Bookings for 2023 Are 91 Percent Higher Than 2019, Virtuoso Says

Travel, and in particular luxury travel, continues to rebound as we leave the COVID-19 pandemic further and further behind. At its 2023 Symposium, held last week in Montréal, Québec, luxury travel agency network Virtuoso shared proprietary data and insights before an audience of travel professionals from 35 countries that highlighted the industry’s recovery.

During the event’s General Session, Virtuoso Executive Vice President David Kolner said that Virtuoso bookings for 2023 are 91 percent higher than they were in 2019 leading into 2020, and 62 percent higher than 2022. With Tourism Economics not predicting global travel and tourism recovery until the second quarter of 2024, Virtuoso sales indicate the demand for luxury experiences is leading the way forward. Booking windows have also tightened, up to 64 days in advance, as opposed to 85 days in 2019 and 109 days at the beginning of 2021.

According to Virtuoso’s sales data, the network’s preferred hotels are experiencing extremely high demand, with bookings 193 percent higher than in 2019 and 77 percent over 2022. Hotel average daily rates (ADRs) continue to soar, as well, with summer 2023 rates averaging nearly $1,700 per night—16 percent higher than in 2022 and 69 percent more than in 2019. Domestic ADR growth for U.S. travelers is slowing slightly in 2023, up only 6 percent on average from the same months in 2022; however, ADRs for 2023 summer travel (June through August) are pacing 12 to 25 percent ahead of 2022.

Cruising is also looking very strong, with total Virtuoso bookings up 55 percent compared to 2019. By sector, however, mass market cruising sits at 30 percent higher, while premium is up 61 percent, luxury is up 79 percent, expedition is 83 percent higher and river cruising is up a whopping 128 percent.

Another source of optimism for Virtuoso and its network: Data from Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report shows the luxury travel agency’s target market of high-value travelers—high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals—is expected to grow by 34 percent, exceeding 62 million worldwide over the next five years.

Booking analysis is based on transactional data sourced from Virtuoso’s travel agency members.

Related Articles

Virtuoso Reveals What’s Next in Luxury Travel

Bespoke, Mindful, Enriching Experiences Top Affluent Wish Lists

Stats: Luxury Travelers Plan to Spend More on Vacations in 2023

First in Service to Open New Headquarters in New York