Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Travel Trends for 2018

What will be the trends in the travel industry for 2018?

Here are our thoughts on what's around the corner for 2018

We think we will see a rise in biophilic design; a focus on natural design that enhances moods and relaxes. The hotel industry has already experienced this with a surge in travelers looking to destress and be ‘mindful’ in a community environment. People are looking to connect. There is always a consumer demand for environmental responsibility so hopefully that will also continue to be an important factor. 

There is also a continuation in the 2017 trend towards all things ‘local’, so I expect to see more local partnerships and artisanal products and locally sourced produce on menus in hostels. 

Creating immersive and genuine experiences, whether this is through local or regional experiences or offering tours or interactive experiences that gives the customer a deeper and more real experience of the destination. Everything is trending toward making a stay experiential, so I would urge hostels to look at what they actually offer other than a night’s sleep. It also doesn’t have to be a long list, it could just be one thing that you do really well and that gives guests a unique stay.

There are also a lot of hostels making time for co-working or “life spaces” to attract business travelers and local people in the daytime to create a community vibe. This changes functionality of your communal areas and leans towards the sharing economy models out there, but also makes the most of the co-living approach which has been popular in Southeast Asia for a while already.

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