Analysis1 conducted by Travelport (NYSE:TVPT) suggests South Africa, India and Bangladesh will have the most traveling fans at the Cricket World Cup 2019, which starts tomorrow in the United Kingdom.
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.
A statement revealed that as of Tuesday May 21, 2019, flight bookings overall made through all global distribution systems (GDS) to the UK for the period of the tournament, plus two days from May 28 to July 16 had increased by +47,939 (+3.0%) compared to the same period the previous year.
Out of the countries that are participating in the Cricket World Cup 2019, the greatest growth in flight bookings to the UK had come from India (+17,505). South Africa (+2,654), Bangladesh (+1,565) and Pakistan (+1,449) had also seen a significant uplift.
Stephen Shurrock, Chief Commercial Officer, Travelport, said they were pleased to see the Cricket World Cup is attracting more people to visit the United Kingdom, with overall flight bookings up by more than 45,000 during the event.