Total tourism & leisure industry M&A deals worth $6.3bn were announced globally in April 2021, led by Daniel Ek’s $2.5bn acquisition of Arsenal FC, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 37.1% over the previous month of $4.58bn and a rise of 120.4% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $2.85bn.

Comparing M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.88bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $2.74bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in April 2021 was the US with 17 deals, followed by the UK with five and Japan with three.

In 2021, as of April, tourism & leisure M&A deals worth $17.32bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 18.8% year on year.

tourism & leisure industry M&A deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five M&A deals accounted for 87.4% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five tourism & leisure M&A deals stood at $5.49bn, against the overall value of $6.3bn recorded for the month.

The top five tourism & leisure industry M&A deals of April 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Daniel Ek $2.5bn acquisition deal with Arsenal FC

2) The $1.5bn acquisition of Minnesota Lynx and Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball by Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore

3) $650m merger deal with Gores Metropoulos II and Sonder

4) The $535.28m acquisition of Big Time Gaming by Evolution Gaming Group

5) Bally’s $308m asset transaction deal with Gaming and Leisure Properties