Ecotourism A new revolution is happening in which big cities are no longer in focus, lesser known small towns and places nearby. The trend is on the rise for several reasons, from lower prices, less crowds and most often because a smaller place is much more interesting. Meet locally and undiscovered The trend of organically grown food and organic food preparation affects the tourist demand, which also requires adjustment from caterers. In addition, guests require special diet menus and other types of food, such as veganism. This trend is related to ecotourism which is number one on our list. For many, environmental protection has become one of the main guidelines in travel planning. Although this trend is a novelty on the market, and is led by the younger generation, it is certain that it will shape the future of tourism. Content created in collaboration with ProConcept Everyone involved in tourism, from hotels, airlines, tour agencies,… to Google – knows more about you than ever before. For many, this is a gruesome invasion of privacy, but the net effect means a much more fluid and enjoyable travel experience. Apps like Tripit will help you plan every step of your journey as Google, Facebook, and others use AI to adjust to your current location, where you’re going, and what you want to do. According to Bookings.com, 73% of tourists intend to choose environmentally friendly accommodation at least once a year, and 70% say they are more likely to book a place they have evidence of being environmentally conscious and caring for the environment. The Croatian emigrant community is really large. It is a significant lifestyle change where the introduction of new technologies such as 5G network, video conferencing, etc. allow the new workforce to work wherever it wants in the world. Far more important than any technology is the fact that companies and bosses are open to a new trend, because in this way they attract and retain talent. DNA travel The world is a place where there is uncertainty in political movements, the problems of global warming and with the great technological shift that is happening from second to second. The only constant is that people want to travel more and more. All records are being broken, and huge emerging markets are redefining the tourism industry. The concept of combining leisure with business commitments, ie tourist travel with business travel, has been popular for decades. Photo: Hert Nix, Pexels.com Restaurants around the world are offering more and more vegan options on their menus, new vegan locations are being promoted every day. Tourist trips and culinary workshops for vegans will become more pronounced over the next few years as the world changes its eating habits. This type of tourism is so popular that a recent survey showed that 23% of guests who visited Scotland during 2019 and stayed in it for a significantly longer number of days, visit that country wanting to explore their origins! To find out what trends are driving the Chinese tourism market, the fastest growing tourism market in the world, we have organized MasterClass with lecturers, experienced professionals from the tourism industry who come directly from China. William Chia i Joanne Chan it will convey to you the most important features of that market and give answers to questions about how to bring a part of Chinese tourists to your destination. Today’s tourists do not want isolation from the places they visit, they do not want to stay inside a closed resort where they cannot get to know the local culture and customs. They want to live the life of the local population and want to actively participate in local events. This refers to enjoying local cuisine, celebrating local festivals and holidays… What are the main tourism trends in 2020? We decided to take a peek a little deeper and selected the ten most significant trends that will mark the time ahead. Coming to new places used to mean reading guide books, asking friends, and taking risks. Due to the data and progress of many available applications, our experiences will become much more personalized in the coming years. We have stepped into a new decade and a new year full of unanswered questions about what the tourist years ahead will look like. On the one hand we are curious, while on the other hand, taught by the experiences of the past few years, we have widened our eyes looking to the future… trends and the way we rest are changing at a rapid pace. An increasingly popular trend refers to the phenomenon of “digital nomads” created by workers in the Internet industry, ie in all jobs that can be done over the Internet and are not related to a static workplace. People’s work habits are getting further than usual from 9am to 00pm. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that more than half of the U.S. workforce will have a flexible job by 17 (up from 00% in 2027), and this trend is also predicted by economists around the world. Today’s modern applications allow you to change currencies within the application itself and use virtual cards to book services. Many hotels, restaurants and other services allow you to pay with a simple touch of a card or phone. Traveling without cash is a huge shift in the comfort and safety of travel. Robots, chatbots, automation Travel outside the main tourist season Local cuisine, organically grown food, veganism Visiting popular destinations out of season is a real hit, sensible tourists will do just that! In addition to avoiding large crowds in this way, financial savings are also significant. The biggest plus is actually that the character of the place can be experienced in a completely different, real light. Bleisure and migration millennials One of the more tempting examples of these special tourist trends is Connie, the robot-gatekeeper of the Hilton hotel chain. Other hotel chains are also following the new trend of robot staff, installing interactive robots to perform simpler tasks of receiving guests or serving food and drinks. Cash payments are a thing of the past Local experiences are becoming one of the most interesting tourism trends that provide incredible opportunities for small local communities to develop the tourist offer and develop the local economy. Olive picking programs in Istria have long been known… carnivals in small towns that already have their own tradition, culinary festivals… The desire to find our genealogical background today is irresistible, and when you get your DNA record through available and affordable services, you actually get a visual overview of where your ancestors came from. This means that you can plan your next tourist trip solely on the basis of newly determined personal roots! With your DNA record, you get a map with percentages of origin by area or country. Going on vacation traditionally represents an opportunity to neglect diet and indulge in forbidden treats. Today’s tourists know that delicious and nutritious can be an integral part of a diet, and that it no longer has to be some exclusive concept that will cost us dearly. The demand for excellent cuisine with the aim of better nutrition is driving new trends in tourism. The modern tourist wants to know that the food he eats is at least as healthy as it is delicious. The needs of solo tourists are diverse. Some simply want to travel without disturbing the companion. Others are young singles looking for social activities or finding a partner. Widows and the elderly use long stays in hotels or cruises as a luxurious alternative to the usual care for the elderly. Ecotourism is just one of a series of similar tourism trends that reflect growing concerns about ethical and sustainable tourism. Ecotourism includes simple things like carbon points when booking a flight or the possibility of renting an electric instead of a classic vehicle. More complex examples may include tourism with an element of volunteering that is becoming more common, perhaps working in a nature park or engaging in nature conservation. With regard to tourism, this means that the line between work and entertainment is becoming less visible. Millennials end their business trip as entertainment tourists in order to make the most of the location they are already in. Photo: JESHOOTS, Pexels.com It wasn’t that long ago when we traveled with money, traveler’s checks, or exchanged cash at impossible exchange rates. Although this is still the case in some countries, the situation is changing abruptly. Gone are the days when taxi drivers could have missed you on the exchange rate, today a whole range of cashless solutions is available. We seem to be reaching a stage where we will not have any local currency to travel abroad. Solo tourists Personalized access to the guest Since tourism, there has been a need to visit the location where our ancestors came from. This trend has been particularly pronounced since DNA technology became more available. DNA travel, or “ancestral tourism,” is on the rise, and companies that have tied to this technology have offered the market completely new experiences and travel opportunities. Invasion of tourists from Asia Regarding the development of technology, this is only a small part of the innovations that are happening in the market. Many clients organize their travel and accommodation with the help of online chatbots, specially tailored to the needs and inquiries of clients, which can process inquiries well and help with useful information when human labor is not available. Asia’s fast-growing economies, such as China, India and Indonesia, bring hundreds of millions of new tourists to the market each year. To what extent do they form new trends? Traveling during the holidays in the past was a family obligation and something that couples did together and thus deepened their relationship. While this is still the case, many are increasingly choosing to break this rule. Enjoying solo travel is no longer so unusual and tourist trends are increasingly reflecting it. In recent months, we have witnessed a trend by which Greta Thunberg has inspired millions of people to work on climate change in person.