SOURCE: Tours.com

May 14, 2015 17:17 ET

Travel in 2030: What Will Travelers Want?

Tours.com's Travel-Intel Looks at the Math and Motivations That Predict What Will Move Today's Travelers Tomorrow

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2015) - Travel in the third decade will look eons away from what travel looks like now. At least that is according to figures compiled by Amadeus, provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry.

Tours.com's Travel-Intel notes that by 2030 more than 1.8 billion people will be traveling internationally every year, and what will motivate travel and travel behaviors will be radically different. Amadeus, in partnership with the Future Foundation identified six psychographic travel personalities or "travel tribes," that will determine how people travel 15 years from now and what they will be seeking in a travel experience.

At the same time, Virtuoso, a consortium of travel agents focused on high end and luxury brand travel, surveyed its membership and added information from such research partners as Wealth Engine to determine who is traveling now and what they want. Findings were divided by age group. Not surprisingly, Millennials, also characterized as the "Me" generation, are looking at customized off-the-roster tours and experiences but because they are launching or at mid-career, those experiences are likely to take place in North America.

By contrast, Baby Boomers are building a trend in multi-generational travel with some 47 percent of travelers over the age of 45 planning to take a multi-generational family vacation in the next 12 months, as reported by AARP.

One of the places they might consider for that memory-making trip is the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. The luxury-minded Wyoming guest ranch has the acreage, the activities and the soft adventure that family groups may seek, allowing each member of the family to roam the chaparral as they wish, whether by horse, by trail bike, by foot or by a perfect spa day, according to Kurtz-Ahlers & Associates, which represents the ranch.

As wedding season approaches, Travel-Intel noted budget-focused destinations for brides- and grooms-to-be to have their pre-wedding bashes. New studies indicate that expensive bachelor and bachelorette parties that require best friends to shell out funds that far exceed the cost of wedding attire can cause serious rifts in friendships.

Finally, Travel-Intel also looks at a new world-class museum that opened up in Shanghai last month. The Shanghai Natural History Museum is the newest museum in China and, with the architecture and design presented by Perkins+Will's Global Design, may be one of the most progressive buildings on the planet. Checking out the "bones" of this museum will mean more than enjoying the paleontological exhibits on display.

Travel-Intel is a publication that goes out weekly to more than 103,000 sellers of travel. It is also posted online at Tours.com. The publication reports from travel conferences and expos, as well as popular hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and ports, and destinations near and far with stories that feature the latest intel on travel. Current features and archives can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.

"Travel-Intel tries to pull in information on travel from all over the globe to make travel decisions easier for travelers and travel experiences easier for travel agents to sell," said Lark Gould, content director for Travel-Intel and Tours.com. "There are always new trends afoot and these are important markers to watch."

As a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, Gould puts her incisive perspective into the weekly publication, with features and news updates, and also "packages" issues that detail great travel deals to be found at hotels and resort locations worldwide. Travel-Intel can be viewed as a stand-alone site on Tours.com. Gould publishes travel columns and stories in Larkslist, Barclay's Travel Community, the Washington Times, and Business Traveler USA.

Tours.com is the online worldwide directory of travel. As the most comprehensive tour and travel directory out there Tours.com is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an authority website, which launched 1995. It features a deep and searchable database of tours and tour companies according to company, region and experience. It features more than 8,000 tour companies around the world. It is also a one-stop resource for visa information, important phone numbers for travelers, regional experts, and travel agents certified with in-depth knowledge in their chosen areas. For local sightseeing information in cities and towns around the world, companion site, Sightseeing.com, is the resource.

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