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CANADIANS AMONG TOP ANTICIPATED TRAVEL SPENDERS FOR 2024 ACCORDING TO AMEX GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS REPORT

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TORONTO, March 12, 2024 /CNW/ – American Express Travel® released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report today, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year. The report reveals that Canadians rank as the second highest global market for anticipated average trip spend and are prioritizing spontaneous, bucket list, and once in a lifetime vacations.

 “The Global Travel Trends Report highlights the continued desire for Canadians to prioritize unforgettable travel, from spontaneous trips to once in a lifetime experiences,” said Vanessa Crooker, VP of Brand, Partnerships and Lifestyle Benefits at American Express Canada. “We know that 82% of Canadians plan to spend more or the same on travel this year and we are excited to meet that demand with our premium travel benefits.”

A summary of the Canadian findings from the American Express Travel® 2024 Global Travel Trends Report are as follows:

  • Extended, bucket-list trips are on the rise: Canadians are looking to take longer trips compared to the global average, visiting multiple countries in a region or taking expedition/remote trips.
  • Canadians are willing to spend, unless a travel hack can help them save: Travelers are willing to foot the bill to get the most out of their trip but lean on travel hacks for cost savings and upgrades.
  • Spontaneity, solo travel and self-love drive travel desires: Canadians are leaving room for spontaneous exploration, exploring for self-fulfillment, and look to escape the chaos of daily life with solo trips.

Extended, bucket-list trips are on the rise.

  • 1-in-3 (33%) Canadians planning on taking a trip in 2024 plan to travel for a major trip (e.g., bucket list trip, dream vacation) this year.
    • The most common types of trips Canadians consider to be a ‘dream vacation’ or major trip include multi-country tour within a region (66%), expedition cruises (32%), adventure travel (29%), wellness retreats (23%).
  • Among Canadians planning to take a trip to visit multiple countries in a region, 70% plan on visiting Europe.
  • Canadians planning on taking a trip in 2024 are making the most of vacation time, with 1–2-week trips (45%) and week-long trips (44%) being most common, compared to week-long (47%) and weekend trips (41%) being most popular among global responses.

Canadians willing to spend, unless a travel hack can help them save.

  • Over one-third (36%) of Canadians plan to spend more on travel compared to last year.
  • Globally, Canada ranks the second highest market for anticipated highest average spend for leisure trips at an average of $8,824 for all leisure trips in 2024.
  • Increased spend is balanced with a range of ‘travel hacks’ to save money on travel:
    • 44% will travel during off-peak seasons.
    • 41% will use credit card points to pay for flights/hotels.
    • 20% will book through companies that offer complimentary hotel benefits (e.g. room upgrades, hotel credits)
  • 85% of Canadian Adults agree that they are interested in finding flight deals so they can spend more on accommodations or upgrades.

Spontaneity, solo travel and self-love drive travel desires

  • Some Canadians book travel spontaneously, while others find spontaneity at their destination:
    • Over one-third (37%) of Canadians took a last-minute trip in 2023, with even more (43%) interested in taking one in 2024.
    • Planning timeframes are short, with nearly half (47%) booking 2 weeks in advance or more.
    • While at their destination, Canadians prefer to leave dining plans (61%), excursions/activities (39%) and shopping (35%) to be spontaneous.
  • Over half (54%) of Canadians plan on travelling solo more often or about the same in 2024. Of those Canadians, 53% are Millennials and Gen-Z (compared to 59% of all Global Adults).
    • Of those planning solo-travel in 2024, 59% of Canadians plan to take a “treat yourself” solo trip centered around self-love.

The full American Express Travel 2024 Global Travel Trends Report can be downloaded here.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

This poll was conducted between January 31February 8, 2024 among a sample of 2,005 US Adults, 1,007 Australia Adults, 1,002 Canada and UK Adults, 1,002 Japan Adults, 1,006 Mexico Adults and 1,005 India Adults who have at least a $50k+ income equivalent and typically travel at least once a year. The interviews were conducted online. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2-4 percentage points. Some geographies may be weighted with fewer variables depending on local census data availability. 

ABOUT AMERICAN EXPRESS IN CANADA

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. American Express was established in Canada in 1853 and offers a variety of consumer and business products. Learn more at americanexpress.ca and connect with us on FacebookXInstagram, and YouTube.

SOURCE American Express Canada

For further information: For additional stats or further information: Maddie Geddes, [email protected]

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