Global tourism is poised for a rebound to pre-pandemic levels in 2024, with millions gearing up for travel in the coming months. A recent analysis by Bloomberg sheds light on key trends shaping the travel landscape this year.

Advancements in AI technology are revolutionizing travel planning tools, with Expedia Group’s Romie app leading the charge. Romie now crafts personalized itineraries and adeptly handles unexpected disruptions.

Additionally, biometric technology is streamlining airport procedures, expediting check-ins and baggage drops. The prospect of passport-free travel by late 2024 looms on the horizon.

However, international travel costs are soaring, averaging over $9,000 per person this summer, according to Squaremouth. Consequently, travel insurance prices are on the rise.
To mitigate expenses, experts recommend insuring only non-refundable expenses in case of trip cancellation.

The travel industry is increasingly catering to individuals with special needs, recognizing the $58 billion market. A staggering 87% of families with autistic children find travel too daunting, reports Autism Travel.

In response, hotels like Virgin Hotels are earning “Autism Double Checked” certification, training staff to assist autistic guests.

Meanwhile, Google Maps is enhancing accessibility features, including listings for wheelchair-accessible locations and providing screen reader and voice guidance for blind or low-vision travelers.

A surge in last-minute bookings, fueled by Gen Z travelers, is noted by luxury camping firm Autocamp. The allure of nature getaways and national park visits is prompting outdoor hospitality companies to offer unique accommodations like luxury treehouses and lakeside domes.

Major hotel chains are also embracing all-inclusive models, establishing properties in global hotspots complete with expansive spas, farm-to-table menus, and rooftop bars boasting ocean vistas.

Despite these exciting developments, hotel prices are expected to climb in most major cities throughout 2024, according to the Hotel Monitor 2024 report by American Express Global Business Travel.