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Travel Consumer Insights

Semi-Private Travel
Companies are boasting private & semi-private flights for the post-COVID era
Trend - Airlines, resorts, and travel-related brands are planning for private or semi-private flights. While before such experiences have been considered luxurious, in the post-COVID era, these services seem more like a necessity for comfort.

Insight - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government-imposed restrictions that have been in effect for many months, consumers have altered their habits and interactions for the sake of safety. As countries gradually reopen and the economy attempts a re-start, individuals are remaining wary and anxious in their surroundings. In order to feel comfortable, safe, and at ease, consumers are looking for more intimate services.
Workshop Question - How can your brand ease anxiety for consumers in the post-COVID era?
8
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Health Passport
Mobile apps are enabling consumers to have their COVID-19 medical records on-hand
Trend - Companies are launching specialized mobile platforms—referred to as "digital health passports" or "immunity passports"—that will store COVID-19 immunization records and test results. These tools are envisioned as risk-mitigating solutions for travel, retail, and more.

Insight - Many consumers are struggling to keep up or even fully understand the ever-changing restrictions surrounding travel and commerce both at home and abroad. Aware that they need to present a plethora of new documentation in order to be allowed to partake in activities or travel, consumers are looking for solutions that will make their experience easier and more convenient. This allows them to be better organized and, as a result, less stressed when trying to navigate COVID-19 restrictions.
Workshop Question - How can your company assist in upholding COVID-19 protocols/community safety?
6.5
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Airport Retail
Airport retailers are turning to digital solutions to adapt to COVID-19 rules
Trend - With businesses continuing to adapt to the changes that COVID-19 has brought on, airport retailers are turning to digital solutions that allow people to shop in a way that's safe. These solutions include everything from in-airport food deliveries to augmented product sampling.

Insight - The economic consequences that COVID-19 has brought on has resulted in businesses having to make quick and transformative changes in order to keep up with consumer demand. This demand comes with concerns from consumers about maintaining their health and safety, and brands are trying to manage those concerns with their bottom line.
Workshop Question - How is your brand going to continue prioritizing customer or employee safety?
7.1
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Nature Novice
Adventure tourism brands offer slower-paced novice trips for a new wave of travelers
Trend - When vacationing during COVID-19, North Americans are opting for trips that focus on the outdoors. Many of these consumers aren't experienced with outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, or kayaking and want to learn. In response, adventure tourism brands are offering slower-paced trips to accommodate the new surge of travelers.

Insight - The traveling industry has been drastically altered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shelter-in-place restrictions and the increased time spent indoors have given many consumers time to reflect on what they want to experience in life–with many finding a preference for outdoor experiences. As "well-being" takes on a new meaning in the era of COVID-19, priorities have shifted with many consumers and they now looking to unplug and reconnect with the natural world.
Workshop Question - How can your brand accommodate shifting consumer priorities amid COVID-19?
6.9
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Eco Space
Designers are envisioning products that will ensure more sustainable space travel
Trend - Sustainability as a key trend is actively breaking into the spaceflight industry, as designers and startups are deploying various eco-conscious and reusable innovations in a bid to minimize space waste or ensure self-sufficient space travel.

Insight - Contemporary consumers are uneasy with the visible consequences of climate change, as well as the knowledge of the enormous amounts of waste found in oceans, nature, and even space. Many are using this discomfort as motivation to advocate strongly for more sustainable practices from brands, governments, and industries. This allows individuals to find some sense of purpose and gain peace of mind in their willingness to take action.


Workshop Question - What sustainable choices can your brand make to put consumers at ease?
5.4
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Travel Branding
Brands are embracing travel nostalgia in their marketing during COVID-19
Trend - As consumers are advised to avoid all non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, brands are looking to supplement the excitement of leaving the country through global flavors and travel-themed marketing.

Insight - The government-imposed COVID-19 health and safety measures have placed strict restrictions on consumer lifestyles and as the pandemic continues, many are starting to experience nostalgia for some of the activities that they could enjoy frivolously prior to the outbreak. In this space, individuals are looking to make the best of the situation and are increasingly receptive to novelty items as such products bring them some enjoyment through reminiscence.
Workshop Question - How can your brand harness pre-pandemic consumer nostalgia in its marketing?
7
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Scenic Flight
Airlines are launching "flights to nowhere" to fulfill consumers' desire to travel
Trend - Airlines are launching new scenic flights that depart and land in the same location. These scenic flights vary in time and typically offer consumers a guided experience alongside in-flight food and beverages.

Insight - At a time when most people are stuck at home and unable to travel, many are looking for unique experiences that satisfy their desire to travel. Many consumers are used to traveling weekly for both professional and personal reasons and miss the experience of travel just as much as reaching new destinations. These consumers want a change in their routine to alleviate boredom and see new sights.
Workshop Question - How can your brand rethink its products or services to offer novel experiences?
5.1
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Urban Camper
The popularity of hybrid urban-camping products has increased during COVID-19
Trend - Brands are launching outdoor collections that will suit the casual urban camper. These products are identified by the versatility they bring both to the urban, as well as the camping environment—from luxury-focused outdoor apparel that blends functionality and style to multi-purpose dining containers that can be used in the office.

Insight - Since consumers have had to cancel all non-essential travel and the borders of many countries remain heavily restricted, many are looking for ways to escape their homes in a safer and more accessible manner during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this space, many are opting-in for camping and other accessible getaways that are close in proximity. As individuals identify the equipment they need to make their plan work, they are looking to negotiate the versatility of products.
Workshop Question - Conceptualize a product that will offer consumers functionality in urban and rural environments.
7.9
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Proximity Escape
Brands are launching local vacations and curated experiences during COVID-19
Trend - As traveling has substantially subsided during the ongoing pandemic, brands in the travel and hotel industry are launching special discounts, contests, and offers for unique experiences in one's vicinity. With features focusing exclusively on wellness, these initiatives are boasting a short-term change of pace for an individual or a small group.

Insight - Due to the government's orders, pertaining to health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have diligently cancelled all non-essential travel plans and remained socially distant at home. As time goes on, consumers are becoming more and more restless in their personal quarters, especially if they share a space with family or roommates. Recognizing that they need a change of pace, many individuals are opting-in for short escapes that are convenient, safe, and nearby.
Workshop Question - How can your brand delight consumers with change during COVID-19?
7.5
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Hotel Pivots
Hotels are repurposing their rooms to offer new services amid COVID-19
Trend - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, various hotel brands across the globe are pivoting their rooms to offer new services. These repurposed rooms include pop-up restaurants, temporary work offices, and emergency hospital rooms.

Insight - Consumer needs have evolved drastically with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many consumers concerned about adequate care access, the ability to work in a distraction-free zone, and even looking for safe opportunities to dine out. As they try to accept the "new normal" they are facing, they are turning to brands to provide options that allow them to regain a sense of normalcy and safety amid the confusion.
Workshop Question - How can you pivot your business or service amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
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