Travelers are constantly changing, meaning that the travel industry is constantly changing in order to satisfy their needs. No one can predict exactly how the future will proceed, but there are some 2016 travel trends that can be picked out by those who pay close attention.
8 Travel Trends To Be On The Lookout For
Already 2016 has kicked off with some low fuel costs that positively impact road and airline users. This is not the only thing that is likely to impact travel trends for the year. Here are eight travel trends that we are likely to see.
1. A Booming Economy Means More Traveling
Unsurprisingly, this will mean more people traveling as well as more people spending more while out on their travels. Something that presents plentiful opportunities to profit for the travel industry.
2. Choosing Hotels Based On Connectivity
Given the number of digital devices on our persons, it should come as no surprise to learn that Americans are extremely concerned about being able to keep in touch with their friends and family members even when they are on the go.
As a result, more and more people consider in-room WiFi to be a critical factor when choosing where they are going to stay, which is something that hoteliers might want to keep in mind.
3. Hotel Farewell Amenities
According to Hospitality Trends, more and more hotels are providing their guests with farewell amenities in an attempt to maximize their impact. By making a big impression, they hope to instill fond memories in their guests, which could convince them to visit again and again in the future.
In some cases, farewell amenities are conditional upon the recipients returning, with one example being theater tickets for their next stay at the hotel.
4. Travel Abroad On The Rise
While it is still good to travel in our own country, traveling outside of the USA is also on the rise. The USD is likely to remain strong for the foreseeable future, meaning that more Americans are likely to take advantage of their increased purchasing power by visiting foreign countries.
Brazil is the perfect example of a country that will probably be seeing a lot of visitors because of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics. Similarly, Canada will also probably be seeing a lot of visitors because it is so close to so much of the United States.
5. Airlines Taking Advantage Of Jet Fuel Prices
Low petroleum prices mean low petroleum product prices. As a result, some airlines are choosing to pass the savings onto their customers in the form of lower ticket prices. So far, the phenomenon seems to be limited to low-cost carriers, which are stepping up to better compete with their established counterparts.
6. A Change In Luggage Choices
Checking a bag can be time-consuming, making it no coincidence that carry-on luggage is becoming more and more popular. In fact, 57 percent of Americans are choosing to travel with just their carry-on luggage, meaning that airlines are scrambling up to accommodate their needs.
7. Hotels Transforming Into Attractions
Once again according to Hospitality Trends, hotels are transforming themselves into attractions so as to spare their guests the hassle of having to navigate the crowds through unfamiliar streets.
Of course, Morris House Hotel is ahead of the curve in this regard because we are already a National Historic Landmark situated in the heart of Philadelphia.
8. Travelers In Search Of Novelty
TripAdvisor has conducted its TripBarometer study, which has produced some interesting insights. For example, 69 percent of travelers stated that they wanted to try something new in 2016, whether that meant heading out on their own, heading out on an adventure, or something else altogether.
Regardless of their exact intentions, this sentiment on the part of travelers means opportunities for travel industry businesses that offer something that most people have never experienced before.