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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

Cuenca Town
Cuenca Town travel guide
In Spain, tourists can visit the charming city of Cuenca that attracts tourists with an unusual peculiarity that makes this settlement truly unique. The historical part of the city and all houses within this area have an interesting location. When looking at buildings in Cuenca, it feels like they are growing directly from rocks and are floating above a deep canyon. Tourists are often worried that the buildings can fall down at any moment but this doesn’t happen. Local people use special … Read further
Folegandros Island
Cuisine of Folegandros Island
Despite the fact that tourism on Folegandros has just started to develop, you will find many different restaurants and cafes here. Greeks call them taverns, which differ according to dishes in a menu. There are a lot of taverns on Folegandros, but it is not easy to find a free table in the evening. Greeks have a special ritual. They love to gather around the table with family and friends in the taverns, so they are always full of people. If you want to try traditional food, choose a place … Read further
Lille
Traditions and festivals in Lille
Lille attracts tourists not only with its unique attractions but also with fascinating traditions and the great variety of holidays and festivals. Local residents are not indifferent to modern art and culture, to which a significant part of the holidays is devoted. Classical culture is given due attention as well. Lille has its national orchestra whose performances accompany all major holidays. Classical music festivals are regularly held at the Théàtre du Nord, Gare Saint Sauveur, and other … Read further
Mexico City
Mexico City cultural sights
The main attraction of Mexico City is located in its suburbs. We are talking about the ancient city of Teotihuacan. Many interesting beliefs and legends are connected with this ancient city. Even nowadays its territory is full of different ruins of old buildings and places of worship. There are also two pyramids - the Sun and the Moon ones. Even nowadays the archaeological excavations do not stop near these facilities. During the excursion guides tell travelers about the unusual construction … Read further
Timisoara
Timisoara attractions and entertainment
Timisoara doesn’t feature noisy entertainment venues and night clubs; however, it provides tourists a decent selection of leisure activities. The charming Roses Park garden is perfect for hiking. As the name implies its main feature is an abundance of beautiful roses. In the garden there is a small stage that hosts music concerts and performances in warmer months. Families are recommended to dedicate time for a zoo. The Gradina Zoologica Timisoara occupies a vast territory and has a very … Read further
Cleveland
Cleveland for families and kids
In Cleveland, the whole family can pick up entertainment to their liking. A must-see point of the family excursion program should be a visit to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. This zoo is impressive not only in scale, but also in its very beautiful design. On its territory grows huge trees, and chic aviaries are equipped for animals. Among the inhabitants of the zoo are lions, gorillas, hippos that in a huge artificial pond and brown bears walking in one of the spacious aviaries. Guests of the zoo … Read further
Montevideo
Shopping in Montevideo
In Montevideo, tourists’ most favorite place for shopping is Mercado del Puerto located in a beautiful historic pavilion. Gourmets will be impressed by meat delicacies. Here, you can taste delicious sausages and meat cooked over an open fire. On the market, there are several excellent restaurants where you can taste the most popular national dishes. Besides food sectors, there are clothing rows on the market. Here, you can buy clothes, interesting outfits in the national style, bags from local … Read further
Tallinn
Extreme and fun in Tallinn
There are many fabulous landmarks in Tallinn that are hidden, so not many travelers know about their existence. While enjoying a walk in the historic district, most tourists do not pay any attention to Catherine Lane , so they just pass it by. It’s understandable as only several years ago it was nothing but an old abandoned street with numerous half ruined buildings and piles of garbage. However, that is the past and things have changed. The ancient street was cleaned, and all waste was … Read further
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