Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019

It’s an annual tradition here at Skift: The editorial staff gets together to talk and talk and talk about what we see as the biggest emerging travel industry trends for the coming year.

We call these our Megatrends, because they’re just that big, and this year we have 12 in our annual magazine. We like to introduce them to the world by highlighting a handful of these travel trends in front of a crowd; this year, we’re doing that in 10 cities around the world.

The first took place in mid-January in New York City, and we recorded that event. This episode of the Skift podcast focuses on the Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019. Some of those trends include travel brands giving more control to consumers; the appeal of undertourism; the way lines are being blurred in hospitality; the rise of wellness marketing in travel; and Google’s domination of local discovery.

We had a lineup of Skift all-stars presenting: Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill, Research Director Haixia Wang, Senior Editor Andrew Sheivachman, Senior Hospitality Editor Deanna Ting, Executive Editor Dennis Schaal, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Jason Clampet, Founder and CEO Rafat Ali, and Senior Enterprise Editor Hannah Sampson.

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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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