Six summer travel trends to know about this year

Travel demand keeps soaring in the face of higher costs. These changes in technology, accessibility and luxury will influence your experiences

May 23, 2024

The busiest travel season of the year is about to begin: Almost 44 million people in the US are expected to unofficially kick off their summers by traveling on Memorial Day weekend, a 4.1% increase over 2019, according to the American Automobile Association. If you’re among the millions of people hitting the road in the coming months, Bloomberg has a preview of some major industry changes that may affect your journey.

Key takeaways

  • AI will continue to shape your travels: Scarlett Johansson may not be playing the part of your Chat GPT-created travel agent this summer, but as generative AI keeps improving, so will travel planning tools that leverage the technology;
  • Five-figure trips will soon become the norm: International trips are averaging more than $9,000 per person this summer, according to Florida-based Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison engine;
  • Travel will be more accessible: The travel industry is ramping up improvements for people with physical disabilities - a $58 billion market;
  • You’ll book at the last minute: Last-minute bookings are on the rise, said glamping hospitality company Autocamp, which attributed the pattern to a growing share of Gen Z travelers;
  • All-inclusive resorts will push further into luxury: Marriott Hotels International Inc, Hilton Hotels Holdings Corp. and Hyatt Hotels International Inc. have been betting large on the all-in-one vacation model.

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