What with 2017 bringing us the collapse of Monarch, political clashes in the Americas, Middle East and Asia, and devastating hurricanes in the Caribbean, I have no doubt that 2018 will deal the travel industry a new hand of hurdles to overcome. But, remaining as resilient as ever, this industry is looking set to bounce back in the year to follow.
Cruise is in for a prosperous 12 months, with the number of passengers predicted to top two million and a high volume of ships due to launch before the end of 2018. The sector is also expecting a rise in the popularity of expedition cruising.
This surge in experiential travel can also be seen in the touring and adventure market, with Travel 2 adding immersive tours and operators such as Shearings, G Adventures, Explore and Titan adding new destinations.
Short-haul holiday destinations such as Spain, Greece and Portugal should continue to thrive – which will drive more attention to the challenge of overtourism – but there are emerging destinations such as Bulgaria primed to take on the overspill. And while long-haul operators expand into short-haul destinations, they’re also tapping into rising demand for Sri Lanka, Vancouver and Costa Rica, as are airlines.
To help us pin down the details of these predictions, we’ve called on experts to share their thoughts and forecasts.
This way, you can be as prepared as possible for the hurdles that 2018 is lining up for us.
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