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Global Travel Sector Sees 13.5% Drop in Deals in 2024.The global travel and tourism sector has experienced a significant downturn in deal activity during the first four months of 2024, with a notable year-on-year decline of 13.5%. This decrease, highlighted in a recent GlobalData report, underscores the industry’s challenges amidst uncertain market conditions and ongoing geopolitical tensions.

From January to April 2024, 217 deals were announced, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, and venture financing. This figure represents a substantial drop from the 251 deals recorded during the same period in the previous year.

Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, remarked, “Deal activity in the travel and tourism sector remained subdued due to the uncertain market conditions and ongoing geopolitical tensions. Several leading economies, including the US and China, saw significant year-on-year declines in deal volume.”

GlobalData’s Deals Database reveals a stark contrast in the number of deals announced in critical markets. The United States experienced a 26.4% decrease, while China saw an even steeper decline of 57.1% during the first four months of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. Other major markets, such as France, Japan, and Italy, also reported year-on-year decreases in deal volume. In contrast, deal volumes in the UK, South Korea, and Spain remained consistent with the previous year.

Regionally, the downturn in deal activity was pervasive. North America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and South and Central America all registered declines in deal volumes. Europe, however, maintained a stable level of activity.

“It was a mixed bag for different deal types,” added Bose. “While M&A and venture capital deals saw declines, private equity deal volume showed notable improvement during January to April 2024.”

Specifically, M&A deals dropped by 9.4%, and venture financing deals decreased by 31.7%. Conversely, private equity deals saw a significant increase, growing by 37.5% compared to the same period in 2023.

This nuanced landscape suggests that while the travel and tourism sector faces considerable headwinds, specific segments, such as private equity, are finding growth opportunities. The data also indicate that historic deal data may be subject to change as new information becomes publicly available, highlighting the sector’s dynamic nature.

Understanding these trends is crucial for industry stakeholders to navigate the evolving market landscape. The significant decline in deal activity reflects broader economic and geopolitical challenges that reshape travel and tourism investment strategies.

For more detailed insights and analysis, visit GlobalData’s official website.




Written by: Charmaine Lu