After a year of progress and setbacks, we see uncertainty punctuated by brief moments of stability. With the current situation, it’s hard to speculate the future of travel. We’ve spent the past year living vicariously through aesthetic reels and thrilling vlogs. Slowly, travel enthusiasts are emerging cautiously and tentatively into the world. In this blog, we have highlighted the five trends in tourism that one can expect in the post-pandemic era.
Modern Trends in Tourism industry
Staycations for the win
The pandemic forced the tourism industry to shift its focus from international travellers to local travellers. While this trend was emerging pre-pandemic, the virus acted as a catalyst and escalated its popularity now. The pandemic has influenced more people and segments to consider local travel as a viable option.
With the unavailability of cheap packages, mid and economy travellers found their money went further at local destinations. On the other hand, luxury travellers found a new niche in local-first luxury and small-scale boutique hotels.
Traditional staycation activities like exploring opportunities closer to home will go even more premium. We think it’s safe to say that staycations are here to stay
The new definition of “bleisure” traveller
With regular business travellers, the new normal is the switch to online meetings. Pre-pandemic, these digital nomads were predominantly young, single travellers in the tech industry, but post-pandemic, a broader range of demographics include young families and older couples. What is the role of a destination here?
It is to inspire remotely working members. Locations with good network and workplace ergonomics will gain more importance as travellers would prefer such places for more extended stays.
Seeking comfort in solo travel
Once restrictions are eased by the government, many people would expect to see friends and relatives again. But in the pandemic, travel has gained a newfound meaning due to the deprivation of new sensory experiences during the lockdown. We can expect a new level of introspection with travel trends and a rise in the number of solo travellers.
Emphasis on Contactless travel
Post the pandemic, the travel and hospitality industry have made significant efforts to boost confidence among travellers by making services as contactless as possible.
From contactless check-in at airports to ordering food and beverages at a hotel, contactless offerings have become more the norm than an exception.
It’s all about Sustainability
While staying at home taught us minimalism, a lot of millennials opened their eyes to sustainability. Travellers are actively choosing eco-friendly choices to enable sustainable travelling. These choices are closer to remote communities and nature so they not only boost these communities but are also accessible and affordable. Hence, sustainability is another trend that we hope sticks around for a longer period of time.
Sum it up
Travel has found its new normal. The industry will make its comeback eventually as countries open up their doors for Indian tourists. The key to staying safe is to get vaccinated. Also, it is crucial to know each country or state’s Covid protocols. Most travellers prefer the trends mentioned above in recent times, and Aertrip has a package for every kind. Book now.