The UNWTO provided preliminary results showing the trends for world travel. Ehotelier.com published a summary of the results in their article, 2017 international tourism results: The highest in seven years. With Europe, Asia and the Pacifics, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East experiencing increases in tourism, things are looks positive for 2019.
When thinking about ethical tourism, we think about the environment and preserving local culture and buildings. However, there can be disruption to a local community that stems from the behavior of travelers. This study dives into some of the attitudes travelers from various parts of the world rank ethical decisions. Often, when people are on vacation, they are more likely to act out or disregard local ethical values. Read The surprising source of unethical tourist behavior on eHotelier.
Modern travelers value “experiential travel”, yet defining this type of travel is sometimes difficult, as traveler preferences and the tourism marketplace are ever changing. This article is a precursor to the Skift 2018 Experiential Traveler Survey, which is set to be published soon. One of the data points revealed is that 69% of respondents prioritize spending more money on activities over spending on a nicer hotel room. This behavior works well with the hostel industry since guests often stick to a budget for their accommodation in order to spend more on tours and activities. Read Skift Research Survey Preview: Travelers Value Activities More Than a Luxe Room.
No news, just some fun memes about backpacker experiences. Read 18 Travel Experiences Only A True Backpacker Can Relate To on Hostelworld. Free hostel breakfast anyone?
No news here, just some beautifully done tourism videos to brighten your day from the United Nation’s World Tourism Annual Video Competition.