Tourism Industry Trends
- Independent-minded, digital-savvy twenty- and thirtysomethings are hitting the road in increasing numbers.
- Cruise lines are changing course for the Far East.
- Mobile: Paper tickets will become Passé.
- Sharing Transportation.
- Luxury tours will become more affordable.
- Responsible Travel.
- Security: Airport Clubs.
- Online villa- and apartment-rental services are focusing on fulfilling travel fantasies.
- "Laplets" are the next big thing.
- Navigation maps are getting smarter.
- Cheating on your airline.
- Hotels creating one-of-a-kind vacations.
- Airports will be more fun.
- In-flight technology.
(Source: Travel & Leisure, January 2013)
- Americans' attitudes toward travel have also improved. According to the latest MMGY Global travelhorizons™ survey, the Traveler Sentiment Index (TSI) is now more positive than the benchmark score recorded just prior to the Great Recession. The TSI rose 10 points in February 2013 as compared to October 2012. In addition, intentions for leisure travel are stable, with an estimated 57 percent of all U.S. adults, or 136 million people, planning to take at least one trip during the next six months. (Source: U.S. Travel Outlook, February 2013)
- According to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, 50 percent of Americans already have booked or plan to book travel in 2013 and 87 percent of those intend to spend the same or more than last year on their vacations. Noted popular travel trends included: exotic train itineraries; wildlife observation; "reliving" history; bicycling tours; and cruises to new destinations.