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  • Published On : Feb 2024
  • Code : CMI1436
  • Pages :160
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

The luggage Market size is valued at US$ 20.93 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach US$ 35.67 Bn by 2031, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2024 to 2031.

Global Luggage Market- Regional Insights

  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest market for luggage, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 38% during the forecast period. The growth of the luggage market in Asia Pacific is attributed to increasing demand for luggage in countries such as India and China.
  • North America is expected to be the second-largest market for luggage, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 29% during the forecast period. The growth of the luggage market in North America is attributed to increasing demand for luggage in countries such as U.S. and Canada.
  • Europe is expected to be the fastest-growing market for luggage, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 18% during the forecast period. The growth of the luggage market in Europe is attributed to increasing demand for luggage in countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia.

Figure 1. Global Luggage Market Share (%), By Region, 2024

Luggage Market By Region

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Analyst’s Views:

Global luggage market witnesses growth due to rising disposable incomes and increasing international travel. Higher spending on leisure and business trips is prompting more consumers to purchase new and replacement luggage products. The fashion conscious younger demographic boosts demand for designer and tech-enabled luggage. While North America and Europe remain sizeable markets, the emerging economies of Asia Pacific are expected to be the fastest growing region over the long term.

However, geopolitical tensions and threats of a global recession pose challenges. An economic slowdown could negatively impact the travel industry and dampen luggage sales. Also, the market faces threats from the pre-owned and rental luggage business models which are gaining traction.

Nevertheless, opportunities lie in expanding the portfolio into different luggage categories, strengthening the online and Omni channel distribution network and offering value-added services. Technology integration can further enhance the consumer experience through features like smart tagging, anti-theft alarms and real-time tracking. Partnerships with major airlines and hotels provide opportunities to reach more customers.

Global Luggage Market- Drivers

Increasing Tourism and Business Travel: Increasing globalization and economic development have led to a rise in international tourism and business travel over the past decade. As more people travel for leisure and work around the world, demand for luggage to conveniently transport personal items has also grown significantly.

With international tourist arrivals rising from 0.76 Bn in 2010 to over 1 Bn in 2020 according to United Nations World Tourism Organization data, travellers require suitable bags, backpacks and trolleys to pack for their trips abroad. Growing global business interactions have prompted frequent travel among professionals from various industries. Whether for short business meetings or extended client visits, these people depend on luggage to easily carry documents, laptops and other daily necessities while on the move.

This upsurge in tourism and commercial travel across borders has opened up huge opportunities for the global luggage industry. A wide variety of bags catering to different trip durations and purposes have entered the market. Ranging from compact carry-on bags suitable for quick weekend getaways to large suitcases for extended family vacations, innovative products are addressing the diverse luggage needs. Smart features such as double wheel systems, multi-device charging, and global lost-and-found registration have enhanced user convenience.

Increase in Travel and Outings: The tourism and travel industry has witnessed tremendous growth over the past few years. As people are travelling more for various purposes like holidays, business trips, family visits, and others, there has been a notable rise in demand for luggage products globally. With increased mobility and growing inclination towards experiencing new places, cultures and adventures, travel and outings have become an important part of lifestyle for many. This has provided a big fillip to the luggage market. People need luggage of various types like suitcases, bags, backpacks and other travel accessories to carry their belongings comfortably during their journeys. The growing suitcase and travel bag segment within the overall luggage industry is a testament to this rising travel trend. Products are being innovated to meet the evolving needs of travellers such as lightweight and durable suitcases with plenty of storage, trolleys with multiple compartments, smart bags with USB ports, and others.

The increased economic opportunities and higher disposable incomes in developing nations have also contributed to this growth. Therefore, the consistent expansion of the travel industry aided by growing affluence, easy connectivity and changing cultural preferences is a major driver propelling the global luggage market ahead. Although international travel was impeded during the pandemic, the overall long term outlook for this industry and luggage sector remains positive as mobility resumes backed by widespread vaccination.

Global Luggage Market- Opportunities

Demand for Lightweight and Durable Bags: The demand for lightweight and durable bags is a huge opportunity for growth in the global luggage market. Over the past few years, there has been a strong shift towards more sustainable and eco-friendly bag options across both business and leisure travel. Customers are increasingly prioritizing bags that are lightweight for ease of carrying but also hold up well over repeated use. This preference for lighter yet resilient bags aligns well with the trends in global travel patterns. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in 2020 despite the pandemic compared to 2019. As travel continues recovering globally, luggage manufacturers that offer innovative yet durable lightweight bags stand to benefit tremendously.

Such bags meet the needs of present-day travellers well. Their lighter weight means less stress on travellers who often juggle multiple bags, devices and documents while rushing through busy airports or hauling luggage up many train station or hotel stairs. However, the sturdiness of these new materials like carbon fiber, polycarbonate and high-density nylon ensure the bags hold up against the bumps of frequent travel. This valuable combination of traits has seen some bag companies featuring these qualities grow revenues by over 15% year on year according to their recent financial reports.

Emergence of Online Retailing: The emergence of online retailing provides tremendous opportunities for growth of global luggage market. As more people conduct their shopping online out of convenience and choice, luggage brands now have alternative channels to directly reach consumers anywhere and anytime. With just a click, consumers can browse through various luggage designs, styles, sizes and price points from the comfort of their homes. People no longer have to visit physical stores which have limited inventory on display or depend on the availability of particular products locally.

Online retailing helps luggage brands to build global presence and cater to diverse consumer demands. Shoppers searching for specific features or the latest collections can easily find and purchase them online instead of waiting for or missing out on products in stores. Especially post pandemic, as international travels resume, online sites are projected to become the preferred choice for travelers to purchase luggage needed for upcoming trips. These provide seamless shopping experience without worrying about the luggage getting sold out by the travel dates.

This rapid expansion of e-commerce offers new avenues for luggage brands to penetrate global markets and expanding customer base which would drive volume growth. With rising digital connectivity, online retailing is expected to play a pivotal role in the upcoming years in shaping future growth trajectory of the global luggage market.

Luggage Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 20.93 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 - 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 7.9% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 35.67 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type:  Travel Bags, Trolley & Duffle Bags, Lifestyle Bags, Backpack, Garment Bags, Business Cases, Briefcases, Attache Cases, Business Backpacks, Others (Casual Bags, etc.)
  • By Distribution Channel: Wholesale & Specialty Stores, Hypermarkets, Supermarkets, Online Stores, and Others 
  • By Price range: Mid Range, Low Range, and Premium Range 
  • By Category: Soft-side and Hard-side
Companies covered:

Tapestry Inc., Rimowa GmbH, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A., Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., Samsonite International S.A, Coach Inc, VF Corporation, Antler Limited, Delsey S.A., Bric's Industria Valigeria Fine SpA, Etienne Aigner AG, and VIP Industries Limited.

Growth Drivers:
  • Increasing Tourism and Business Travel
  • Increase in Travel and Outings
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Rising online counterfeits

Global Luggage Market- Trends

Focus towards Eco-friendly Luggage: Global luggage market is witnessing a notable shift towards more eco-friendly and sustainable luggage options as consumer preferences evolve. There is a growing demand for luggage made from recycled, recyclable and natural materials that have a lower environmental impact. Companies are increasingly focusing on utilizing recycled plastic, organic fabrics and other renewable resources in their luggage manufacturing processes.

For instance, in 2021, major brands like Tumi, Patagonia and Away offered luggage lines made partially or completely from recycled polyester. Recycled polyester is created from discarded plastic bottles, and its use reduce plastic waste. Similarly, Eco-Age, a sustainability consultancy,  partnered with carrier Rimowa to launch a unisex collection made of recycled aluminum and recycled polycarbonate in December 2021. The collection helped Rimowa to lower its carbon footprint.

This trend towards eco-friendly alternatives is being fueled by growing environmental consciousness among younger consumers and changing regulations. According to a survey by The United Nations Environment Programmed (UNEP) in 2021, over 70% of Gen Z consumers indicated them would change to brands more committed to social and environmental issues. Separately, the European Union implemented stringent rules on durability and reparability of products in its Eco design Directive in 2021, pushing luggage brands to make more sustainable design choices.

The shift towards eco-friendly luggage shows no signs of slowing. As consumer awareness and demand for sustainable products rise, major brands will have to continuously innovate with new green materials and manufacturing practices to remain competitive in the evolving luggage marketplace.

Adoption of Smart Luggage: The adoption of smart luggage is having a significant influence on the global luggage market. Smart luggage integrates technology features like GPS tracking, USB charging ports, wheels that charge devices, and scales to weigh bags right on the luggage. As travelers become increasingly dependent on their mobile devices and wish to easily track their bags, smart luggage addresses these key consumer needs. Major luggage brands like Away, Raden, and Samsonite are strongly promoting their smart bag offerings. As a result, the share of smart and connected luggage has been steadily increasing compared to traditional hard-shell and soft-sided bags.

The growing popularity of smart luggage is encouraging other existing luggage brands to incorporate basic smart features into their classic bag collections. It is also prompting the entry of new startups solely focused on designing innovative smart bags. Consumers expect their luggage to seamlessly integrate with their mobile and complement their constantly connected lifestyles. Smart functions alleviate many travel hassles and offer a sense of security when checking bags. This has made smart luggage very appealing to frequent leisure and business travelers alike.

By addressing key pain points of modern travelers and their urge to be constantly connected, smart luggage has emerged as a game-changing trend in the global luggage industry. It is spurring existing players to incorporate smart attributes and attracting new market entrants as well. Continued air travel growth indicates further opportunities for smart bag manufacturers to capture the demands of frequent travelers seeking stress-free travel experiences.

Global Luggage Market- Restraints

Rising online counterfeits: The rising issue of online counterfeits is posing serious challenges for the growth of the global luggage market. With the increased penetration of internet and e-commerce platforms, fake and duplicate luggage items have become widely available which is confusing customers and threatening the brand image of original manufacturers. Counterfeit products are nearly identical copies of original luggage in terms of appearance and design but are of very inferior quality. These use low grade materials and components which have very low durability. Customers who purchase these thinking them to be original, often end up with luggage that gets damaged or wears out in just one or two uses. This results in poor customer experience and dissatisfaction. It also diminishes the aura of reliability and longevity associated with well-known luggage brands. Various international studies conducted by World Customs Organization revealed that out of every 10 products sold online, nearly 4-5 were counterfeits. This flooded supply of fakes hampers repeat sales and future purchases from genuine manufacturers.

Another challenge is that these duplicate products are often sold at much lower costs compared to originals to lure customers. However, their lifetime ownership cost is high since these need frequent replacements. This distorts customer’s perception about actual price-value of quality luggage. Several customer reviews published on e-commerce sites and social media platforms complain about the fake luggage purchased online. This creates distrust among viewers about the authenticity of products sold over internet. Original brands end up losing prospective customers and market share to these unauthorized duplicates. Stricter regulations and technology solutions are needed to curb online counterfeits in order to establish a level playing field for growth of reputed luggage brands.

Counterbalance: To overcome this restraint, the key market players need to take action. The surge in online counterfeits has prompted the need for robust anti-counterfeiting measures, spanning from supply chain management to e-commerce transactions, to safeguard consumers and legitimate businesses from the adverse effects of counterfeit products, which might increase the global luggage market's growth.

Recent Developments:

New Product launches:

  • In July 2023, Louis Vuitton Malletier, a France-based luxury fashion house and company founded by Louis Vuitton that offers handbags, travel, wallets, leather goods, jewelry, shoes, watches, perfumes, accessories, and other related products, launched the Taurillon Monogram collection on the Echoing Maison runway. The collection included the Christopher backpacks, the slim Sac Plat mini, and the Keepall25.
  • In April 2023, Samsonite International S.A, a leading company in the luggage and travel accessories industry that offers a wide range of products including durable and innovative luggage, business cases, backpacks, and travel accessories, launched a Luggage Trade-In campaign offer, supporting its commitment to sustainability. The company, with its local partners WWF Philippines and Envirotech, called for trade-ins of any brand or size and offered up to 35%off on Samsonite's Oc2Lite and Niarmodels.

Mergers and Acquisition:

  • In January 2021, Louis Vuitton Malletier, a France-based luxury fashion house and company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton that offers handbags, travel, wallets, leather goods, jewelry, shoes, watches, perfumes, accessories, and other related products, acquired iconic American jeweller Tiffany for US$ 16.2 Bn. The acquisition was the biggest-ever deal for the French group owned by Bernard Arnault.

 Figure 2. Global Luggage Market Share (%), By Price Range, 2024

Luggage Market By Price Range

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Top Companies in the Global Luggage Market

  • Tapestry Inc.
  • Rimowa GmbH
  • Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A.
  • Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc.
  • Samsonite International S.A
  • Coach Inc
  • VF Corporation
  • Antler Limited
  • Delsey S.A.
  • Bric's Industria Valigeria Fine SpA
  • Etienne Aigner AG
  • VIP Industries Limited

Definition: The luggage refers to the bags, suitcases, or other containers that hold a traveller’s belongings. It encompasses the items individuals take with them when traveling, such as suitcases, trunks, backpacks, or any other form of storage used to transport personal possessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Rising online counterfeits is expected to hampering the growth of global luggage market.

Increasing tourism and business travel and increase in travel and outings are the major factors driving the growth of the global luggage market.

Mid Range sub-segment is the leading price range segment in the global luggage market. 

Major players operating in the global luggage market includes Tapestry Inc., Rimowa GmbH, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A., Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc., Samsonite International S.A, Coach Inc, VF Corporation, Antler Limited, Delsey S.A., Bric's Industria Valigeria Fine SpA, Etienne Aigner AG, and VIP Industries Limited. 

Asia Pacific region leads the global luggage market.

The CAGR of the global luggage market is 7.9%.

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