2010 Trends - Deals, More Deals & More on Less
This is Part I of the Travel Insights 100 survey, with trends and predictions for 2010 offered by our team of experts.
2009 saw travelers cutting back on travel and moving towards frugality and deals. Our experts predict that 2010 will see a lot more people traveling, but still going after the deals and discounts. They also predict that travelers are going to be looking for value, and trying to squeeze as much as possible out of every travel dollar.
A few quotes on this trend from our experts:-
2010 is the year of the kitchenette - families will seek accommodations that give them the choice to eat in their room/ villa / timeshare rental. - Kim Orlando, Founder, TravelingMom.com
The increasing inventory of new hotel rooms will ensure an abundance of discounted rates through 2010. I also predict we will see a rash of bankruptcies, failures, and closures of marginal properties that will not be able to survive the downward pressure on rates. - Barbara Weibel, HoleInTheDonut
I think that as the economy starts to improve again, people will start to travel more. However, they will stick to the tricks they learned during the recession, and spend less on all aspects of travel - from flights, to accommodation, to food. So hostels and budget flight operators will see a sharpish increase in customers, while more traditional operators might not fare so well. - Linda Martin, Our Crazy Travels, (Travel Mars Hill)
I suspect that there will be a change towards ‘backpacking’ for people who might not traditionally travel that way. Sort of an organized cheaper alternative to more traditional travel plans but not as cheap as going it on your own. -Anil P. , foxnomad.com
2010 travelers will continue to be enticed by incentive travel and bargains. No matter what happens with the economy, seeking good deals will never go out of style. - Beth Blair, TwinCitiesGal at TheVacationGals.com
I expect much will stay the same. Flights will seem pricey and then inexpensive and people will still be interested in road trips if the price of gas stays about where it is. Cruises will continue to be a terrific deal. - Jamie Rhein, Gadling
I’m predicting that packaged vacations — whether it’s an all-inclusive resort or tour (a la Adventures by Disney or Vail Resorts’ Epic Summer) — will continue to grow in popularity among families. Moms want hassle-free travel with value, and these types of vacations deliver both. - Kara Williams, ColoradoGal on TheVacationGals.com
Hotels will increasingly slash rates and offer creative pricing until summer 2010 and a *truly* low-cost car rental agency will emerge offering pricing competitive enough to force both other car rental agencies and the airlines to reconsider their price points. - Willy Volk, Gadling
There will be HUGE values to be found in hotels and resorts, from rock bottom prices to lots of value added perks. - Mary Jo Manzanares, TravelingwithMJ
Continued bargains in airfare. - Mark (Travel-Wonders.com)
In summary, 2010 looks all set to be great year for traveling - More people on the road, with travel companies still offering plenty of good deals and low rates, and people looking to find even more value by doing more travel on less.
Date: February 3rd, 2010 @ 18:05
Categories: Travel Industry News