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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: Top 10 countries with surges in bookings as soccer fans head to France

June 12, 2019 Sports No Comments Email Email

Analysis1conducted by Travelport, a leading commerce travel platform, suggests thetop 10 countries that have significant numbers of travelling fans at the Women’s World Cup 2019, which started 7th June (Friday) in France. Australia (+297) was ranked at the seventh position.  

The volume of advanced flight bookings made through global distribution systems (GDS) to France were analysed and compared to the same period in the previous year.

Of the countries participating in the Women’s World Cup 2019, the greatest growth in flight bookings to France has come from the United States (+12,989) with more travelling fans then the rest of the other top 10 countries combined.Canada (+1,444) had also seen a significant increase with Brazil (+910) and South Africa (+657) following shortly behind.

Stephen Shurrock, Chief Commercial Officer, Travelport, says: “We’re really excited to see the Women’s World Cup 2019 generate such a global buzz, particularly for the competing nations and in support of the global growth of women’s sports. With a World Cup trophy already to its name and an ever-increasing fan base, it’s not surprising that the US, who are among the favourites to win, has seen a significant surge in flight bookings to France.

“Football has historically been very popular in Brazil and the nation’s optimism for winning this year’s Women’s World Cup doesn’t seem to be any different as it has the third highest number of travelling fans. Hosting the last Women’s World Cup seems to have boosted Canada’s following of the sport but also set the benchmark for this year’s tournament. The 2015 event attracted 1.3 million attendees across the duration of the competition, the highest ever recorded. As France is an easy to reach destination for the competing European teams, we think the 2019 Women’s World Cup will build on the growing momentum of women’s football and act as another global stage to showcase the sport’s athletic ability and drive diversity and equality, something we truly believe in at Travelport.”

GDS are vast hi-tech reservation networks that allow travel agents, travel management companies and large corporations, among others, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items. Additional bookings will have been made directly with airlines, which may or may not also have a GDS presence. Globally in 2018, Travelport alone processed 1 trillion transactions through its GDS.

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