Total Tourism & leisure industry M&A deals worth $447.4m were announced globally in May 2022, led by Free2Move’s $105.18m acquisition of Share Now, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 46.04% over the previous month of $829.14m and a drop of 86.4% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $3.28bn.

Comparing M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $195.27m. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $182m.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for Tourism & leisure industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in May 2022 was the US with eight deals, followed by the Australia with three and India with two.

In 2022, as of May, Tourism & leisure M&A deals worth $4.33bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 66.1% year on year.

Tourism & leisure industry M&A deals in May 2022: Top deals

The top five M&A deals accounted for 77.5% of the overall value during May 2022.

The combined value of the top five Tourism & leisure M&A deals stood at $346.51m, against the overall value of $447.4m recorded for the month.

The top five Tourism & leisure industry M&A deals of May 2022 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Free2Move $105.18m acquisition deal with Share Now

2) The $105m acquisition of Wequassett Resort and Golf Club by EOS Investors

3) Alpine Acquisition $50m acquisition deal with Two Bit Circus

4) The $48.84m acquisition of Australian Life Tech by My Dna Life Australia

5) The Friedkin Group $37.5m acquisition deal for 13% stake with Associazione Sportiva Roma