2019 Winter Edition
ELITE TRAVEL TRENDS
IN THE FIELD WITH MARY GOSTELOW
Facts & Figures
- EUROPE: SUSTAINED GROWTH IN PEAK SEASON 2018
- SCHENGEN NEWS: ROMANIA AND BULGARIA SET TO JOIN, AND STRENGTHENING OF VIS
- INNOVATION AND DIGITALISATION TOP OF EUROPEAN TOURISM AGENDA
- EUROPE: GROWTH IS IN THE AIR
- CURRENT FLIGHTS PROTECTED, BUT FUTURE GROWTH AT RISK FROM NO DEAL BREXIT
- NEWS BRIEFS
INNOVATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES
WISHING YOU A GREAT YEAR!
International arrivals forecast set to grow 3-4% in 2019
Digitalisation, new business models, more affordable travel and societal changes are expected to continue shaping the tourism sector in 2019. According to the World Tourism Organisation, this year is expected to see consolidation among consumers of emerging trends such as the quest for “travel to change and to show”, “the pursuit of healthy options” such as walking, wellness and sports tourism, and “multigenerational travel” as a result of demographic changes and more responsible travel.
The stability of fuel prices is also set to translate into more affordable air travel while air connectivity continues to improve in many destinations, facilitating the diversification of source markets. Trends also show strong outbound travel from emerging markets, especially India and Russia, but also from smaller Asian and Arab source markets.
In this edition of the Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport, we take you on a tour of key trends in the sector, such as the growing will of travellers to get “up close and personal”, resulting in major moves in the industry such as the creation of The Originals Human Hotels and Resorts – topic of this edition’s main feature interview. We bring you highlights from major industry events such as ILTM Cannes or Signature Network’s annual Vegas extravaganza. In “Elite Travel Trends”, industry “guru” Mary Gostelow spotlights high-end wine tourism.
Our regional feature centres on Europe, where more than two-million businesses live from tourism. And in our Innovations and Technology section, we fly you to Las Vegas for the annual CES show – to check out the key technical trends that will be picked-up by your clients in years to come.
Wishing you happy reading, and, above all, a prosperous 2019!
Richard Barnes – Editor-in-Chief