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Taylor Swift And Swifties Are Already Boosting The Europe Economy, Here's How

In an astounding display of global economic impact, Taylor Swift and her devoted 'Swifties' are already making their mark and boosting Europe's economy, causing a surge in travel demand and hotel revenues across the continent, as her 'Eras Tour' is set to take the continent by storm, scheduled to kick off in May.

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Taylor Swift fans, also known as 'Swifties', are on their ways to stir up just another continent, combining their love for the 'Delicate' singer and previously observed consuming power. Taylor Swift's Eras Tour is making its way to 18 European cities this year, and the continent is already reaping economic benefits from it (witnessing Taylor's Version of their economy).

Boosted Travel Demand in Europe

The Swifties are causing a massive surge in air travel demand across Europe as they embark on the 'Eras' tour from May to August, according to a report by eDreams ODIGEO, a Spanish online travel booking company, released on Tuesday.

eDreams reported a substantial increase in flight demand to Stockholm during May 17-19, coinciding with Taylor Swift's scheduled performance, with a six-fold surge compared to the same time last year. 

Additionally, flight demand to cities hosting Swift's concerts such as Warsaw, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Paris saw remarkable jumps of 339%, 176%, 133%, and 108%, respectively, during the days around her shows.

The Barcelona-based company noted that demand for transatlantic flights was experiencing the most significant growth, indicating a strong interest from American Swifties in her European performances.

In addition to the top five cities, there have been noteworthy surges in travel demand to Zurich, Lyon, Milan, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Madrid, all of which are destinations where Taylor Swift is set to perform.

Boosted Hotel Revenues In Europe

Hotels and short-term rentals in the European cities where Taylor Swift is set to perform this summer are already experiencing high occupancy rates.

By August 2023, hotels in Cardiff and Liverpool in the UK, where Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform in June, had already reached occupancy levels exceeding 50% for her tour dates, according to a report from hotel research firm STR. This increase in demand was accompanied by price hikes, with rooms in Cardiff going for $230 more than their typical rates, as revealed by hospitality analytics firm Lighthouse.

In December, there was a remarkable surge in demand for short-term rentals during Swift's tour dates in Vienna, with a year-over-year increase of 1,989% (a clear nod to her album "1989"), and in Warsaw, Poland, a year-over-year increase of 2020%, as reported by vacation rental data firm AirDNA.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported that more than 250,000 people are expected to attend her concerts in Paris and Lyon, which is contributing to an economic boost through increased transportation and hotel revenue.

This unique trend highlights Taylor Swift's profound influence on the music industry and her ability to shake economies wherever she goes. This phenomenon in Europe is mirroring what has previously been observed and quantified in the US leg of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour.

'Swiftonomics': Taylor Swift Economics

Nick Mazing, the director of research at AlphaSense, stated that "Taylor Swift is practically a one-woman global economic stimulus program." He referred to a JPMorgan report estimating that her upcoming concerts in Australia will generate a substantial "windfall" of $140 million for Melbourne and Sydney.

These unique trends highlight Taylor Swift's profound influence on the music industry and her ability to shake economies wherever she goes. 

The phenomenon mirrors what happened in the United States when Taylor Swift took her highly profitable tour to 20 cities last year.