Trends Revealed at “Elevate” – Global Travel Collection Virtual Conference and Trade Show
Posted: October 18, 2021 3:59 PM CDT|Update: 1 hour ago
NEW YORK, October 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As countries reopen their borders and international air travel picks up, pent-up demand for hard-earned vacations is driving new luxury travel trends. Travel counselors and experts from the Global Travel Collection (GTC) recently shared key information on travel bookings at ‘Elevate’, the international virtual conference and trade show that brought together luxury travel counselors with 300 from the industry’s leading luxury travel providers.
The travel advisers of the All Star Travel group, Andrew Harper, Colletts Travel, In The Know Experiences, Protravel International, R. Crusoe & Son and Tzell Travel Group, along with advisors from ALTOUR, a sister company of GTC at Internova Travel Group, constitute the largest travel sales force in luxury.
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- Luxury redefines itself. Luxury travel advisor Maya georges from Tzell Travel Group notes that luxury travel is now more than expensive five-star hotels and first-class flights. It’s the complete package from start to finish, and the connections made throughout the travel experience.
- Travel planning is now done further. Tiffany Bowne of All Star Travel Groups share that they are already booking summer and fall 2022 trips for clients, many of whom are also using a travel counselor for the first time. They also book multiple luxury trips at a time.
- Travelers spend more. It has been almost two years since some clients have taken a trip, said Scott Davis of ALTOUR, so they are ready to pay more for their next vacation.
- Brazil is trending around the world, according to Wagner Barros of Colletts Travel. “Some places of Brazil remind travelers Maldives,” he says.
- Exotic and distant destinations are always sought after. Travelers go to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for sport fishing, said the luxury travel advisor Paulette Darensbourg by Protravel International. Maya georges adds, there is also a huge buzz around Zanzibar and Roatan, Honduras.
- Travelers still flock to the Caribbean and Mexico for privacy. Amy blackenship d’ALTOUR explains that there are many private villas here and that these destinations are easily accessible by private plane.
- Safety and ease of entry are paramount. Luxury travel advisor Leslie Tillem of Tzell Travel Group says customers are constantly asking questions about travel requirements and health and safety protocols. This should continue well over the next few years.
- People want something different. Lily szemplinski of In The Know Experiences shares that customers want every detail of their travels taken care of so they can seek out new inspiring and enlightening experiences.
- Luxury travel is evolving in a way that connects people to luxury goods. Kamala Cummings of In The Know Experiences notes that its clients view travel as a way to rejuvenate their soul. They seek experiences and accommodations steeped in gastronomy, art and fashion.
- Luxury travelers are also looking for sustainability. Wagner Barros is continuing this trend, which will continue as customers increasingly demand environmentally friendly hotels and operators.
- Luxury is no longer necessarily opulent hotels. It becomes more and more experiential and cultural, based on the offerings of a property and within the destination itself, sharing Stephen scott, Protravel International.
- Small resorts and villas provide the perfect getaway. Small seaside resorts and villas are the most sought after accommodation, with private yachts, notes Linda seargent of the Tzell travel group. Travelers want to have access to the amenities of the resort, but with the private space.
- Nationally, luxury clients are looking for properties outside of major cities. What the pandemic has shown is that we need more hotels in these areas, shares Ashley Les of Protravel International.
- Space travel arouses interest. Greg Kiep of Protravel International notes that space travel is something that, while still new to luxury travel, will continue to generate interest over the next five years.
- More and more people are opting for trains rather than flights. The quality of time alone is underestimated, says Maya georges. Some travelers prefer to take longer routes or different modes of travel, such as long scenic train rides, to get away from it all.
- The cruise is making a big comeback. There is increasing interest in luxury river cruises, especially in Europe, for 2022 and 2023, comments Paulette Darensbourg. Global cruises sell out in record time, notes Scott Davis.
âOur travel advisors are trusted advisors with in-depth knowledge of emerging trends in the luxury travel space, and they know how to deliver these experiences to their clients in a transparent manner,â said Angie High School, president of Global Travel Collection. âThey are increasingly becoming janitors with their levels of service. For the ultra-luxury clientele, these advisors travel with their clients to make sure everything is done correctly. They accompany their travelers every step of the way, saving them the time and hassle of having to make the necessary changes to their itinerary themselves. “
Internova Travel Group recently launched its “Become human. Human Book.“Advertising campaign to promote the value of a travel counselor as the complexity of travel continues in the wake of the pandemic. At the heart of the campaign is an immersive web experience on BookHuman.Travel that connects consumers directly with travel advisers from Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group and Andrew Harper Travel, travel brands of Global Travel Collection, the luxury and upscale division of Internova.
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About Global Travel Collection
World travel collection (GTC), a division of Internova Travel Group, is the world’s largest collection of international luxury travel agencies, including the well-established networks of Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group and Colletts Travel, as well as Andrew Harper, In the Know Experiences, All Star Travel Group and R. Crusoe & Son. GTC Consultants and Agencies are industry leaders in providing premium travel services to leisure travelers, business executives and the entertainment industry. The combined global reach and leverage translates into value, recognition and preferential treatment for its travelers around the world.
About Internova Travel Group
Internova Travel Group is one of the world’s largest travel services companies with a collection of leading brands providing high quality personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise businesses through a portfolio of separate divisions. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel counselors at more than 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations, primarily in United States, Canada and the UK, with a presence in more than 80 countries.
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