Editor’s Note

A year of delightful tourism surprises ahead

Happy 2019!

With a greater role of travel advisors and advancement in technology we are looking at another eventful year 2019 for the travel industry.

Not just inevitable, change in travel trend is now a necessity to remain relevant. The online travel market is no more limited to hotel and travel bookings.

The entire industry has experienced striking changes as machines have come on time. Travel companies can now build their technology according to the latest trends and present potential solutions to their online global audience.

In the age of smart phones, mobile integration is more important than ever before and it is one of the digital trends that can be implemented most easily within the tourism industry.

In a recent report by Deloitte, global travel industry is estimated to hit record revenue of US$370 billion that accounts for a 5 per cent growth by the end of 2018.

Travellers will also be inclined to invest more on experiential travel rather than vacationing on the usual, much-frequented tourist spots. Although United States and Europe have been home to amazing trending destinations previously, the winds are now blowing towards the East. Bleisure hotels are specialized to accommodate the suits, in case they want to enjoy the destination along with their business meetings.

The aviation industry is also looking up. From apps to in-flight entertainment to airport security, technology is an ever-evolving part of the air travel experience. Carriers across the world are eyeing eco-friendly practices more than ever. The use of biometric technology will likely to increase in 2019.

As air travel becomes increasingly complex with more security issues, branded classes of service, technological advances and airport construction, the role of the travel agents will become even more important.

The year 2018 has proved to be fruitful and the outlook for 2019 is naturally bright and optimistic for overall travel and tourism industry.

Wish you A WONDERFUL year ahead.

Happy reading
Susmita Ghosh

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