The Latest Travel Tourism Trends
So what are the travel tourism trends that will drive next year’s travel economy? We dug into the research and gathered the top travel tourism trends according to the latest industry reports. In 2019, you’ll want to keep up with all the latest trends and news in travel. Therefore, click here to go to the Travel Trends Newsletter https://www.traveltrends.biz. This is a publication written by Martin Kelly, who started the newsletter in the mid-2000s to support his conference business.
Travelers will increasingly search for off the beaten path destinations in the coming year. There has been a rapid growth of tourism in cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. Consequently, this has caused locals to feel pushed out of their own cities. Locals feel that these visitors have taken over their city streets, public spaces and even housing. Thus, leading to a decrease in the quality of life for residents.
With this in mind, more travelers than ever will opt for destinations that are similar to major cities. These places will be less crowded and less expensive. For example, rather than following the tourist trail to Barcelona, cities with impressive cultural offerings such as Seville and Valencia will be next on the list.
Genuine Culinary Offerings
Last year was all about eating only the most Instagram worthy meals and going to the most highly acclaimed restaurants. However, the future of culinary tourism will move away from expensive dining to more authentic food experiences. Visiting local markets and dining with locals in their homes will be major interests for travelers exploring new destinations.
Even entire vacations will be planned around food. Destinations being chosen based on their culinary offerings. For instance, Japan will be of particular interest next year for food travelers for its unique cuisine, traditional markets and innovative themed dining experiences.
Trips are no longer just about sightseeing and checking countries off your bucket list. One of next year’s travel trends is all about achievement travel. Travelers tired of doing the same old thing will seek out new travel experiences. This will allow them to achieve a goal or accomplish something they have never done before. Consequently, challenging situations like completing a marathon for the first time, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or walking the Santiago de Camino will play a major factor in where travelers decide to go next year.
This is similar to last year’s travel trend. Uniquely, this was all about becoming immersed in the local culture, connecting with the community while developing a rich knowledge and understanding of the place. However, next year there will have more focus placed on what you can get out of yourself rather than what you can get out of the community.
Mixing Business And Travel
Working nine to five every day doesn’t seem so bad when you’re a full time traveler
Rather than continuing last year’s “bleisure’ trend.” In 2019, business travelers will extend the concept for even longer periods of time. Nowadays more employees than ever before have the freedom to extend professional business stays by a couple extra days or even weeks for personal trips. Consequently, this is why the “bleisure” trend really took off last year!
However, next year extending a business trip by a few days will not be enough. Instead, working full time or even part time as a digital nomad for a month or more will become the thing to do. With access to reliable Wi-Fi, it will be easier than ever to live and work in different destinations for longer periods of time.
Community Focused Hotels
Next year, many hotels will focus their efforts on creating large communal spaces for guests, rather than enlarging the size of individual rooms. Consequently, today’s travelers increasingly seek out accommodations with designated spaces to hang-out in and mingle. These open lounge areas will be the focus point for social travelers who are looking for the comfort and privacy of a hotel. Also, they will seek the additional benefit of meeting new people and networking. For example, Marriot’s millennial-focused Moxy hotels are equipped with specially designed lounges with bartenders and coffee houses that are open 24/7.
Investing In New Hotel Technology
In 2019, investing in new technology will be a major priority for hotels. In particular, many hotels will dedicate higher budgets to improving Wi-Fi services with higher speeds and wider bandwidths. Many will be making an effort to make hotel guests’ stays more simple and seamless. Also, hotels will be investing in things such as artificial intelligence, automated check in and check out and mobile applications that cater to guests’ needs inside and outside of the hotel.
One such app is the Hilton Honors app, which allows guests to order room service, book spa treatments and even arrange airport transportation from their mobile phones. This will allow easy access to hotel features and services from the palm of their hands. Furthermore, travelers will be able to personalize their stay while allowing the hotel staff to focus on the guests’ experience.
Families of all ages will be traveling together more often in 2019.
Solo travel was a major theme in 2018, especially solo female travel. There will continue to be more options and inspiration for solo travelers next year. In 2019, we will see a major spike in interest in multi-generational travel. Family members of all ages will be traveling to reconnect and create new memories together. Options for all ages will be a necessity for travel brands. In the area of accommodation or activities, they will need to cater to not just one age range, but all.
In previous years, sustainable travel was one of the most talked about buzzwords. However, 2019’s newest travel term will be “conscious travel.” While sustainable travel mainly focuses on a traveler’s carbon footprint and the local economy, conscious travel includes an added element of community.
More than ever, travelers will be mindful of their impact on the economy in the areas visited. Furthermore, in making a conscious effort to go on eco-friendly tours and buy organic produce at local markets, travelers will be spending their money in ways that benefit the local economy and community. This includes opting for small boutique hotels over big chain hotels and local shops over international malls.