Travel trends forecast: Shopping hotels, 'Nollywood' and digital detoxing
Hotels in the Middle East are moving into shopping malls.
Nigeria is becoming a new travel hot spot.
Geeks need a detox.
Just three of the interesting findings from a new study, World Travel Market's Global Trends Report 2012.
In the report, Euromonitor forecast nine major global travel trends for the next four years (till 2016).
Some are familiar, others unexpected. Here are the most thought-provoking discoveries.
1. Smart TVs will take off. These sophisticated TV sets incorporate Internet, social media and sponsored applications, which allow viewers to learn more details about a certain destination, such as hotel prices, by interacting with a travel program.
2. Tingo.com is the new travel booking star. The TripAdvisor-owned website rebooks travelers' reservations whenever there is a price-drop to the booked room up till 24 hours before the check-in and refunds the price difference.
Tingo has reimbursed £56,000 (US$89,757) to users between the past March, the month it launched, and August 2012, according to Euromonitor.
3. More hotels in the Middle East open inside shopping malls, which is a result of a strong shopping tourism in the region.
4. Nigeria will be a film tourism hot spot due to its robust movie industry, colloquially known as "Nollywood." Euromonitor projects growth of the country's tourist arrivals to increase from 2 percent in 2012 to nearly 3.5 percent in 2015.
5. Digital detox holidays. A growing number of world's population is addicted to portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
Euromonitor expects a trend of hotels and resorts launching theme packages and suites aimed at relaxing modern travelers in a technology- and connection-free environment.
Read the full version of the World Travel Market’s Global Trends Report 2012.