Tourism and travel in 2010 will remain depressed, but travellers will demand more individualised holidays, and will be seeking value for money, in the form of good rates, travelling to countries that offer good exchange rates, and joining clubs that offer exclusive discounts, according to the website www.mrandmrssmith.com, reports The Star.
Stark minimalist hotels will be replaced with homely “granny-chic” ones, which are comfortable and “homey”. “Green” travel becomes more important, with travellers checking out the “green credentials” of their destinations.
The Top 10 specific travel and tourism trends highlighted by the website are the following:
1. “Cheap-chic holiday houses and apartments”, opening up more self-catering accommodation with higher levels of service and presentation
2. Guest Houses and B&B’s will become “Boutique”, as have their hotel counterparts, to give them “come-hither sexiness”
3. All-inclusive packages, with no hidden service charges or extras
4. Hotels are increasingly becoming environmentally independent, to lower their carbon emissions – water from a local spring, solar energy, saving seabirds, etc.
5. “Bleisure” travel will increase, whereby business and leisure travel are combined, with business travellers wanting their corporate travel needs met, but within a leisure environment, or adding on extra time to a business trip, to which they invite their partner.
6. Mexico, and surrounding countries, have increased in attractiveness as a luxury travel destination
7. “Traincations” will increase, with high-speed train travel across Europe.
8. “Flashpacking” is backpacking with a higher budget and more style, closer to 5-star accommodation than youth hostels
9. “Granny chic” is a move away from “look-don’t-touch minimalist” to “traditional-with-a-twist homey comforts” hotels.
10. “Hip hotels” that are family friendly – they not only “tolerate” children, but welcome them and make the family holiday an enjoyable one.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com