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A total of 79 deals (mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, and venture financing were announced in the global travel and tourism sector during November 2021, which is an increase of 9,7 percent over the 72 deals announced in October 2021, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Companies that invest in the right themes become success stories, while those that miss the big themes end up as failures, according to GlobalData.

The leading data and analytics company’s brand new report, ‘Tech, Media & Telecom Predictions 2022’, identifies the thirty themes GlobalData predicts will cause the most disruption in 2022. Below, analysts at the Thematic Research team at GlobalData offer their views on five of these themes: the metaverse, batteries, cryptocurrency, space economy and environment, social and governance (ESG) issues.

Indian tourists will be some of the most desirable travellers, given India’s growing economy, young population and rising middle class, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that the country is projected to reach record levels of 29 million outbound trips by 2025 – a buoyant outlook considering the strains of COVID-19.

UK-based domestic airlines will see the reduction in domestic air passenger duty (APD) as a vital boost to the aviation industry. With demand for domestic trips rising, combined with the halving of APD in 2023, airlines could benefit extensively, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Job postings marginally declined month over month (MoM), in September of this year, verses August, but the number of active jobs increased by 9,1 percent, according to GlobalData’s Job Analytics database. The leading data and analytics company notes that there were over four million active jobs up for grabs in September globally.

European travellers are set to become a key source market for the Gulf region, especially Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which will help their post pandemic tourist industry recovery.

Post-pandemic travel recovery has led people to head out to explore outdoors with various tourist activities, a way to address the individual mental health. An analysis of GlobalData’s Social Media Analytics (SMA) Platform, which identifies and tracks the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation among discussions of Twitter Influencers and Redditors, has revealed ‘Hiking’ as the most popular tourist activity during the first half (H1) of this year.

Vaccine tourism, where tourist hotspots are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations on holiday to attract visitors, is a double-edged sword as, while it could assist travel’s restart, it also raises the question of vaccine equity as it will further increase the divide between the wealthy and less privileged, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.  

A desire to reconnect with family and friends after a year of stringent lockdown measures due to COVID-19 is likely greater than a leisure getaway this year, and therefore its power should not be underestimated in travel’s recovery, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

With Australia battling a rise in COVID-19 cases, domestic travel has reduced drastically. While Australia’s domestic recovery was strong in the first half (H1) of this year, the reintroduction of lockdowns and state border closures will serve as a blow, and set to weaken and slow down the domestic travel recovery. Additionally, Qantas airline standing down its staff signals the prospect of a longer road to recovery, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.