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A round-the-world trip to the latest trends in tourism - Booking Boss

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The desire to travel and explore has always been an essential part of human existence.

What is changing though are travellers’ expectations of their experience on the road.

So what does all this mean for tour operators and attraction providers trying to capture the attention of today’s travellers?

Sit tight, and take a round-the-world trip with Booking Boss as we explore the top tourism and travel trends for 2016 - as predicted by Tourism Intelligence International.

Find out more at http://www.bookingboss.com.

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A round-the-world trip to the latest trends in tourism - Booking Boss

  1. 1. Paid vacation on the up Some forward-thinking companies and start-ups in the US are offering employees unlimited paid vacation. It’s predicted to have a positive impact on many tourism-dependant economies - more travellers means more money injected into local economies. 8 Sharing is caring (and disrupting) Uber.Airbnb. Couchsurfing.Tourism is changing and the popularity of peer-to-peer is on the rise.Travel is now much more personal, with local Uber drivers offering unique tours to the coolest spots with great customer service.Airbnb hosts provide cheap accommodation and insider tips for things to do in the local area. It’s no longer the companies with the biggest budgets that are cashing in on tourism. 50+ males ready to rock Men of a certain age (or MOCAS as coined by Tourism Intelligence International) are a growing market segment with changing expectations. In 2016, the over-50s male market 47% are bored, and ready for new experiences and things they haven’t done before like spas and grooming on holiday. Who’d have thought! 1 2 5 Boat leaves in 5 mins! Destination A Destination B 6 Chinese travellers on the move With a whopping 130 million outbound trips projected for 2016, tour operators need to pay attention to the needs of the Chinese traveller. Tourism Intelligence International says with only 5% Gadgets enhancing experiences From mirrors that show notifications and suitcases fitted with GPS trackers, it’s no wonder gadgets and gizmos are predicted to enhance the traveller experience in 2016. 7 Your suitcase has been located in Petra Taking the road less travelled Hipster Holidays are becoming a thing.This creative class of travellers are heading to the less-travelled and more creatively-focused ‘secondary cities’.The group, made up of intellectuals and artists are heading to cities with a love of creativity, craft beer, boutique shopping and quality coffee. Watch out for the beards and top buns if that’s your city! 9 Personalised travel tailoring the journey Geo-location tech paired with smart tech is going to change the tourism industry. Apple Watch and TripAdvisor are already excelling at leading travellers to the best local food haunts.The next step is personalised recommendations based on your personal preferences. For example, notifications telling you when the next guided bike tour is leaving to cross the Golden Gate Bridge. 10 It’s a family affair Get ready for nan, mum and dad and the kids to all join in on the fun. 40% of all active leisure travellers have taken at least one multigenerational trip.This market is getting ready to explode - with grannie’s cash and 77% of millennials researching and deciding what to do, tour operators best get their offers online! 60%Consumers spend 4 Everything in real-time We want it and we want it now. It’s not just Snaps and Instagrams in 2016. Travellers want to show off their experiences in real-time with live-streaming apps like Periscope. And their peers love it. Pegged to revolutionise travel and tourism, operators should consider marketing with new apps to attract the modern-day traveller. 3 Mobile consumption reigns This means social networking, working, playing games and, of course, researching their next destination. Make sure your offerings are mobile friendly, or risk losing a booking. of their online time on their smartphones. Book now A round-the-world trip to the latest trends in tourism The desire to travel and explore has always been an essential part of human existence. What is changing though are travellers’ expectations of their experience on the road. Unsurprisingly, many travel trends for 2016 go hand in hand with our ongoing infatuation with technology. From gadgets that tell you when your flight is departing to geo-targeted personal notifications advising you where to eat - technology is improving the life of modern nomads. So what does all this mean for tour operators and attraction providers trying to capture the attention of today’s travellers? Sit tight, and take a round-the-world trip with Booking Boss as we explore the top tourism and travel trends for 2016 — as predicted by Tourism Intelligence International. BROOKLYN Want to keep up with the latest trends in travel? Head to www.bookingboss.com to subscribe to our newsletter. Booking Boss is an all-inclusive online booking system that helps you grow your tour and activity business. U B E R U of the 1.3 billion population having a passport, the future potential from this market is astronomical.

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