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Travel and tourism: what kind of traveler are you?

Stringent airport security rules, influx of finally fit baby boomers who have just retired, changing security needs, and the constant growth of niche travel are some of the trends witnessed in the travel and tourism industry in 2007. The tourism industry in the United States is booming like never before owing to better infrastructure, increasing flight availability, and lowest airfares. Some of the prominent trends in the word of tourism have been listed below:

Financially strong baby boomers: Baby boomers, who have toiled through the years and have recently retired, are using this time to explore new travel destinations. Even those who may continue to be a part of the labor force even after retirement will occasionally travel to distant places to take some time off from their busy schedules and relax.

Baby boomers are particularly flocking to spas and prominent health resorts to enjoy a quiet and rejuvenating spa vacation. Number of chain hotels these days offer spa-like amenities coupled with interesting health programs like detoxification wraps, aromatherapy, salt baths and so on to lure this segment of travelers.

Cruises: A growing number of affluent travelers these days prefer to stay on the cruise to enjoy a long holiday loaded with fun and excitement. The cruise industry is currently involved in providing cruising opportunities to middle income groups as well through competitive holiday packages to nearby destinations.

For the boomer populations, cruising is synonymous with safety, affordability, entertainment, and adventure. Royal Caribbean cruises seem to be a major attraction for this group of travelers due to strategically and conveniently located homeports offered on the Caribbean itinerary. Cruising is also preferred by younger generations, honeymoon couples, and families to break free from busy schedules and enjoy a relaxing holiday on board.

Green Travel is in: Since the year 2007 is expected to be the warmest year, green travel is going to be in great demand. Travelers will be on the lookout for hotels and airlines with “green” ratings. Hybrid car rentals and eco-friendly destinations will therefore be important components of the green travel plan.

Connoisseur Travel in great demand: In recent years, Americans are particularly drawn to Connoisseur travel, the most obvious example being growing popularity of wine tours in the past decade. Instead of exploring secluded beaches, connoisseur travelers prefer to spend their time gathering information about their area of interest may it be wine, antiques, jewelry, architecture, or historical artifacts.

As the tourism industry grows, travelers can expect better package deals, and lower airfares.

Online check-in is becoming very competitive and better luggage courier services are being offered. However, the security standards will continue to remain an issue in this year and you may also expect changes in the passport requirements.

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