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Traveller connectivity will shape long-term travel trends

By Wayne Best, Chief Economist • Visa

September 09, 2016

Summer travellers spot trends and share them across social media, but what are the key long term travel trends? Visa’s international travel insights report highlights what’s going to happen over the next decade.

What we found is that the combination of a an aging population, increased connectivity and a rising global middle class are going to significantly increase the number of households – 282 million by 2025, a 35 percent increase from 2015 – that will plan to travel internationally.

Increased connectivity

Increased connectivity will also have a real impact by changing the way people travel as well as making it much more affordable. With 340 new airports expected to be built over the next decade and new technologies increasing Internet connectivity, how people travel will change dramatically.

The aging population is changing the travel landscape in a very different way. By 2025, travellers aged 65+ will more than double their international travel to an estimated 180 million trips, accounting for one-in-eight international trips globally.

“Travelling class”

A rising middle class across the globe is expanding what we call the “travelling class”. These are households that make at least $20,000 USD or more per year and can afford international travel. They collectively account for over 90 per cent of international travel spend today.

Among those households most likely to travel internationally, Visa’s study estimates that spending will reach an average of $5,300 per household, per year, by 2025.

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