US visits from Japan and China on the rise
WASHINGTON, Aug 28 — Tour operators in Japan and China project a higher number of travellers to the United States in the summer this compared to the same period last year, while UK operators predict zero growth due to the country’s economic conditions.
An increase in summer bookings to the United States from key markets such as China, Japan and Germany is expected, according to a recent survey published by the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries.
Around 95 per cent of the tour operators surveyed in China projected an increase in the number of bookings to the US during the summer this year compared to last year.
Around 91 per cent predicted that bookings would be higher during the fourth trimester of the year.
Among the top motivators for travel to the US, Chinese tour operators reported direct air service and China’s economic growth.
All of the tour operators surveyed in Japan projected summer bookings for travellers to the US would be higher compared to last year.
Agencies reported the favourable exchange rate to the US dollar as one of the main reasons for this.
Nearly all of the tour operators in Germany (88 per cent) predicted that bookings would be higher, with 29 per cent expecting bookings to be much higher.
Fourteen per cent expected bookings to be flat this summer compared to last year.
Tour operators in the UK are expecting summer bookings to show zero growth compared to the summer last year, citing reasons such as the UK economy as well as airfare and accommodation rates.
The survey was conducted as part of the Travel Trade Barometer program by Travel Market Insights for the Office of Travel & Tourism Industries among tour operators in Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and China.
The survey is conducted on a quarterly basis in these countries and includes information on bookings for the US and motivators or deterrents for travel to the country. — AFP-Relaxnews