The latest trends in travel and tourism

With the rise of low-cost airlines and a growing middle class around the world, the tourist industry has changed immensely. Although traditional travel comprising planned packages and all-inclusive stays is still alive and well, other types of travel are booming. Technology plays a significant role in many of the advancements in travel and tourism. Ten years ago, travelers had to buy or print a map, whereas today they can access one on their mobile phones.

At any rate, technology isn’t the only factor for change within the world of travel. Lifestyles of today are entirely different. Travelers have more information, more access and overall higher expectations for their journeys. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the latest trends in the travel and tourist industry in 2019.

Micro trips

A long weekend trip out of town has become one of the more popular recent trends in travel. As flight connections improve and the price of car rentals drop, it’s never been easier to skip town and go on a short adventure. Accommodation also plays a significant role in the ease of planning a great micro trip. The widespread availability of these three key factors allows travelers the opportunity to see somewhere new in a short time.

For local economies, this is a serious advantage. There’s no need to wait for summertime to roll around to start raking in profit. Micro trips inject small, albeit helpful bursts of money into smaller economies throughout the year. As far as travelers are concerned, a micro trip is also an excellent way for them to travel on a budget.

Solo travel

Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth and boundless freedom. It can also be daunting, especially if you’ve never travelled solo before.

However among other countries, Sri Lanka is very welcoming and safe for travelling alone. Sri Lanka was famously described by Marco Polo as one of the finest islands in the world, and it has a history that dates back thousands of years. Although it’s small, there is so much history, nature, and beauty to see in this country. Explore the beaches, jungles, tea plantations, temples, and much more in Sri Lanka.

Online booking

Reserving a hotel room or car can happen at the click of a button. There’s no need to call or show up in person to book or make reservations for your upcoming trip. As our world gravitates more toward instant gratification, online booking is becoming more commonplace. In fact, over half of all travel reservations take place online.

With more websites and mobile apps dedicated to travel, it’s no surprise that online booking is taking over. The ease of use and quick confirmation it allows for makes it easier for travelers to prepare for their trips in less time. Not to mention, it can be cheaper to book ahead online rather than waiting to reserve in person on the day of.

Mobile Applications

Travel and tourism industry overview for the recent years has shown that half of the online booking operations are mobile. Actually, this digital trend is the easiest to implement into the travel industry of the contemporaneity. Mobile applications can not only facilitate the booking and reservation procedures but combined with the IoT — Internet of Things — Technology can allow hotel guests, for instance, control room appliances.

Promotional messages can be used as a part of the travel marketing strategy. Combined with a beacon technology, mobile apps are able to make them most relevant to the individual’s location and preferences.