Travel Trends and New Destinations

Speaking on the occasion  of April 15-22 Tourism Week,  Dr. Zehra Saltık, lecturer in the School of Tourism and Hotel Management of Cyprus International University (CIU) said, “With changing holiday habits and evolving preferences, tourism world continues to fascinate adventurers and travelers. Recently, there have been  different trends that continue  to redefine traditional exploration concepts." 

Saltık provided information about the new trends that have emerged recently, and said, "Experiential travel, also known as immersion travel, is the rise of a type of travel in which 
travelers focus on experiencing a country, city or particular place by actively and meaningfully engaging with its history, people, culture, food and environment.”

Saltık pointed out that travelers now prioritize authenticity and sustainability in their travels, ranging from crowded markets to delicious culinary tours, from untouched natural landscapes to environmentally friendly adventures.

Furthermore, Saltık reminded that local tourism was predominant last year as more people started to discover the hidden paradises in their own countries. Exploring quiet rural villages, traveling on scenic routes or holidaying in luxury resorts, rediscovering the attraction of beauties in their homeland have all had  a significant impact on tourist behavior. 

Saltık pointed out that the digital age has also revolutionized our travel experiences and said, "With the proliferation of travel applications and online platforms, travelers can now create personalized routes and discover lesser-known adventures by having access to a wealth of information at their fingertips."

Pointing out the  importance of adopting responsible tourism practices that prioritize conservation and community participation while managing these exciting developments, Saltık added, "We must encourage a mutual relationship between travelers and destinations to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauties of our planet."

Saltık also pointed out that we should all consider our impact on the world around us, and said, “Whether you are an experienced traveler or a curious beginner, there is a world waiting to be discovered. Let's embark on this journey together and make the most out of every moment."