Food, genealogy and house-sitting are top travel trends
(18 Feb 2019) LEAD IN:
Food, genealogy and house-sitting are amongst the top trends influencing holidaymakers this year according to travel industry insiders.
The world's top travel trends have been on display at the Travel & Adventure Show in Los Angeles this weekend.
If you are looking for travel ideas for your 2019 holiday, then the Travel & Adventure Show has plenty of vacation inspiration.
More than 4,000 travel advisors are on hand, to share tips and answer questions about vacations at the biggest travel show in the US.
Visitors take in displays from various countries, cities, tourism boards, travel operators and leading travel websites to get up to date on the latest travel trends and industry news.
John Golicz, CEO of Travel & Adventure Show says these events are great places to get advice on travel.
"The Travel & Adventure Shows are the largest travel events in the United States. We actually go from coast to coast, 10 major cities and we have over 175,000 travel enthusiasts come here. We say travel enthusiasts because it's built for you to learn about travel and enjoy travel more so you get to take .... thousands of exhibitors come in here and travel experts from around the world. They're here to answer your questions and that's what makes the Travel & Adventure Show so popular with travelers it's hard today to find great information that's accurate and that's personalized to your needs."
Travel expert Pauline Frommer says food relating experiences are trending in the travel sector.
"We are seeing a lot more foodie travel. Everybody wants to take cooking classes or go to farms and so every tour now has a foodie element to it. even if wouldn't have in the past."
Frommer says that travel websites are changing the way we holiday and hotels are having to adapt.
"Airbnb is reshaping the lodging landscape. Hotels now are having to wait a little longer before they charge top rates because often they're not getting them anymore. "
People are also choosing the sharing economy as an option for holidays she adds.
"10 years ago there were two websites for house sitters, now there are more than 50. There are Facebook groups. And so people are traveling all around the world for free in return for taking care of a dog or watering a plant, that's just one of the ways that lodging are getting much more part of the sharing economy" says Frommer.
Another trend is "genealogy travel", people are looking into their family history and traveling to different countries to explore their own personal connection to that place.
Ellen Bettridge is CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the company behind Cruise Planners with 19 ships around the world.
Bettridge says that many Americans have German ancestry and river cruises offer a way to journey to the heart of a country.
According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of international travelers globally in 2018 grew 6% to 1.4 billion, an upward trend that is expected to continue.
The UNWTO forecast that 2019 will continue to see a growth in international travel thanks to affordable air travel, better air connections and development of emerging markets.
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