Yalago: International travel to the US grows by 81% in 2022/2023
San Antonio, Texas, USA 19th May 2023: Yalago, part of the Emirates Group and one of the world’s fastest-growing leisure bed banks, has recorded an 81% increase in hotel bookings across the US from international travellers between 2022 and 2023, compared to the same timings pre-pandemic (2019-2020).
Dubai-based Yalago’s focus on the USA since its foundations in 2017 has seen its hotel accommodation portfolio across the country grow significantly, with a focus on those areas most popular with its global traveller base, including New York City, Las Vegas, and California.
In terms of outbound tourism, the leisure wholesale specialist, known for its market-leading rates, has recorded a 61% increase in hotel bookings from US travellers to the UAE in 2023, compared to the same timings last year. Dubai also represents the destination of choice for more than 17% of all Yalago’s US clients travelling internationally.
Travel from the US to Thailand has also witnessed a massive 230% growth compared to 2022, after the country’s full reopening for international travel last year. It comprises the top five most popular destinations with US-based travellers through Yalago in 2023 so far, alongside the UAE, Italy, UK, and France, respectively.
Mikael Hellstrom, Vice President of Sales – Americas at Yalago, commented: “The US continues to reflect one of Yalago’s fastest-growing source markets for both domestic and international travel. The region is also growing in popularity with inbound travellers, from across a range of global markets.
“From the start of 2023, Yalago’s focus on the USA has seen its hotel accommodation portfolio across the country grow by 71%, extending the reach of these properties to a wider global audience. In turn, through Yalago, US travellers can explore more of the world, at more affordable rates.”
Through its industry experience and global partnerships, Yalago aims to support worldwide travel companies in offering an ever-growing hotel portfolio to leisure travellers. Since its inception in 2017, the company has built a strong reputation for its market-leading rates, supporting the travel industry in offering significant savings to customers, with expertise in destinations including the US, UAE, and Indian Ocean – with particularly strong coverage in Florida, the Maldives, Spain, and more, as it continues to build on these destinations, alongside new locations, worldwide.
With a view to further grow its global footprint in 2023, Yalago is establishing and expanding teams in the US market, to increase direct contracting volumes. Already connected to prominent travel platforms across the country, Yalago aims to expand this further, maintaining a focus on quality product.
The Yalago team intends to take next steps in connecting with the US market at the U.S. Travel Association's IPW event for 2023, taking place May 20 - 24 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dedicated representatives on behalf of Yalago, alongside its VP of Sales – Americas, Mikael Hellstrom, will be on-hand throughout the event to connect with the industry.
The latest figures reported by Yalago are in reference to its financial year 2022-23 and 2019-20 that ended on 31st March in 2020 and 2023, respectively.