Megatrends Defining Travel in 2018

Every year at Skift, we zero in on the big trends transforming the travel industry. We call them the Megatrends defining travel, and this year was our most mega yet.

With a new regional spotlight and a fresh focus on restaurants thanks to our colleagues at Skift Table, we included 19 editorial megatrends in our annual magazine, which is available to download here.

In mid-January in New York, we held the first of three Megatrends events and drilled down on nine of those topics, including the way travel brands are turning into experience platformshow hotels are trying to be everything to everyone, the return of European travelers to disrupted destinations, and the way restaurants are fighting the delivery boom. We recorded that event and turned it into this episode of the Skift podcast.

Speakers were Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali, hospitality editor Deanna Ting, travel tech editor Sean O’Neill, Skift Table senior editor Kristen Hawley, and news editor and podcast host Hannah Sampson.

This year’s Megatrends are sponsored by our partners at AccorHotelsAllianz Worldwide PartnersHilton Garden InnIntrepid Travelonefinestay, and Upside.

 

 

 

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Megatrends Defining Travel in 2017

Here at Skift, we talk a lot about travel trends. But once a year, we go even bigger with our Megatrends package. That’s our wide-ranging forecast for the coming year in travel, which you can find online here.

You can also hear some highlights on today’s episode of the Skift podcast. We’re bringing listeners the audio from our annual Megatrends event, held in January at a WeWork space in Manhattan.

Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali and co-founder and editor-in-chief Jason Clampet delved into nine of our 15 megatrends and touched on topics including how low-cost airlines are changing the transatlantic game; the festivalization of meetings and events; the return of humanity to travel; the rise of lean luxury; and tours and activities coming into their own.

Our Megatrends 2017 sponsors were MasterCard, UrLife, Smartling, Allianz, American Express, Four Seasons, and Hostelworld.

 

 

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