Digital travel company Booking.com has revealed nine predictions for the future of travel. The research includes data from more than 20,000 travellers across 28 countries and territories, including India.
Safety Cleans Up: In the future, 86 per cent of Indian travellers will take more precautions. Around, 77 per cent will only book a particular accommodation if it’s clear what health and hygiene policies it has in place with three quarters (79 per cent) choosing accommodations that have antibacterial and sanitising products.
Wandermust: As per the research, 63 per cent indicated they are more appreciative of travel and will not take it for granted in the future. Sixty five per cent Indian travellers want to travel more in the future to make up for time lost in 2020.
Vital Value: Booking.com reveals that 70 per cent of Indian travellers will be more price-conscious when it comes to searching and planning a future trip.
Familiarists not Tourists: Domestic tourism will continue to dominate with 52 per cent of Indian travellers planning to travel within their own country in the medium term (seven-12 months) and 41 per cent planning to do so in the longer term (in over a year’s time).
Bye Bye 9 to 5: About 68 per cent of Indian travellers have already considered booking somewhere to stay in order to work from a different destination, while 63 per cent would be willing to quarantine if they could work remotely.
Impact Awakening: Travellers will become more eco-conscious with 70 per cent of Indian travellers wanting to travel more sustainability in the future.
Spontechnaity: Tech innovation will play a key role in the travel and tourism sector. 79 per cent of Indian travellers agree that technology will be important in controlling health risks when travelling and 81 per cent say that accommodations will need to use the latest technologies to make travellers feel safe.
Search Escapism: Seeking comfort and distraction during weeks in lockdown, the majority (94 per cent) of Indian travellers spent time looking for vacation inspiration, with 56 per cent looking at potential travel destinations as often as once a week.
Simple Pleasures: The study indicates that 68 per cent will seek out more rural, offbeaten experiences.
Ritu Mehrotra, country manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at Booking.com said: “Enhancing our understanding of one another and our common desire to explore beyond the horizon, I believe that travel has a unique potential to come back stronger than ever in the years ahead as a primary driver of growth, equality and prosperity for people everywhere.
“In the meantime, with our mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, we will be there for our customers offering the widest choice, great value and the easiest experience from anywhere and on any device so travellers can enjoy all of the unforgettable experiences this world has to offer.”