2017 Travel Trends6.02.17 | Oliver Broad
Unlike other retailers which see shelves replenished daily with the latest commodities, trends in travel move slower. Linked to popular culture, the political and economic climate and where hoteliers choose to invest next, we can take a more considered look at travel trends without the worry they will be become tomorrow’s chip paper.
Who could resist the sultry tones of Joanna Lumley as she explored Japan from top to bottom in her ITV documentary? We have already seen an increased interest in the host of the 2020 Olympics, and we only expect it to increase further. Also delighting us on television was the hypnotic voice of Sir David Attenborough in Planet Earth II. The phrase ‘Up close and personal’ sprung to mind as we were transported from the rainforest of Madagascar to the Pacific Islands and beyond. Wildlife tours and safari holidays have been at the top of many clients’ lists, especially honeymooners.
At this time of year we inevitably seek warmer climates. The spotlight was firmly on Abu Dhabi following the dramatic end to the F1 Grand Prix season and also hotel openings by Four Seasons and Jumeirah are attracting further attention.
Myanmar received much-needed investment with the re-opening of The Strand, Yangon, whilst Belmond re-open La Residence D’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In Vietnam, Four Seasons welcomes The Nam Hai, a luxurious beachfront property, whilst Phuket continues its campaign to attract more luxury visitors with the opening of Keemala with very unique dangling treehouses and thatched-roof cottages. Rosewood’s 71 villa property is also set to open soon. Fans of Rajasthan, India will now be able to stay at Fort Bishangarh, transformed into a luxury resort by the Alila group.
Latin America is hot for 2017 with new flights into Chile, Peru, Colombia & Costa Rica. Our beloved Belmond have taken over the running of the Andean Explorer from Cusco to Puno in Peru and we eagerly await her inaugural departure in May.
Jordan is firmly back on the map with visitor numbers increasing and the revelation of new sites discovered in the ancient Nabataean city of Petra. Plans are also afoot for new hotels by W, Fairmont, Jumeirah and St Regis. Read our latest clients’ testimonial at www.jordanholidays.co.uk.
Closer to home; the Jardines de Nivaria in Tenerife has completed its €13.5m refurbishment programme, whilst Birmingham Airport welcomes a new Stockholm flight. Another city break destination on the map is Valencia which received a third UK flight last year. With its dynamic selection of art, history and culture it’s a hot tip for 2017.
Contact us to book your 2017 holiday.