A record-breaking 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2018 by the World Tourism Organization, proving that travel is on the minds of many each year. As tourism continues to be on the rise across the globe, the travel industry is similarly evolving each year, and especially so in 2020. From even longer long haul flights to how the environment is a major factor, here are some of the world’s most innovative travel trends to look out for in the new year.
Eco-friendly travel options
With climate change having such a profound impact on the planet, many people are becoming increasingly more eco-conscious in their day to day lives, and travelers are no exception. With everything from eco-friendly resorts to hotels, an establishment within the tourist industry that isn’t making progress in eco-friendly missions can actually be a deciding factor on whether or not a customer will choose them.
However, it isn’t just the traveler that is choosing to put their money towards an eco-conscious accommodations on their vacations, as several establishments are tirelessly working to reduce their waste. In fact, Hilton Hotels has a mission to reduce their environmental footprint by half by 2030, partnering with the organization Clean the World, where leftover toiletry soaps are sanitized and melted into new bars to be given to people in need.
Even longer long hauls
Flying is almost always a major part of any international tourist’s itinerary, and the air travel industry may just have a solution for those who need to get to a faraway place as efficiently as possible. In fact, one of the newest trends in air travel involves whopping 19-hour flights — the Australian airline Qantas has actually tested such a flight from New York to Sydney in 2019.
Ideal for businessmen and women who need to get to a meeting the next day, or just for the traveler who wishes to avoid time-consuming layovers, a 19-hour flight may just prove to be insanely useful for those in the right situation. However, an extra-long haul like this may cost you in expensive airfare – meaning that if you have frequent flyer points with Woolworths through Qantas, considering cashing them in can help to save you some serious cash on your next Australian journey.
Overtourism and what it means
Not all travel trends are good — in fact, overtourism may just be one of the worst out there this year. Overtourism, or the overcrowding of popular travel destinations, is a growing problem in many places of the world. Venice, Italy provides a perfect example, where there’s a movement to ban cruise ships from letting visitors into the city in an attempt to lessen the crowds. In Paris, the Louvre Museum even closed for a day when workers stepped out due to over-tourism. Famous attractions like Mount Everest aren’t even exempt from overtourism, as there were reports of crowding along the trails, which was blamed for the deaths of many climbers.
Overtourism can not only make it a lot harder to enjoy those sights and attractions you’ve always wanted to experience, but it also wreaks havoc on the locals as the excessive litter and overcrowding make the issue everyone’s problem. Perhaps one of the only good things about overtourism is the fact that those who are aware of it are more likely to visit other, less-visited parts of the world, such as Indonesia and Madagascar.
Traveling is an exciting experience for many each year, though there are several trends to be aware of in 2020. From innovative eco-friendly travel options to dangerous overtourism in some parts of the world, staying up to date on travel trends can help you get the most out of any trip this year.