Where do Canadians book trips? ToursByLocals shares fall trends

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ToursByLocals highlights the latest travel trends for fall.

The Vancouverhas served over 1.7 million travelers since its inception and is an authority on travel habits in Canada and around the world.

“It’s refreshing to see the diversity of destinations Canadians are looking for as we look to 2023,” said Paul Melhus, president and co-founder of ToursByLocals. “A year ago international travel was still quite limited, but this summer things really took off. European tours have dominated our bookings this summer, but we are seeing interest in mid-season and off-season travel, as well as a desire to push the envelope and venture further overseas. It’s great to see Japan coming back after such travel restrictions, as well as countries like Argentina and Brazil.

The company recently conducted an extensive survey sent to more than 90,000 active travelers in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The findings, paired with exclusive data, reveal travel motivations, barriers and top destinations for fall and beyond.

The best destinations for fall 2022

Here are the top countries where ToursByLocals tours have been booked by Canadians this fall 2022:

  1. Italy
  2. Portugal
  3. Spain
  4. WE
  5. Greece
  6. France
  7. UK
  8. Turkey
  9. Croatia
  10. Canada

Top 10 destinations for 2023 (so far)

Here are the top countries where ToursByLocals tours have been booked so far for 2023:

  1. UK
  2. Argentina
  3. Japan
  4. Italy
  5. France
  6. United States
  7. Chile
  8. Brazil
  9. Mexico
  10. Peru
  11. Portugal

26% of all tours booked so far in 2023 are personalized itineraries, reflecting a continued trend towards personalized travel.

“No matter where they go, more than ever, Canadians share the desire to have the most memorable travel experiences,” says Paul. “A private tour, led by an experienced local guide, offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a destination and its culture.”

International travel is booming

74% of survey respondents plan to travel by December. Of these, nearly 85% plan to take international trips.

“This suggests that we will see robust sales throughout the fall. The data also tells us that we will continue to experience a shorter than normal booking window, which is a trend that is being felt across the travel industry,” Paul said.

Looking further ahead, 86% say they plan to travel abroad in 2023, with just 1% saying they won’t travel and 10% saying they haven’t decided yet. The others will travel but will remain national.

Evidence of the return of cruising, nearly 50% (49%) of respondents indicated that they were ready to go back to sea and planned to take a cruise in 2023.

“Current bookings show that nearly 1 in 2 tours booked for next year are for shore excursions,” Paul said. “We attribute this to the fact that cruise lines are known to book well in advance, but it also shows how quickly the industry is bouncing back.”

Not COVID, airport issues top travelers’ concerns

Congested airports, lost luggage and flight delays topped the list of top travel issues (43%). This precedes a resurgence of a COVID (28%), inflation (27%) and war in Ukraine (23%).

The ToursByLocals difference

Looking at what travelers are looking for, the history, local culture, arts, and experiences are the best.

“There’s no better way to experience a destination than with a private guided tour,” said Paul, “A ToursByLocals tour allows you to fully customize your experience and venture further afield without having to hire a vehicle. yourself or create an itinerary from scratch.Our guests appreciate that a local guide also helps with any language issues, while prioritizing safety and comfort.

Travel consultants can help their clients design immersive experiences and earn a minimum commission of 5% on every booking made. Agents can register for this incentive here.

Once an agency has booked CA$9,700 (US$7,500) worth of tours, the commission is increased to 10% and applied retroactively to all tours booked that year.

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