Travel Insurance in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Travel insurers faced steep revenue declines during the recession. Declining consumer disposable income meant fewer people were traveling and purchasing travel insurance. However, the industry returned to growth in 2010. Consumers became more sensitive to the potential losses associated with airline delays and cancellations, prompting them to buy travel insurance. The industry is expected to continue growing over the next five years and expand into niche markets catering to students and business travelers. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Travel Insurance industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Consumers are more likely to protect their travel investment, boosting industry demand

The US Travel Insurance industry provides trip protection, personal effects protection, emergency medical coverage and a multiple of specialized coverages for travel risks US consumers face. Over the five years to 2012, IBISWorld estimates industry revenue to grow at a 1.6% average annual rate to $2.7 billion. “An aging population, increased globalization of markets and rising consumer disposable income underpinned growth in the underlying travel market each year, with the exception of 2009,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Doug Kelly. The recession from 2008 to 2009 caused consumer discretionary spending and, therefore, consumer spending on travel to plummet. As a result, industry revenue growth slowed in 2008 before declining in 2009. Industry revenue returned to growth in 2010 and 2011. The recession and associated turmoil in the international airline industry boosted demand for travel insurance: consumers were more sensitive to protecting their investments in travel expenditures due to higher risk of flight cancellations and delays.

The Travel Insurance industry has a low level of market share concentration. In 2012, the top companies are AIG and the American Express Company. Industry concentration has increased over the past five years because many consumers viewed travel insurance as an extra cost and, consequently, did not purchase this insurance. As consumer disposable income increases, and purchases of vacations and travel insurance increase, more companies will enter the industry, lowering market share concentration.

Over the five years to 2017, IBISWorld estimates US Travel Insurance industry revenue will rise. This growth will be closely linked to continued growth in consumer disposable income and the continuation of favorable demographic and globalization trends. “In addition, the increased frequency and severity of natural disasters resulting from climate change are expected to increase the percentage of overall trips US residents choose to insure with travel insurance,” continues Kelly. Growth in online and mobile distribution channels and niche travel markets, such as the US study abroad and frequent business traveler markets, will also provide a boost to the travel insurance industry. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Travel Insurance report in the US industry page.

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This industry underwrites (i.e. assumes, pools and spreads out risk of financial losses over policyholders in exchange for premiums) travel insurance policies. Coverage can include losses from trip cancellation and delay, lost baggage and medical emergencies.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
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Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
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Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
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