Heading into the busiest travel season of the year, (hello, Summer getaways!) Mapped’s experts have identified the top travel and tourism trends for 2019 that every wanderlust should know about.
Through a culmination of extensive globetrotting experience, audience feedback, online reviews, and reports from industry experts, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, so all you have to do is find that seat sale and book it, baby!
Read on to find out what’s taking off around the world with our rundown of 10 travel and tourism trends to know in 2019 — from eco-conscious holidays to the new way to travel solo.
While the concept of eco-tourism has been on the rise for the past few years, it seems that environmentally conscious travel is finally entering the mainstream. So what is eco-tourism, exactly? We’re glad you asked.
Eco-tourism is responsible travel that encourages the exploration and conservation of natural environments while keeping visitor impact low. This can mean anything from embarking on eco-conscious tours through the jungle to staying at hotels with passive designs to minimize consumption. Simply put, eco-tourism is all about protecting the natural environment and promoting the local culture — sounds rad, right?
It seems the rest of the world agrees — which is why eco-hostels are popping up across the globe to fuel travelers’ demands for more sustainable travel experiences. Not to mention the plethora of off-grid hotels emerging throughout Canada that are taking part in the global trend towards going green by adopting sustainable practices and offering lower-impact services to guests.
But the trend towards eco-tourism is a global one — Marriott International, for example, plans to cut food waste by 50% by 2025, while boutique hotel the Salt of Palmar in Mauritius has launched a pesticide-free, hydroponic fruit, and vegetable farm to be more self-sufficient.
According to Booking.com’s report on Travel Predictions for 2019, “An overwhelming majority of global travelers (86%) say they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay, with over a third (37%) willing to clear plastic and litter from a beach or other tourist attraction.”
“With deeper interrogation from travelers into the sustainable practices of both their destination and accommodation choices, fueled by their desire to travel with a conscience, investment in sustainable start-ups will be considered ever more imperative,” explains the report.
“Expect to see a number of new travel start-ups and individual enterprises committed to shaping a new future for our planet’s destinations emerge in the coming year, with intriguing technology at the core of their solutions.”