Global Travel Stocks Look Strong in First Weeks of 2023 | ETF Trends

The ALPS Global Travel Beneficiaries ETF (JRNY) has had a strong start to 2023 as global travel stocks rally, outpacing broader markets.

Global travel continues to have its pulse on the state of the consumer with strong travel spending expected to persist into 2023, per the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

JRNY has increased 10.38% year to date as of January 18, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) has increased 2.37% during the same period, each on a total return basis.

Global travel stocks have been rallying on China’s recent decision to move away from its zero-COVID policy, lifting quarantining requirements for incoming travelers for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, resulting in a surge in airline bookings in China.

Airline stocks performed particularly well last week, increasing more than 12%, as investors were unfazed by the FAA system outage that grounded all U.S. flights. During the same week, the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines reported that the airline transported over 13 million international passengers in November, an increase of over sixfold from the year prior.

Composed of 79 holdings, JRNY’s top holdings currently include LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (MC), Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG), Estee Lauder Companies Inc (EL), Walt Disney Company (DIS), Marriott International Inc (MAR), American Express Company (AXP), Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (HLT), and Cintas Corporation (CTAS), according to ETF Database.

Nearly 64% of the fund’s holdings are U.S. companies. JRNY also offers exposure to France (9.33%), Japan (4.69%), China (4.26%), Switzerland (3.35%), Spain (2.36%), Mexico (1.81%), among others, according to ETF Database.

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