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Future Travel Trends by IHG

News IHG Hotels &Resorts made a survey where it asked people about their travel plans and wishes. It looks like travel is about to show some growth as there is decent optimism in responses. Tourism was an essential way to see different countries and enjoy new experiences but the pandemic changed everything messing vacation plans for millions of people worldwide. People had to cancel their beach holidays in Mallorca, forget about joyful cityscapes at hotels in Paris, and replace them with self-isolation and remote work.

Nearly 60% of the survey respondents had to cancel up to four leisure or business travels in 2020. People had to postpone their plans but didn’t skip them – more than half of the respondents have already rebooked hotels or plan to do this in the nearest future. Family vacations or visits to family and friends are the main reason for people to travel these days. People in all age groups from 18 to 55+ are optimistic about the future of travel and hope that vaccination will allow reopening the borders.

People are hungry for traveling and want to travel more when it is finally possible but still have their plans on hold. Only people from the youngest age group (18 to 24) are going to travel in 2021 – roughly 25% of them have vacation plans for this year’s summer or autumn. Younger people are also the ones who are most interested in doing volunteer work while traveling. 50% of people 55 and older will travel only when there are more people vaccinated and the pandemic becomes less a threat.

Overall, people are still hungry for visiting new places and enjoying new experiences but the pandemic has made everyone more thoughtful and careful about their decisions. Business travel is also put on hold at the moment. One in three employees around the world said that they had fewer business trips in 2020. Overall, people find this demotivating and want to have face-to-face meetings again. Business travel is a good way of creating relations with partners and colleagues so this is an important factor for the prosperity of any business.

When asked about the primary aim of traveling, different nationals stated different goals. For example, Australians are craving sightseeing, Americans want to visit their loved ones and improve their mood, and British tourists need more sunshine in their lives. When traveling for work, the survey respondents named comfortable beds and room service to be one of the most important factors.

11.02.2021

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Individual City Guides

Chisinau
Chisinau travel guide
First mentions of this city appeared in 1466. For a long time Chisinau has been a boyar patrimony. Today this is a large historical and cultural center. For convenience the city is divided into Low and High. You can see ancient buildings built in medieval times in Low Chisinau, while High Chisinau is considered the business center of the city. Each year new modern buildings appear here. Probably, Organ Hall and National Drama Theater located opposite to it are main cultural sights of the … Read further
Menton
Cuisine of Menton
Italy has profoundly influenced culinary traditions of Menton. During the tour over historical part of the city travelers will come across numerous cozy bistros. The best one among them is considered to be the Le Chaudron bistro offering its visitors the most popular ethnic dishes. The specialities of the eating house are considered to be different sea foods. Expert cooks prepare grilled fish and serve it with fantastic accompaniments. The visitors will love fluffy desserts and the wine list of … Read further
Alkmaar
Traditions and festivals in Alkmaar
The city of Alkmaar welcomes guests with a decent choice of destinations and traditional cordiality. Prepare yourself for a variety of pleasant surprises and multifaceted experiences from this stunning destination. Alkmaar consists of stair-step bridges, canals, ancient paved bridges, gabled roofs, crowned Gothic cathedrals, narrow streets, which suddenly end in historical squares, and the atmosphere of an ancient place typical for the old-fashioned towns of the Netherlands. But the real heart … Read further
Saarbrucken
Saarbrucken cultural sights
The Saint Johannes Market is considered to be a true center of city life as this area concentrates numerous restaurants, shops and entertainment establishments. Scenic age old streets start right from the market. Most of them are completely closed for transport. Not far from the Saint Johannes Market tourists will discover Der Schlosskirche – the Palace Church being a marvelous landmark of gothic style architecture. The church was built in the 15th century. Though its long history the church … Read further
Groningen
Groningen attractions and entertainment
Groningen concentrates many canals that give it an extraordinary beauty. People might want to stay here forever, and it must be said that sometimes it turns out that way. Tourists falling for narrow streets ideal for cycling, beautiful houses, as if enveloping city streets and amazingly picturesque embankments, decide to stay here for the rest of their lives. However, the city is attractive not only for this - thus, active recreation enthusiasts feel great here, being offered all sorts of … Read further
Denpasar
Denpasar for families and kids
The main entertainment for guests of the popular Balinese resort is a beach relaxation and walks in picturesque places. Nevertheless, you can diversify leisure with children in Denpasar, with other interesting events. With older children, you can go to the Bali Wake Park. This is a kind of marine entertainment park located right on the picturesque coast. It differs from the usual centers of water sports in that, its visitors are offered a lot of unusual entertainment. There are special training … Read further
Luanda
Shopping in Luanda
The largest shopping and entertainment center in town is Belas Shopping where you can not only buy new clothes and souvenirs but also have fun. This shopping center attracts travelers with a variety of inexpensive shops and boutiques selling beautiful beach outfits and accessories, casual clothes and shoes of world-famous manufacturers. Several large shopping pavilions offer nice souvenirs. After shopping, visitors to the center can relax at one of the cozy cafes or go to the cinema. No … Read further
Bern
Extreme and fun in Bern
Ropetech Ropes Course. Ropetech Ropes Course is located near the Bern railway station, namely in the forest Dalhoelzli. You can reach it by trams № 7 and № 8 or by buses № 19 and № 28. You should get off at the "Thunplatz" stop. If you like outdoor activities, then adventure and fun are waiting for you here. The ticket price is 38 francs. The park is a complex consisting of 7 crossings. Their height is from 4 to 23 meters above the ground. You will choose the appropriate level of … Read further
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