While the growth of international visitation to the U.S. is slowing, travel advisors see rising interest among Americans in exploring their own country, often in new ways. Cultural itineraries exploring everything from civil rights history to regional culinary specialties are on the agenda.
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The latest figures from the U.S. Travel Association may show a decline in growth for international tourism to the U.S., but travel advisors say domestic travel is getting a boost from Americans. For some, it’s a desire to experience their country in new and different ways, with growing interest in civil rights history, Native American culture, and the vibrant culinary and music scenes in cities like Nashville, Austin, and Charleston.
Also driving the domestic trend is growth in family travel, no doubt stemming from the increasing numbers of millennials with children. A new survey from MMGY Global reports surging demand for road trips among millennial families.
National parks and other scenic areas are as popular as ever, but now they have more appeal for the luxury market thanks to the burgeoning number of glamping accommodations and upscale resorts in rustic locations. Another of our stories explores how luxury dude ranches are also drawing high-end travelers to down-home places.
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Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism: Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.
Ranchers Wrangle Luxury Travelers to Wide-Open Spaces: As we frequently report in Skift New Luxury, five-star accommodation is no longer confined to the hotel sector. Shipping containers, tiny homes, and tents are all being tricked out to satisfy the high-end traveler’s need for novelty. And now, cowboy wannabes can even go posh by renting out a ranch.
Airlines and Airports
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Atlanta: An Airport Case Study in Trying to Manage Plastic Waste: To reduce plastic waste, airports have to work with airlines, concessionaires, travelers, designers, local governments, and other parties. That’s a lot of people to educate and much behavior to influence.
Google to Congress: We’re Not a Travel Monopoly: Travelers indeed shop all over the place when they are doing trip-planning. But to downplay Google’s dominant role, as an exec did Tuesday, when travel brands are spending billions of dollars annually with the search engine-turned-travel-product operator, is disingenuous.
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Photo Credit: Pictured is a civil rights mural in Birmingham, Alabama. Civil rights tourism is trending for American vacationers. Distant Horizons