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Stephen Shurrock

Germany Wins the World Cup Supporters Travel Trophy

June 12, 2018

There are few things more important to me than sport and travel. Any moment the two combine brings me great joy!

At Travelport, we’ve been looking into the travel data behind the 2018 World Cup which kicks off in Russia on 14th June. This is what we’ve found:
• Overall, flight bookings to Russia have increased by +136,503, up +34% on the same period last year.
• The countries that have seen the greatest growth in flight bookings to Russia are Germany (+16,213 growth in bookings, increase of +44%), the United States (+13,654 growth in bookings, increase of +66%) and China (+8,855 growth in bookings, increase of +40%).
• Out of the ten countries with the largest volume growth, the biggest movers in terms of percentage are Argentina (+939%), Brazil (+711%) and Egypt (+565%).
• The country that has seen the greatest fall in flight bookings to Russia is Italy (-5,204 drop in bookings, decrease of -18%). Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

 

World Cup 2018

Flight Booking Growth to Russia

(for the period of the event)  

Rank

Origin

Vol. Increase

% Change

1

Germany

16,213

44%

2

United States

13,654

66%

3

China

8,855

40%

4

Spain

8,419

39%

5

Brazil

7,663

711%

6

Argentina

6,199

939%

7

Great Britain

6,159

51%

8

Mexico

4,440

329%

9

Hong Kong

4,387

272%

10

Egypt

4,358

565%

This data is derived from Travelport’s interpretation of relevant MIDT data. It reflects bookings made through GDS only. Additional bookings will have been made directly with airlines, which may or may not also have a GDS presence.

 

It’s great to see the World Cup is encouraging people to travel, with Russia expecting to host 34% more visitors than usual during the event. German supporters are clearly feeling optimistic their team can retain the title with the highest total number of fans travelling to watch their team. It’s also brilliant to see distance is no deterrent to the large number of fans travelling from South America to support their teams, with bookings from Argentina and Brazil almost 1,000% higher than usual! The World Cup is a great opportunity to explore a new place or revisit a favourite city and we work closely with our customers to ensure they’re ready for the additional booking volumes in the run up to the event. It should be great fun to watch.


Good luck to all the teams taking part. I’m begrudgingly cheering England in the absence of Wales. Sport can be so cruel!