Travel Trends for 2016

2016 is just around the corner, so what should we expect to change in the travel industry? Here are a few of AurTravel’s educated predictions:

  1. Bleisure Travel – Millennials are taking over! Millennials are trying to get employers to understand the importance of a work-life balance. With that being said, it is becoming more common to see employees combining their business trips with leisure vacation. Rather than visiting for two days for a conference, business travelers will extended their stay over the weekend or bring their significant other and/or family along.
  2. Luxury Travel – More and more luxury hotels are being built, but why? There aren’t that many people than can afford it, right? You’d be surprised! The luxury sector of travel has been doing exceptionally well for how quickly the amount of luxury hotels has increased. With social media marketing, it is easier for people to see a beautiful photo of a destination and justify the price of going because it would be worth the view and the story.
  3. Connectivity – Do you go anywhere without your phone? Me neither. Having the ability to stay connected while traveling is HUGE in deciding where to travel. Does your hotel have free Wi-Fi? If not, I don’t want to stay there. Our priorities have changed, and Wi-Fi access is at the top. More hotels and airlines will be adding free Wi-Fi to their list of amenities.
  4. Experiential Travel – The idea of travel isn’t to get from one place to the next. It’s about the journey along the way. You’re not just flying from Omaha to Cancun; you’re receiving excellent customer service and being pampered from the moment you arrive the airport to the moment you return home.

These predicted travel trends have already begun their entrance into the industry, but they won’t be considered “mainstream” or “expected” until 2016. What do you think the trends will be in upcoming years?

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