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Amadeus Forecasts 1.8 Billion Annual International Travelers by 2030

Destination & Tourism | Amadeus North America | Patrick Clarke | May 18, 2015

Amadeus Forecasts 1.8 Billion Annual International Travelers by 2030

Itching to see another country? Well, it turns out you're not alone. 

According to the Future Traveler Tribes 2030 report by Amadeus, the number of annual international travelers is expected to reach a whopping 1.8 billion by the year 2030.

The figure is anticipated to reflect the world's rising population as well as expanding markets like China.

Citing a report from L2, Joe McCarthy of Luxury Daily points out that travel industry sales are expected to reach $671 billion by 2018. What's more, mobile booking sales are expected to increase 800 percent during that time. 

"Looking back 15 years it is hard to underestimate how far the travel industry has come in terms of innovation, cost and choice for travelers," said Amadeus senior vice president of airline IT Julia Sattel via "And yet now, as we look forward 15 years to 2030, it is clear that change will only accelerate."

"With this in mind, understanding the emerging 'traveler tribes' will be vital to all providers, buyers and sellers of travel in the coming years, in order to ensure the right investment decisions are made now, and to help facilitate and cater to the clear trend and demand in the industry for far greater personalization than ever before across the entire travel chain," she added.

The six travel "tribes" or personalities forecast to emerge between now and 2030 are as follows: Social Capital Seekers; Cultural Purists; Ethical Travelers; Simplicity Searchers; Obligation Meeters and Reward Hunters. 

"...if a travel agent knows that the next client coming in is likely to resonate with one or more of the experience categories designated in this study, they can offer up a package of opportunity that will hit all the right buttons," said Travel Intel content director Lark Gould via McCarthy. "A Rewards Hunter might be dazzled with a plan to be met at the airport, driven to a destination resort spa by personal luxury car and driver, set up at the resort spa as a VIP and offered the services of a personal car and driver for at least one day during the stay."

An Amadeus poll of 800 U.S. consumers found that two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents could be considered Simplicity Searchers, or travelers looking for a stress- and surprise-free experience. 

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