CWT: Global airfare and hotel prices to rise in 2018

Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017

carlson (cwt)Global travel prices are expected to soar sharply next year, reaching almost 4% increases in certain sectors as revealed by the fourth annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast.


The survey has been produced in partnership with the GBTA Foundation that represents the research wing of the Global Business Travel Association. Overall, the global airfares would be raised by 3.55 in 2018. On the other hand, the hotel prices would be rising by 3.7% and ground transportation like buses, trains and taxis would be increasing by 0.6%.


Kurt Ekert, President and CEO, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) feels that the higher pricing is a consequence of the stronger economy and the rising demand.


Jeanne Liu who is the vice president of research, GBTA said that geopolitical risks, instability in emerging economies and the volatile political scenarios in the United States and Europe imply that modern travel professionals need to consider more things while creating their travel programs.


Liu said that the most successful programs would need to keep a strong vigil on the geopolitical risks and a rapidly-altering supplier landscape since they reevaluate strategies quite often and adapt as quickly as necessary.


The Scenario of Rise in Airfares


The rise in global airfares comes with the rise in crude oil prices, despite airlines adding about 6% capacity in the year 2018.



Rise in Hotel Prices


There has been a global trend focusing on ‘smarter hotels’ that tend to highlight messaging, in-room entertainment and beacon technologies.



Trend in ground transport sector


In 2018, the price of ground transportation, like Ubers is expected to increase by 0.6% but within 2022, it is likely to rise by 5.5%.


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