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Relax and spa concept. Woman with a flower in hair relaxing in a pool at Krabi, Thailand.
Relax and spa concept. Woman with a flower in hair relaxing in a pool at Krabi, Thailand. Dirima

TECHNOLOGY and combining work with pleasure are just two major trends predicted for the travel market for next year. A survey of 10,000 travellers earlier this year, along with data analysis and traveller endorsements, has shed some light on travel trends for 2017.

Instant gratification 2.0

Technology is fuelling a more demanding and impatient traveller. More than half (52%) of those surveyed expect their use of travel apps to increase in 2017. Use of smart, instant message technology that moulds to our preferences to solve every question and wish in real-time will become second nature.

Getting to business

The "bleisure" boom is well and truly under way, Of the 40% of global travellers who journeyed for business this year, 46% think they will travel even more for business next year, and 49% of business travellers already extend their business trips to further enjoy the destination.

Discover remote places

The discovered world has many undiscovered places and next year promises a trend of travellers unleashing their inner explorer. Just less than half surveyed (45%) plan to be more adventurous in their choice of destination in the coming year, while 47% would like to explore corners of the globe that none of their friends have been to.

Bring back balance

In a hectic world, people are increasingly considering travel as a way to bring balance back into their lives. Almost half (48%) see going on holiday as a moment to reflect and make better lifestyle choices. In the coming year many travellers may prioritise health conscious trips that promise harmony for the mind, body and soul - particularly those from India, China and Thailand. Spa/relaxation destinations and health/wellbeing travel are the catchcries for 2017.

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