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Skift Research : Travel Health Index

What is the Skift Travel Health Index?

The Skift Travel Health Index is a real-time measure of the performance of the travel industry and its core sectors across 22 countries focusing on all key travel sectors. The Index provides the travel industry with a powerful tool for strategic planning and tracking global travel performance. 

The Skift Travel Health Index comprises several key components to assess the travel industry:

  • Monthly global and country-specific travel indices.
  • Monthly country-level indices focusing on travel verticals such as hotels, vacation rentals, aviation, and car rentals.
  • Monthly performance of inbound, outbound, and domestic travel by country.
  • A view of the customer journey, starting with website visits and searches on booking platforms, progressing to actual bookings and reservations, considering factors like airline seat capacity, cancellations, passenger volumes, load factors, and actual accommodation stays.
  • A range of indicators that account for completed trips and future reservations currently in the booking pipeline.   

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Country Coverage

Country Coverage

The Index focuses on the travel performance in 22 of the largest tourism economies. Together, the countries account for 62% of inbound tourism receipts, 67% of outbound tourism expenditure, and 78% of global 2019 GDP.

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Brazil
  4. Canada
  5. China
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Hong Kong, China
  9. India
  10. Indonesia
  11. Italy
  12. Japan
  13. Mexico
  14. Russia
  15. Singapore
  16. South Africa
  17. Spain
  18. Thailand
  19. Turkey
  20. U.S.
  21. United Arab Emirates
  22. United Kingdom

The chosen countries represent a combination of the largest economies, top tourist destinations, and key origin markets. The selection intentionally includes net exporters of tourism (more inbound tourism than outbound tourism) and net importers of tourism to track how this impacts overall travel performance.

Index Design

The Index monitors 80 indicators per country, providing an evaluation of the health of the travel industry in each country. The indicators are grouped and aggregated into performance categories and further into sub-categories. At the top level, the division is by travel vertical. Each vertical is further divided into intent indicators, booking indicators, and key performance indicators.

Index Score Calculation

Index Score Calculation

The index is designed to provide an easy overview of the health of the travel industry. Skift Research has tracked the industry since the beginning of 2020. For 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024, data counts the performance of each indicator and compares it to the same time in the previous year. The Index provides a score relative to a baseline reading of 100 for the same month in the previous year. | Disclaimer | Over Zuyd Bibliotheek