Trends & Research

Intercontinental Hotels Group Predicts 2010 Travel Trends

Nick Rich, IHG's director of consumer insights for Europe, Middle East and Africa gives his predictions for business and leisure travel in 2010 Introduction from Kirk Kinsell, IHG's president for Europe, Middle East and Africa "The long-term future of the travel industry looks healthy. The internet is making travel more accessible, passenger numbers continue to rise on low cost airlines and people are now living longer than at anytime in our history — when you retire you don't go to the old people's home, you head for the airport! On top of this, new markets are beginning to travel. The...

2010's Top Travel Trends

Compiled by Juliet Kinsman, Mr & Mrs Smith 1. Cheap-chic holiday houses and apartments A high level of looks and service in a traditional setting; the self-catering cottage. 2. Boutique B&Bs Guesthouses with gusto adopt come-hither sexiness from the boutique big boys. For the US, boutique motels like made-over motel Hotel San Jose in Austin, Texas. 3. Upmarket all-inclusives Money is still a major issue for people - even at the luxury end - so we're looking for value more than ever: upscale packages are desirable as there aren't any hidden costs or room service extras above and beyond what...

SpaFinder Unveils Seventh Annual 'Top 10 Global Spa Trends' to Watch in 2010

SpaFinder, Inc., the global spa and wellness resource, today revealed its "2010 Spa Trends Forecast," naming global spa trends that will influence spa experiences for both consumers and the industry in 2010 and for years to come. Now in its seventh year, SpaFinder's annual forecast is widely anticipated by the $255 billion-plus global spa and wellness industries and the business community. SpaFinder President, Susie Ellis, previewed the trends at a special online presentation attended by press and industry professionals, held in association with The University of California, Irvine, Spa and Hospitality Management Program. Recognized for being the first to forecast...

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