Largely a trend among people 50 and
older, river cruising is enjoying double-
digit growth and alluring over one million
travelers per year. The trend recently
emerged, and, not surprisingly, almost
all river cruise ships have been built
in the last ten years.
Cruise Ship by Nicole Macdonald from the Noun Project
A couple years ago, the travel obsession
was all about space. 2017 might prove that
the ocean could take its place as the true
“final frontier.” Although the trend is
currently more popular outside the U.S.,
Key Largo, Florida, houses the oldest
underwater hotel, Jules’ Undersea Lodge.
In the Loop:
The world is getting closer to a
new mode of transportation. The
almost supersonic, energy efficient
Hyperloop One is positioning itself
as selling time, not transportation.
A full scale prototype is set to test
in the Nevada desert this year.
Look for the first commercial debut
to go from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in
Train by Nathan Driskell from the Noun Project
Get to these before they’re gone! Vanishing or threatened
destinations, like Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef,
beckon travelers who crave a “one last chance” experience.
Just remember to tread softly, travelers.
Bear by Visual Glow from the Noun Project
Hello, Cuba! The recently
lifted trade embargo
promises steady growth
for this country’s tourism.
locations include South
Africa, India, Iceland,
Compass by Marco Galtarossa from the Noun Project
With the increase in mergers and
customization, look for added
travel loyalty program perks.
Bones by Jennifer Cozzette from the Noun Project
Travel is quickly turning into
a force for good. Popular
destinations for voluntourism
include more remote destina-
tions that motivate today’s
traveler, like the furthest
reaches of Latin America
and Africa...with the added
bonus of helping humanity.
Rapport, Not Robots:
Guests value friendliness and human
interaction when they visit hotels.
According to a study by Ritz-Carlton,
73% of consumers say friendly employees
or customer service representatives can
make them fall in love with a brand.
However, when it comes to transportation,
we’re totally looking forward to the
automated variety taking the travel stage
in the next few years!
A study by Preferred Hotels Group shows that 91% of millennials
surveyed said they try to take a multigenerational trip every year.
And nearly half of the Boomer generation vacations with their
children and grandchildren annually. Maybe it’s about time to
start planning that family vacation.
Family by icon dots from the Noun Project
Do people actually prefer staycations,
or do they have separation anxiety
about leaving their pets? According
to a report by Sojourn, an impressive
number of vacationers (about one out
of five) are staying at home to take
care of the furbabies. Hotels and
travel services are taking strides to
accommodate travelers, whether they
have four legs or two.
Pig by Hycan from the Noun Project
Travelers, tech has your back this
year with the increasing popularity
of advisory apps that could keep
you out of harm’s way. Travel
managers, this is for you: You can
get real-time tracking data and
prevent risks for your team.
Footsteps by Giuditta Valentina Gentile from the Noun Project
Places, Not Things:
Blame the influence of Marie
Kondo’s minimalist bestseller and
the Millennials’ influence, but most
travelers prefer doing stuff to
getting stuff as the consumerist
culture is replaced by a more
Backpack by mungang kim from the Noun Project
A Sense of Community:
Co-living communities are a cure-all for
loneliness in urban areas. A close cousin
the infamous hostel, co-living spaces
provide the mysterious blend of
autonomy and closeness.
Medicine by Yorlmar Campos from the Noun Project
Baggage check? Overhead compartment
fees? Water? Watch your spending in 2017
because airlines are really racking up the
fees. According to a study conducted by
IdeaWorksCompany, 2017 will see an
increase in spending as the ancillary flight
category will continue to gain altitude. In
fact, extra airline fees could contribute to
over 10% of total airline revenue by the
end of the year.
The Future is Flat:
Due to a global uncertainty and
political changes, travel growth and
rates will likely hold steady in 2017.
Of course, we all prefer to hear that
rates plummeted and our vacations
and business travel will get cheaper,
but there are travel management
services like CLS out there to help
control those costs.
Earth by emilegraphics from the Noun Project
Among the travel sectors,
the one that’s grown the
most is perhaps the least
expected: luxury travel...
growing at nearly twice
the rate of the other
sectors, according to a
study conducted by
World Travel Monitor.
Diamond by anbileru adaleru from the Noun Project
Travel From Home:
Think inside the box! Now you can get
travel takeaways delivered right to
your door with subscription services
like Try the World. Or, try out the latest
trends in virtual reality.
Box by Ashley Ma from the Noun Project