Travel Trends for 2019

Overall, travel in 2019 is supposed to be a  lot enjoy it was in 2018 for the majority of travelers. But a change that is little inevitable, so you might find some new and emerging trends which could reshape both the industry as well as your travel experience. Here’s my take on the top four travel trends for 2019.


Pretty everyone that is much the business is hitting on overtourism as an integral issue for 2019 and beyond, but raising the issue and fixing it are a couple of very different propositions. At this point we understand the basic principles: Too many people crowding iconic destinations for those destinations to handle, degrading the feeling both for visitors and residents.
The central issue here is that the absolute most impacted destinations are unique, so a “go someplace else” solution doesn’t work. There are not any substitutes for Yosemite, Venice, Santorini, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, and others. The way that is only limit visitation is either improve the price (admissions, hotel taxes, and similar) or limit access by some mixture of reservations and long queues.
It’s not yet determined that pricing would work: Would a fee even while high as the currently authorized $11 per person be enough to help keep cruisers on the ships during a Venice stop? Any approach would be difficult to implement and entail unwanted consequences that are social. And rapidly increasing Chinese tourism will intensify pressure on key resources everywhere.
My take is that, in 2019, you’ll see Venice and other venues enact visitor taxes/fees/limits. The focus that is initial be on cruise visitors, who fill up destinations but leave relatively little money there. You’ll probably see some experiments at other visitor magnets, too. But full implementation of any substantial efforts will take years, so you will see only a few big alterations in 2019.
In order to avoid the overtourism problems that are worst, it is possible to go someplace else, go at some less crowded time, pay more, wait longer, or every one of the above. But at any blockbuster destination, you can expect both higher prices and larger crowds.

Big Tech

All industry segments will install new hardware and software technologies at an accelerating pace, both to boost customer care and to keep your charges down. Facial recognition software program is now apparently robust adequate to process airline passengers, cruisers, train travelers, hotel guests, yet others, easing the burdens of lengthy check-in lines and documentation presentation that is repetitive. RFID and other techniques allow real-time tracking of checked baggage. Transactions of all sorts can be handled by smart-device apps: as much as i can tell, smart-device transactions are now actually the norm in China.
Although not new, these and other technologies can make headway that is increasing 2019. However it will be headway, not overhaul. Widespread mega-system integration takes longer.
The primary takeaway for travelers is the fact that you’ll be at an escalating disadvantage in the event that you don’t have—and master the use of—smartphones, automated check-in machines, along with other increasingly common technology. Even dedicated Luddites need to get along with it.

Big Data

Industry suppliers in most segments will appear to intensive data mining and improved analytics, ostensibly to tailor your travel arrangements more closely to your likes and preferences, but actually to sell you more of whatever they’re selling. Many approaches is likely to be sufficiently complex and comprehensive to be called “artificial intelligence.” You know that airlines, banks and credit card issuers, the search engines, online retailers, as well as others possess an amount that is incredible of information about your travels, purchases, and preferences. Mining these huge data banks can allow a supplier to pick destinations, dates, airlines, accommodations, and a lot of preferences to offer you—maybe combined into a bundle that is single-price.
Some travelers will welcome suggested statements on what they’ll like and whatever they can buy; others will discover those suggestions annoying or invasive. In any event, however, you’ll have a tougher time attempting to determine which mixture of options is clearly your deal that is best.

Big Hype

Whatever your interest, outfits vying for your business will slather a thick and impenetrable layer to their offerings of hype.
Here’s just one single example: during the latest Consumer Electronics Show, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta, claimed the airline’s objective was in order to make travel “magical.” The presentation that is accompanying travelers effortlessly passing through airport, baggage, and boarding processes, being recognized personally by flight attendants, and on offer their “favorite” wine (to be taken care of, of course, in coach). What the presentation did not show was the core section of the Delta experience: being stuck all night in a seat that is not large enough to allow for anyone comfortably. And nobody has enough “magic” to create that seat any benefit.
The big chains extol their many “lifestyle” brands in the hotel business. But for the part that is most, the basic O+H=L equation holds: Ordinary plus hype equals lifestyle.
A consultant friend once remarked that his job was secure because “the marketplace for BS is insatiable.” Maybe true, but you don’t have to get it.