WHAT ARE TRAVELLERS LOOKING FOR IN 2022?
Results from Expedia's survey of 12,000 travelers in 12 countries show that 65% of respondents said that they are planning the "trip of a lifetime" in 2022. Expedia believes that the biggest travel trend of 2022 will be interesting and luxurious trips. According to a report published in November 2021 by travel technology company Amadeus (Spain), there is a significant increase in searches for the keyword "epic destinations". Specifically, searches for the East African country Tanzania increased by 36%, flights to Jordan's Petra increased by 22% and bookings in the Peruvian cities of Machu Picchu increased by nearly 50% in 2021. The islands in the Indian Ocean and Antarctica also receive special attention.
What are Travellers looking for in 2022? / ph: pexels
The report of the travel agency HomeToGo (Germany) shows that the number of searches for motels and homestays is now at the same level as in 2019. Tourists aged 18-34 are leading objects of this year's tourism trend.
According to a joint report published in November 2021 by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the website Trimp.com, about 70% of tourists in developed countries as the US, UK, Canada, Japan plans to spend more on tourism in 2022 than in the past five years.
HomeToGo data shows that the average spend on service orders on this platform in 2021 has increased by 54% compared to 2019. Particularly, US travelers now tend to look for quieter and more luxurious destinations even though the trip is more expensive. 32% of US travelers who were surveyed by Expedia said that they are willing to spend more to go to dream destinations.
Working in combination with relaxation is also a type of choice for many people in the context of the trend of remote working becoming popular. The year 2021 has seen more and more people choosing to work in the islands instead of staying at home despite the big expenditures. Tourism associated with health has also grown strongly in the post-Covid-19 era. According to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), this type of tourism could reach $919 billion in revenue by 2022.
The increase in affordability can be seen as a good sign as travel costs have increased in some places. Compared to 2019, food prices have increased by 10%, while hotel rooms and engine fuel prices have increased by 13.3% and 26.6%, respectively, according to the American Travel Association. Although airfares are down 17% compared to 2019, this may not last long as fuel prices continue to soar.