The five trends changing luxury travel today

Published on : Tuesday, March 28, 2017 has identified five trends and characteristics defining luxury travel.


The trends are the emergence of the new luxury consumer, the trend to learning and enrichment, the need to put something back, the rise of the ephemeral and instant, and the unwavering need for great service.


In the Limited Access Luxury Travel Report, developed with Executive PA magazine and the Luxperience annual travel show, says modern luxury travel reflects wider macro-economic trends. These include rising levels of inequality, which make conspicuous public displays of wealth less acceptable.


In tandem with less ostentation, higher spiritual and emotional motives are now coming more into play – such as the need for inner fulfillment, creativity, self esteem, belonging and contentedness. In short, experience transcends dollars at the higher end of luxury travel. The consequence: demand for luxury experiences seems to be growing faster than the demand for luxury goods.


Other trends are in play, says Carolyn Childs, the report’s author and co-founder of


“Beyond the growth in experiential travel overall, there is clear evidence of a rise in a more fragmented, informed and demanding luxury travel audience,” she says.


Some things don’t change. Luxury travellers are placing an even greater emphasis on service. They are also increasingly insisting on a wider diversity of experiences. Empowered by the internet and a surplus of service providers in the luxury sector, high-end travellers are becoming more demanding.


The following realities now apply to the modern luxury travel market, says Childs:


“For more than 3,000 years luxury consumption has adapted to wider socio-economic circumstances. Luxury never disappears – it just reinvents itself,” she notes.


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