The Travel Price Index (TPI) declined by 2.7% in July month-over-month while overall consumer prices (CPI) were unchanged, marking the first monthly TPI decline since January 2022.
While July marked the first monthly TPI decline since January 2022 and the strongest decline since April 2020 on a year-over-year basis, TPI growth (17.5%), but it remained higher than CPI (+8.5%) in July, according to the U.S. Travel Association
There are many ETFs available for investors that offer broad exposure to the rebounding travel industry. Three popular options are the ALPS Global Travel Beneficiaries ETF (JRNY ) and the Defiance Hotel Airline and Cruise ETF (CRUZ ).
The two funds have rebounded meaningfully in the past month. JRNY and CRUZ have increased 15.6% and 13.3%, respectively, over a one-month period. Year-to-date, the funds are down -13.3% and -19.4%, respectively.
JRNY is the more diversified of the two offerings and carries an expense ratio of 65 basis points, slightly higher than the category average of 62 basis points. The fund has garnered $12.3 million in assets under management since its inception in September 2021, according to VettaFi.
Made up of 81 holdings, JRNY’s top holdings currently include Boeing Company (BA), Walt Disney Company (DIS), LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (MC), and Airbnb Inc. (ABNB) as of August 12, according to VettaFi.
CRUZ is the cheaper option in the segment, carrying an expense ratio of 45 basis points.
Composed of 57 holdings, CRUZ’s top holdings include Marriott International Inc. (MAR), Hilton Worldwide (HLT), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), Carnival Corporation (CCL), and Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) as of August 12, according to VettaFi.
Consumer leisure demand persists, making now a potentially good time to enhance portfolios with higher exposure to travel and leisure.
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