The travel industry never stands still, and next year we can expect to see a new set of trends making an impact on the industry and shaking things up. But how will we meet these challenges?

Trafalgar always has its finger on the pulse of the Australian travel industry, and some exciting new trends are expected to emerge that will shape the travel landscape and meet a whole new set of customer needs and expectations.

Read on to learn about the top industry trends to look for in 2018, and how Trafalgar is responding to these new challenges…

 

1. DEALS THAT ARE TRANSPARENT AND EASY TO BOOK

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Consumers and agents are getting frustrated with complicated T&Cs and fare rules, and are looking for transparency and a booking process that’s fast and simple.

With Trafalgar’s refreshed agent website and new air portal, its Fly for $699 on all 97 Europe & Britain trips promo is really simple to book. Lock in air and land without having to search for hidden fare rules and sift through complicated T&Cs – because Trafalgar is always putting #AgentsFirst!

And it’s the best deal for the year right now – so don’t wait!

 

2. BUCKET LIST/MULTI-COUNTRY TRIPS

Multi-country trips are on the rise again, and travellers are looking to make the most of their holidays by visiting as many of their bucket-list destinations as possible on the one trip.

Trafalgar listened to this trend with its multi-country Discovery trips, which have been enhanced for 2018 with the inclusion of its renowned Be My Guest program, which makes it possible for travellers to connect with locals and share their stories while they dine. 

Even more, Discoveries are all 100% definite departures – which is great news for both agents and customers alike!

 

3. TRAVELLERS ARE LOOKING TO EXPERIENCE THE GOOD LIFE

Travellers are looking to connect with different cultures and locals as much as possible when they travel, and once again Trafalgar is meeting this demand through their guided holiday experiences.

Trafalgar guests can live la dolce vita in Rome with an exclusive invitation to cook and dine with local chef Fabio in his riverside apartment, which is where Marlon Brando once lived.

They can also forage for food on Ireland’s wild west coast and feast on the freshest seafood with local legend Oona, or head to a sleepy village in Hvar, one of the jewels in Croatia’s crown, for a traditional lunch with a family who cook food under the clay bell at their stud farm.

 

4. LOOKING TO GET MORE OUT OF CITY STAYS

Travellers are looking for immersive City Stays in their favourites places around the world, and are no longer content to just skim the surfaces.

Instead, they’re looking to go deeper and experience the city like a local, and once again Trafalgar is meeting this need through its City Explorer holidays.

So far, the City Explorers have been very popular, and from next year Madrid and Berlin have been added to the range of trips currently on offer.

Trafalgar is also at the forefront of the trend of crowdsourcing experiences, and through their partnership with VizEat, guests on City Explorers are able to share a delicious meal in a local home – yum!

 

5. MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHEN THEY TRAVEL

Travellers are becoming more conscious of the footprints they leave behind on their travels and are increasingly wanting to give back to the people, regions and cultures they visit.

Through its partnership with TTC’s Treadright Foundation, Trafalgar is investing in local communities and helping at-risk cultures continue their traditions and way of life for future generations.

Through its JoinTrafalgar program, they’re also making it possible for travellers to give back through a range of initiatives, such as letting travellers keep the legend of the Von Trapp family alive with a visit and stay at the Schloss Leopoldskron which dates back to 1736; or giving them the chance to meet the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in their Monastery in Austria and learn how their youth work is improving the lives of women and children around the world.

So what are you waiting for? Book Trafalgar’s Fly for $699 air deal on 97 Europe and Britain Trafalgar trips promo now – beat the price rise and book it now.

Also, join the Trafalgar Tribe on Facebook to have the most up to date information on what’s trending, find social posts to use to boost sales, information and incentives.

What trends do you see shaping the travel industry in 2018 and beyond? Tell us in the comments below…

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