Discussions of Tourism

Discussions of Tourism

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) predicted that international tourism will continue its 4 percent growth rate and up to 2020, Europe will remain the most attractive tourism areas of the world. However, the share of the continent will reduce from 60 percent in 1995 to 45 percent in 2020. This is while frequency of remote travels will be more than domestic ones as it increases from 18 percent in 1995 to 24 percent in 2020. Read more

Distinctive Types of Tourism

Distinctive Types of Tourism

During past few decades, other types of tourism have attained increasing popularity. For instance, one could point to the following types:

“Adventure Tourism” in which rugged areas are visited or adventure sports such as mountain climbing or walking are done.

“Agritourism” in which travelling is done based on agricultural industry so as to support local agricultural economy of the region. Read more

Developments of Tourism

Developments of Tourism

During past few decades, tourism has significantly developed, especially in Europe. International travels for short holidays have turned out to be highly popular. The tourists have higher income and longer leisure time. In addition, they enjoy higher level of education and more diverse tastes. Therefore, they are seeking higher quality more than ever and the market of collective tourism for using beach sunlight and sand are highly distinguished. People are distinctively inclined toward such attractions. For instance, Club 18-30 has quieter and more luxurious hotels which are attractive to more people. Read more

Food Tourism

Food Tourism

When it comes to travel it always comes down to food at some point, doesn’t it? Food tourism has become an emerging trend among travelers everywhere and tourism experts have taken notice.
According to Skift UK Editor Patrick Whyte at TouRRoir 2016, food experiences are not limited to simply dining out. It includes cooking courses, farm tours and the classic food markets, which make up about 95% of these experiences.

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Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism

Global changes affect us all. More travelers are aware of the impact their experiences have on the planet and as a result, more are opting for sustainable measures in their travel.
 Global campaigns have been set in place to promote more sustainable forms of travel and industry professionals should expect a shift in the mindset of travelers everywhere. They will be more interested in the environmental, economic and social impact they’re making at the destination they visit and are likely to support companies that embody these values.

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Mobile Photography

Mobile Photography

It shouldn’t be surprising that tourists in 2017 are looking for ways to document their travels. Given the brilliance of modern mobile phone cameras, it’s only natural that more and more travelers are using their devices to capture these notable moments.
Tour operators and activity providers can benefit from tapping into this trend, as it will add to their marketing efforts. It’s the perfect social media marketing tool as it helps to build up user-generated content.
On a recent trip to Antelope Canyon in Arizona, I signed up for a guided tour that knew the value this trend could bring to their customers. While we passed through the iconic canyon, light streaming in at various portions, the tour guide offered us several opportunities to stop and take photos.

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Business and Leisure Travel

Business and Leisure Travel

7. Business and Leisure Travel

 Business and leisure travel or (as it’s affectionately known around here) “bleisure” is a favorite topic among tourism experts this year. It’s predicted to be a very lucrative trend for tour and activity providers in 2017 and some project that it will rise in popularity.
However, we’re not so convinced.
Business and Leisure Travel
Bleisure has been presented as a rising trend for several years, but there is more data suggesting its static in the past five years than its rise. It would suggest that this isn’t as much a trend as it is an observation of the latest traveler needs. For generations, people have been extending their business trips into leisure travel, so we can’t exactly say that this is an emerging trend.

 

Mobile Photography

Mobile Photography

 6. Mobile Photography

It shouldn’t be surprising that tourists in 2017 are looking for ways to document their travels. Given the brilliance of modern mobile phone cameras, it’s only natural that more and more travelers are using their devices to capture these notable moments.
Tour operators and activity providers can benefit from tapping into this trend, as it will add to their marketing efforts. It’s the perfect social media marketing tool as it helps to build up user-generated content.
On a recent trip to Antelope Canyon in Arizona, I signed up for a guided tour that knew the value this trend could bring to their customers. While we passed through the iconic canyon, light streaming in at various portions, the tour guide offered us several opportunities to stop and take photos.
Everyone set out to take photos, most of them on mobile phones. The guide even offered to help those who didn’t have much photography experience. When asked, he explained that he had taken a course in nature photography so he could help lead a better tour of the canyon.
 Mobile Photography
This point is even highlighted on their website and it helps to drive in tourists that might not have felt confident enough to take these photos otherwise. It builds an additional layer for an already stunning nature tour.
Look for areas within your tour that would make similar memories for your customers. But remember, many of the travelers want to see both iconic and unique photo prompts. Look for opportunities to capture both.

 

Responsible Tourism

Responsible Tourism

5. Responsible Tourism

Global changes affect us all. More travelers are aware of the impact their experiences have on the planet and as a result, more are opting for sustainable measures in their travel.
 Global campaigns have been set in place to promote more sustainable forms of travel and industry professionals should expect a shift in the mindset of travelers everywhere. They will be more interested in the environmental, economic and social impact they’re making at the destination they visit and are likely to support companies that embody these values.
Responsible TourismThere will likely be many mindful changes ahead for the modern traveler, like staying closer to home to reduce their carbon footprint. Tour businesses with a strong awareness of the impact they’re making will benefit greatly from their already established ecotourism practices. However that’s not to say that businesses who are just waking up to this trend will be far behind! Companies will need to develop a strong social focus.

 

Food Tourism

Food Tourism

4. Food Tourism

When it comes to travel it always comes down to food at some point, doesn’t it? Food tourism has become an emerging trend among travelers everywhere and tourism experts have taken notice.
According to Skift UK Editor Patrick Whyte at TouRRoir 2016, food experiences are not limited to simply dining out. It includes cooking courses, farm tours and the classic food markets, which make up about 95% of these experiences.
Food Tourism
These experiences are closely tied to the culture of the location. Many travelers consider it to be one of the best ways to get to know the story of the place they’re traveling to and it works as a valuable resource for tourism companies.
Operators who are providing a food experience can benefit by ensuring it connects products with people and the traditions of a destination. With this in mind, every stage of the customer journey can be actively reinforced.