Each year, Skift releases its annual team predictions identifying and interpreting the key trends for the travel industry. This January, rather than looking at a tenuous year ahead, Skift embarked to envision what the broader travel world in 2025 might look like, with the pandemic behind us. As global travel enters a new cadence, will there be a gold rush of pent-up demand or a more introspective era of travel in the decade ahead? With social, economic and environmental challenges providing a constant backdrop, what trends will spell long-term opportunity and which will prove short-lived?
The subjects we chose for this package were informed by our intensive daily coverage, long-term research, and hundreds of hours talking to travelers and leaders in the travel industry.
- Travel’s New Cadence Is More Deliberate, Introspective and Soulful
- Backyard Tourism Is On a Pedestal But Far-Flung Exploration Recovers
- Hotels Are Back With Big Upsides for Owners Who Stuck Out the Hard Times
- Work From Anywhere Spurs a New Type of Business Travel
- Asia Bulks Up Even As It Looks Inward
- Travel Sectors Get Scrambled, Definitions Blur
- The Subscription Model Becomes a Staple of Travel Industry Renewal
- Humbled Airlines Back Away From Any Brash New Ventures
- Cruise Lines Partner, Prune and Take Refuge In Their Private Islands
- The Rise of Global Mobile Wallets Upends Travel Payments
- The Robots You See and the Ones You Don’t Accelerate Automation
- More Mainstream Short-Term Rentals Cope With New Headwinds
- Product Mediocrity Seeds a New Era of Travel Industry Disruption
- Renewed Strength Matters in 2025