5 travel trends this 2021

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Nature, domestic and rural travel are the top travel trends this 2021.

Tourism, hard hit in 2020 by COVID-19, awaits recovery, but with the pandemic still with us and changes in travelers’ priorities, new models are emerging that will shape the future of tourism this year.

1. Domestic Travel

Domestic travel is trending in destinations.  People will not want to or will not be able to fly far and will look for destinations closer to where they can travel by car. They will also leave the big cities and prefer the countryside, mountains, and coasts. And less massive destinations will be sought, a great opportunity for emerging or less popular places so far.

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2. Nature tourism

This activity is quite diversified and revolves around contact with nature and its preservation, so it is deeply linked to sustainable tourism. It will gain strength due to the appreciation of nature and green spaces after having been confined at home or in big cities for a long time

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3. Rural tourism

Cottage rentals, camping stays, outdoor activities, and sports will be in high demand. During the pandemic, the alternative of rural and nature tourism has become increasingly popular. Tourists want to travel to small communities, usually rural, in order to experience their lifestyle and culture or, in some cases, to disconnect from the city.

4. Wellness tourism

Wellness tourism is a direct branch of health tourism that aims to achieve physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. For this reason, tourists choose destinations that offer activities related to each area, such as yoga, meditation, or spiritual retreats. This type of tourism is becoming more popular as the concept of mindfulness spreads and as society becomes more aware of the importance of connecting with the planet and with ourselves.

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5. Booking flexibility

With the current pandemic situation and uncertainty, flexibility will be key for many travelers. Airlines know this and many have included insurance and contingency flexibility, as have hotels and hotel chains.

Technologies that will boost tourism 2021

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One of the things that the pandemic accelerated globally was the use and development of technologies that allow travelers to make travel processes more efficient and less touching.

For this reason, tourism will be boosted by technological advances that allow from checking in without physical contact to finding new ways to interact with other people and request, for example, services in hotels, airplanes, or restaurants.

Voice command

The use of intelligent assistants that work through voice commands, such as Google Home or Alexa from Amazon, is becoming more and more widespread. This technology is being used in the accommodation spaces to control different devices, such as the television, the coffee machine, or the curtains, and thus make the stay more pleasant.

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Contactless technology

Contactless systems range from faster payment methods, booking services, scanning restaurant menus, and even checking in or opening rooms without the need for physical keys.

Natural Language Processing

To ensure an unparalleled guest experience, companies will increasingly turn to technologies such as artificial intelligence and Natural Language Processing, which analyze conversations and interactions with users to identify areas of opportunity that allow them to devise better services or operational processes.

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Facial recognition

One of the technologies that are booming is facial recognition. Several airports in the world have chosen to use facial recognition at the boarding gates of planes so that people’s passports and boarding documents do not have to be checked by humans.

Together, these technologies could become an important catalyst to boost tourism and travel this 2021 and offer travelers greater security during their travels.