%) of Latin American luxury travelers have an average travel booking length of between 5 to 15 days. More than half (52%) have bookings of 10 to 15 days. Only 5% book for between 1 to 5 days and only 7% book for 15 to 20 days.