According to a report by the World Tourism Organisation, “Black travellers are a growing segment of the global travel market, with an increasing interest in cultural tourism and unique travel experiences.” As a result, black travel has become an increasingly popular trend in recent years, with Black travellers worldwide seeking to explore and connect with different destinations, cultures, and experiences. We will delve deeper into the statistics and trends surrounding Black travel, exploring popular vacation spots, unique experiences, and luxury travel options available to Black travellers.
In a report by Forbes, the Director of Multicultural Marketing at Airbnb, Jonathan Mildenhall, said, “The growth in the Black travel market has been phenomenal, with a 60% increase in bookings by Black travellers in the past year alone.” The latest statistics show that Black travellers are a rapidly growing market, with spending reaching $109.4 billion in 2019 and projected to hit $126.2 billion by 2022. Black travel is increasing because people desire to explore new destinations, connect with diverse cultures, and embrace their cultural heritage.
Travellers are also attracted to unique experiences, off-the-beaten-path adventures, and luxury travel options. The rise of Black-owned travel businesses, social media, and the increasing diversity in luxury travel experiences have contributed to Black travel’s growth.
Popular Destinations and Vacations
The most popular vacation destinations for Black travellers are Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America. According to a study by Airbnb, the number of Black American visitors to Africa increased by 700% from 2015 to 2019. In Africa, popular destinations include Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa, with a growing interest in safari tours and cultural experiences.
Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas are among the top vacation spots in the Caribbean. According to a report by Mandala Research, 70% of Black American travellers reported taking at least one beach vacation in the past year.
In Europe, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK are hotspots. According to a report by the European Travel Commission, the number of Black travellers visiting Europe has increased by 131% since 2007. Likewise, the number of Black travellers in the UK has risen 170% over the past decade. According to VisitBritain, the UK’s official tourist board, Black travellers spent £300 million on tourism in the UK in 2019, with an estimated 770,000 visitors.
In a report by the European Travel Commission, the Executive Director, Eduardo Santander, said, “The growth of Black travel to Europe is reflective of the increasing diversity and interest in cultural experiences among travellers.”
In North America, popular destinations include the United States, Canada, and Mexico. According to a report by MMGY Global, 13% of African American travellers visited Canada in the past year, with Toronto and Vancouver being the most popular cities.
Black travellers also seek out unique and unconventional experiences, including adventure travel, cultural immersion activities, and off-the-beaten-path adventures. According to a report by Virtuoso, adventure travel is among the fastest-growing travel segments, with 44% of Black travellers expressing interest in adventure travel.
Cultural immersion activities are also popular, with Black travellers seeking to connect with their heritage and experience the traditions of other cultures. For instance, culinary tours, dance lessons, and historical tours are all popular among Black travellers. Black travellers are also keen to support Black-owned businesses and engage with local communities, promoting sustainable and responsible tourism.
Luxury travel is another growing trend among Black travellers, with high-end hotels and resorts offering more diverse experiences to cater to the unique preferences of Black travellers. According to a report by Mandala Research, Black travellers are the fastest-growing segment in the luxury travel industry, with spending projected to reach $109.4 billion in 2019.
Luxury brands are also creating capsule collections inspired by Black culture and traditions. For example, Gucci’s Cruise 2021 collection showcased vibrant Caribbean hues and prints, while Louis Vuitton’s LV Escale collection featured brightly coloured patterns inspired by traditional African fabrics.
Impact on the Travel Industry
The rise of this phenomenon has significantly impacted the travel industry, as travel companies and destinations seek to attract and cater to Black travellers. Black travellers are a diverse and discerning market with unique needs and preferences. The travel industry is recognising the importance of this market and adapting to meet their needs, creating new travel experiences and packages designed specifically for Black travellers.
For example, the black-owned travel company Nomadness Travel Tribe has created a community of Black travellers, providing them with resources, support, and access to unique travel experiences. The company offers trips to destinations such as Cuba, Colombia, and Brazil, focusing on cultural immersion, sustainability, and social responsibility.
The growth of Black travellers has also led to new luxury travel options, with high-end hotels and resorts offering more diverse experiences to cater to them. For example, the Conrad Washington DC offers a package specifically designed for Black travellers, including a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and a private dinner featuring Black culinary talent. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has also created a “Black History Tour,” taking guests to important historical sites in the city and offering a culinary experience inspired by African American cuisine.
Travel is increasingly popular due to a desire to explore new destinations, connect with diverse cultures, and embrace cultural heritage. Popular destinations include Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and North America, with unique experiences like adventure travel and cultural immersion becoming more popular.
The luxury travel industry also recognises the importance of the market, with high-end hotels and brands creating unique experiences and capsule collections. The impact of Black travellers on the travel industry is significant, with travel companies and destinations adapting to meet the individual needs and preferences of Black travellers. With projected spending to reach $126.2 billion by 2022, it is clear that they are a rapidly growing market in the travel industry, and their influence will continue to shape the future of travel.