Adventure travel is a growing trend, Travel Leaders Group says
Adventure travel is on the rise, according to a recent survey done by the Travel Leaders Group, in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).
The survey was conducted among leisure-selling travel agents, primarily those who specialize in adventure travel.
Eighty-six percent of the respondents indicated they’ve experienced growth in their adventure travel sales over the past three years. Also of note, the number of respondents who reported that the average age of adventure travellers falls into the 29-40 age range versus 41-50 age range differed by only one percentage point, and a healthy 22 percent of adventure travellers falls into the 51-60 age bracket.
The survey also revealed that 65 per cent of survey respondents stated the majority of their adventure travel business involves trips of seven to 10 days in length and another 21 percent are most commonly booking journeys of 11 days or longer.
From a pricing standpoint, 30 percent of respondents said adventure travellers are spending $2000-3000 per person on average; another 33 percent cited an average spend of between $3000-5000 per person and 22.5 percent indicated consumers are typically spending $5000-plus per person on average.
“Clearly, adventure travel is on the rise and the average age of adventure travelers is expanding,” said John Lovell, CTC, president of Travel Leaders Network and Leisure Group. “Consumers are focused more and more on authentic, transformational and exciting travel experiences, which is helping to fuel the growth in adventure travel. And we are seeing many consumers spending big dollars on adventure travel to far-flung destinations on longer journeys as well as many who are combining active and adventure travel with some luxury elements,” Lovell commented.
The percentage of male versus female adventure travellers varied by only one percentage point (50.5 percent male; 49.5 percent female). However, a majority of the decision-making with respect to purchasing adventure travel is done by females (64 percent), consistent with travel purchase trends in the larger travel industry.
The survey results showed a strong mix of novice versus experienced adventure travellers.
Top 10 adventure travel destinations
Western Europe (France, Italy, Germany, U.K., Norway, Switzerland, etc.
Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala)
North America (U.S. and Canada)
South Pacific (New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti)
South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador)
Central Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland)
South and Southeast Asia (India, Malaysia)
Top 10 kinds of adventure travel
Culinary and Foodie
Small Ship Expedition Cruises
Sea Kayaking/Whitewater Kayaking/Kayak Touring
Biking/Road Biking/Mountain Biking
Multi-sport (i.e., hike/bike/kayak in one trip)
The survey indicated that adventure travelers are booking a mix of pre-organized tour operator packages and customized independent trips with neither category strongly leading the other.