For this year's installment of our annual Megatrends, we look far into the future to better explain where the travel industry is headed after one of the most challenging years in recent history.
Each year, Skift releases its annual team predictions identifying and interpreting the key trends for the travel industry. This January, rather than looking at a tenuous year ahead, Skift embarked to envision what the broader travel world in 2025 might look like, with the pandemic behind us. As global travel enters a new cadence, will there be a gold rush of pent-up demand or a more introspective era of travel in the decade ahead? With social, economic and environmental challenges providing a constant backdrop, what trends will spell long-term opportunity and which will prove short-lived?
The subjects we chose for this package were informed by our intensive daily coverage, long-term research, and hundreds of hours talking to travelers and leaders in the travel industry.
- Travel’s New Cadence Is More Deliberate, Introspective and Soulful
- Backyard Tourism Is On a Pedestal But Far-Flung Exploration Recovers
- Hotels Are Back With Big Upsides for Owners Who Stuck Out the Hard Times
- Work From Anywhere Spurs a New Type of Business Travel
- Asia Bulks Up Even As It Looks Inward
- Travel Sectors Get Scrambled, Definitions Blur
- The Subscription Model Becomes a Staple of Travel Industry Renewal
- Humbled Airlines Back Away From Any Brash New Ventures
- Cruise Lines Partner, Prune and Take Refuge In Their Private Islands
- The Rise of Global Mobile Wallets Upends Travel Payments
- The Robots You See and the Ones You Don’t Accelerate Automation
- More Mainstream Short-Term Rentals Cope With New Headwinds
- Product Mediocrity Seeds a New Era of Travel Industry Disruption
- Renewed Strength Matters in 2025