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Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in the Travel & Tourism Sector – Thematic Research

The M&A deal value in the year 2020 under the travel and tourism sector was $85 billion and it grew by more than 84%. In terms of deal volume, 2021 saw 733 deals compared to 712 in the previous year, recording a growth of more than 2%. The travel and tourism sector recorded 433 domestic M&A deals in 2020. All regions except China reported an increase in deal volume in 2021, as compared to the previous year.

Overview of the global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector

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What are the market dynamics in the travel and tourism sector in 2021?

As the vaccine rollout worldwide increases the pace, with boosters available in several developed countries, there will be more holidaymakers journeying abroad.  Those with disposable income will want to make the most of travel, including luxuries that they do not have in their everyday lives. This will also be a form of escapism for those wishing to temporarily forget the stresses and uncertainty of the pandemic. As markets mature, companies will buy out luxury real estate and resorts, as well as high-end travel agencies, to cater to this market.

Which are the key regions in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021?

The key regions in the mergers & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 are North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC ex-China. All regions except China have reported an increase in deal volume in 2021, compared to the previous year.

Global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector, by key regions

Global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector, by key regions

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What are the key sub-sectors in the merger & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021?

The key sub-sectors in the merger & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 are lodging, travel services, transport infrastructure, passenger transportation, online travel sales. Lodging has been accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. The sub-sector recorded growth of 25% in terms of deal value in 2021, although deal volume dropped by 1% compared to 2020.

What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in 2021?

The biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector include digital media, the internet of things, online travel, geopolitics, artificial intelligence, ESG – environmental, ESG – social, ESG – governance, experience economy, and COVID-19. The top 20 global M&A deals in 2021 were driven by the premiumization & indulgence, experience economy, and sharing economy themes.

Which are the key players in the merger & acquisitions deals in the travel and tourism sector?

The key players that are driving global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 include Ride BidCo, American Express Global Business, Booking Holdings, Sun Communities, PAI Partners, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Stonepeak Partners, Cherng Family Trust, Canadian Pacific Railway, Cascade Investment, Hyatt Hotels, Pon Holdings and IFM.

Global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector, by key players

Global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector, by key players

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Market Report Scope

M&A deal value (2020) $85 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South, and Central America, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China.
Key themes Digital media, the Internet of things, online travel, geopolitics, artificial intelligence, ESG – environmental, ESG – social, ESG – governance, experience economy, COVID-19, premiumization & indulgence, digital media, and the internet of things.
Key sub-sectors Lodging, travel services, transport infrastructure, passenger transportation and online travel sales.
Key players Ride BidCo, American Express Global Business, Booking Holdings, Sun Communities, PAI Partners, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Stonepeak Partners, Cherng Family Trust, Canadian Pacific Railway, Cascade Investment, Hyatt Hotels, Pon Holdings and IFM.

Scope

  • This report provides an overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in travel & tourism sector.
  • It identifies the themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the travel & tourism sector.

Key Highlights

Global M&A activity in travel and tourism sector in 2021 grew 84% to reach $155 billion. There were 27 billion-dollar-plus M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector in 2021, compared to 20 in the previous year. Lodging accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. The sub-sector recorded growth of 25% in terms of deal value in 2021, although deal volume dropped by 1% compared to 2020.

Reasons to Buy

  • Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories; those who miss the big themes end up as failures. If you want to understand the themes that drive an industry, simply look at the list of recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • In this report we have listed down the most notable deals in Travel & Tourism sector to make it easy for our clients to get a view of themes disrupting the sector and prepare for the future.

Key Players

Ride BidCo

American Express Global Business

Booking Holdings

Sun Communities

PAI Partners

Singapore Technologies Engineering

Stonepeak Partners

Cherng Family Trust

Canadian Pacific Railway

Cascade Investment

Hyatt Hotels

Pon Holdings

IFM

AustralianSuper

Qsuper

Global Infrastructure

Conyers Trust

MGM Resorts International

Grab Holdings

Starwood Capital

Hilton Grand Vacations

Knighthead Capital

Certares Opportunities

The Blackstone Group

Nobina

The Cordish Companies

Apollo Strategic Growth Capital (APSG)

Etraveli Group

Park Holidays

Consumer Club

European Camping

Roper Technologies

Kansas City Southern

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Apple Leisure Group

Europcar Mobility Group

Sydney Airport Holdings

CityCenter

Altimeter Capital

Extended Stay America

Diamond Resorts International

Hertz Global

Bourne Leisure

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors

Friedman Capital

AWH Partners

The Roxborough Group

Brookfield Asset Management

MCR Development

Island Capital

Three Wall Capital

Ghassan Aboud Group

Host Hotels & Resorts

MarineMax

Sunstone Hotel Investors

Grand Caribbean Marinas

Reliance Industries

Foundation Asset Management (FAM)

Bally’s

Pro-invest Group

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Sequoia Capital China

Condor Hospitality Trust

Legacy Hotel Group

Villa Florence Hotel and Retail

Selenta Hospitality Group

DiamondRock Hospitality

Vincent Hotel

CityCenter Holdings

Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

KCS International

Montage Healdsburg Resort

Villa Marina

Stoke Park

The Grand Group

Gaming and Leisure Properties

Greenland Australia

Welk Hospitality Group

Zhejiang New Century Hotel Management

Attestor Capital

Volkswagen Group

Ocean Link

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the merger & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 are North America, Europe, China, South, and Central America, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China. 

 

 

 

 

The biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector include Digital media, the internet of things, online travel, geopolitics, artificial intelligence, ESG – environmental, ESG – social, ESG – governance, experience economy, COVID-19, premiumization & indulgence, digital media, and the internet of things.

The key sub-sectors in the merger & acquisitions deal activity in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 include lodging, travel services, transport infrastructure, passenger transportation, online travel sales.

The key players that are driving global M&A deals in the travel and tourism sector in 2021 include Ride BidCo, American Express Global Business, Booking Holdings, Sun Communities, PAI Partners, Singapore Technologies Engineering, Stonepeak Partners, Cherng Family Trust, Canadian Pacific Railway, Cascade Investment, Hyatt Hotels, Pon Holdings, IFM.

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