Ten Tourism Trends for 2014
Each year Dr. David Edgell, Professor of Tourism, Trade, And Economic Development at East Carolina University, looks to the year ahead and comes up with what he believes will be some of the top trends in tourism. What are your thoughts? Do you agree?
From Dr. Edgell, Ten tourism trends for 2014:
- Continued impact on the travel and tourism industry resulting from the global economic slowdown
- Concerns for safety and security remain an important issue for the travel and tourism industry
- Necessity for increased local/regional/national leadership in tourism policy and strategic planning
- Importance of maintaining a destination’s sustainability of social, cultural, natural and built resources
- Educating users about optimization of technologies and online applications in the tourism industry
- Understanding the transformative effect travel and tourism has on global socio-economic progress
- Responding to increased interest in potential long-term consequences of climate change on tourism
- Negative impact on the travel and tourism industry of increases in fuel prices and airline fees
- Effect on travel and tourism from natural and manmade disasters and world political disruptions
- Changes in tourism demand resulting from increased travel by emerging nations
Sources of information: university discussions, conferences and seminars, tourism documents, Internet, survey information, industry data, books, articles, and publications, utilization of a modified Delphi approach to gather certain research information, and comments from interested colleagues, students, and others.