Americans are excited and have no plans to cancel or postpone their holidays this summer despite soaring hotel room rent and airfare. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought the travel and tourism industry to almost a halt over the past two years.
However, things are looking brighter and an increasing number of Americans are planning summer holidays this year. This is likely to finally give a boost to the travel and leisure industry, which has been trying hard to get back on its feet. Thus, stocks like
Marriott International, Inc. ( MAR Quick Quote MAR - Free Report) , Choice Hotels International, Inc. ( CHH Quick Quote CHH - Free Report) , Malibu Boats, Inc. ( MBUU Quick Quote MBUU - Free Report) and Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation ( BVH Quick Quote BVH - Free Report) are likely to benefit in the near term. High Costs Less Likely to Dampen Travel Plans
The majority of Americans are vaccinated and the government is further easing restrictions ahead of the summer break. This is all being done as predictions are that more people plan to travel and this summer holiday.
According to a new report from Deloitte, 46% Americans plan to stay in hotels or other forms of paid lodgings this summer when they go on holiday. Among those who plan to go on holiday, the majority are young Americans. However, many above 55, who were till sometime back hesitant about traveling, as the pandemic is far from over, are also making holiday plans.
Interestingly, people are also willing to spend more. Rising costs have been a cause of concern but people don’t seem to mind that. According to the survey, three out of 10 travelers are even willing to spend more than what they did in 2019, or before the pandemic struck.
A separate poll by CarTrawler.com shows that people are in no mood to drop their vacation plans despite higher airfares and hotel room rents. According to the poll, 73% of Americans feel “positive” about holidaying this summer. This means 73% of the people plan to fly somewhere.
Yet another poll by World Nomads shows that 41% of Americans say nothing can stop them from holidaying this summer.
Domestic Travel Preferred on Higher Oversees Airfare
Most of the polls show that people this time are preferring domestic destinations. According to Deloitte, U.S.-based properties will attract most of the travel spend this summer, as only 15% of Americans plan to go holidaying at an international destination.
This is likely because of higher international airfares and unpredictable entry and exit restrictions. Of those traveling within the United States, 67% plan to stay at hotels, while 16% are planning other rental stays.
According to CarTrawler.com., 51% of those traveling plan to do domestic leisure travel.
The COVID-19 pandemic almost crippled the travel and leisure sector as tough restrictions were imposed on travel during the initial months following the outbreak. Although people started getting vaccinated in early 2021, it took longer for the economy to reopen as multiple variants of the coronavirus disrupted traveling.
Also, many people were initially skeptical about traveling despite being vaccinated as they feared contracting the virus.
However, they are a lot more confident now and are desperate to go on vacations after staying home for two years. Hence, higher airfares and room rents aren’t a factor anymore as people are ready to shell out a few extra bucks this time around.
This would be an opportune time to invest in stocks that are likely to benefit from the travel boom. We have handpicked four such stocks that carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy). You can see
the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Marriott International, Inc. is a leading worldwide hospitality company focused on lodging management and franchising, after the spin-off of its timeshare business into a publicly-traded company in November 2011. MAR’s classic premium hotel brands include Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, Delta Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments, and Marriott Vacation Club. Moreover, its distinctive premium hotel brands comprise Westin, Renaissance, Le Méridien, Autograph Collection, Gaylord Hotels, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels.
Marriott International’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 87.2%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 8.2% over the past 60 days. MAR sports a Zacks Rank #1.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. is one of the largest hotel franchisors globally. As of Mar 31, 2022, CHH had 6,996 hotels open, representing nearly 577,714 rooms. Choice Hotels International operates across 40 countries and territories internationally and is present in 50 states domestically and the District of Columbia.
Choice Hotels International’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 16.3%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 2.9% over the past 60 days. CHH has a Zacks Rank #2.
Malibu Boats, Inc. operates as a designer, manufacturer and marketer of sport boats primarily in the United States. MBUU sells its boats under two brands: Malibu and Axis Wake Research. Its boats are used for water sports like water skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing as well as for general recreational.
Malibu Boats’ expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 29.6%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 10% over the past 60 days. MBUU carries a Zacks Rank #1.
Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation operates as a vacation ownership company. BVH markets and sells vacation ownership interests and manages resorts in leisure and urban destinations. Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Bluegreen Vacations Holding Corporation’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 35.1%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 11.9% over the past 60 days. BVH carries a Zacks Rank #2.