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Airbnb is getting adventurous. Early on Thursday, the vacation rental site announced the launch of Airbnb Adventures, an adventure tourism platform that will be an all-in-one product for accommodations, meals, expeditions and more.
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Wealthy or not, it's good to know where the well-do-to are vacationing and where the up-and-coming "it" destinations will be for the next few seasons.
A shortcut to that intel comes from the advisors who consult with wealthy Americans about their vacation goals and bucket lists and then book those journeys.
Global luxury travel network Virtuoso polled advisors, crunched numbers from $49.5 billion in bookings and transactions for September through December 2019, and shared a couple of top 10 lists as well as insights on some emerging travel trends. Tried-and-true destinations remain popular but a number of new destinations are emerging as the rich seek out more private, low-key travel experiences or travel with family on multigenerational trips.
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The top 10 destinations
"Americans increasingly choose to travel domestically for the holidays," said Virtuoso, which puts the United States, with its vast array of destinations and attractions, in the lead spot for this fall.
As it has in the past, Europe's appeal as a summer destination will continue as the weather grows cooler this year, with destinations such as Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain in spots 2, 3, 4, 8 and 10, respectively, on the list.
South Africa and Israel, in the middle of the list, at #5 and #6, remain popular destinations for families seeking "trips of a lifetime" during the holiday season, according to Virtuoso. And Japan, the top emerging "it" country in Virtuoso's 2019 Luxe Report, takes its place on the Top 10 list of fall and holiday season destinations at #9.
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Travelers looking for a European getaway are in luck, as a range of airlines are currently offering deals to several popular cities from as early as September through June of 2020. Some of the top deals found on Google Flights are available from a variety of U.S. cities to Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. These include $243 round-trip flights from New York to Barcelona, $260 round-trip flights from New York to Paris, $277 round-trip flights from New York to Madrid, $280 round-trip flights from Boston to Madrid, $299 round-trip flights from Chicago to Brussels, and $310 round-trip flights from Boston to Brussels.
Adventure travelers are broadening their horizons beyond well-known European cities, seeking new frontiers off the beaten path. Remote, unspoiled places like Antarctica and the Arctic are also sought after by upscale adventurers . Adventure travelers are also journeying to destinations with rare
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Luxury leisure travel bookings being made by advisors in the Ovation Travel Group for 2019 and 2020 seem to be following those trends, said Gina Gabbard, senior vice president of leisure and independent advisors at travel management company Ovation.
"Italy is overwhelmingly the hands-down favorite among international destinations, with increased interest now in Southern Italy," said Gabbard. "Our advisors note its amazing food and wine, culture and diversity of things to do, including history and art, along with available luxury accommodations. Direct flights from the U.S. are a plus."
Despite concerns about Brexit, bookings to the United Kingdom are holding their own, said Gabbard. "The added benefit to our clients is that the value of the U.S. dollar is so strong against the pound."
Virtuoso's hot 10 list
Virtuoso also shared its "Hot 10" list, which is made up of countries experiencing the largest increases by percentage in year-over-year bookings. In some cases, the increases come from a country and its offerings being "discovered" or better promoted. In other cases, it's a sign political fears may be subsiding.
Air travel was chosen by 4.4 billion travelers in 2018
At a time when the environmental impact of air travel is the stuff of controversy, a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has just been released, stating that the number of travelers opting to fly increased by 6.9% in 2018. Last year, EasyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian and other low-cost airlines transported a total of 21% of the passengers that chose air travel. In comparison, in 2004, that percentage was 11%. The Asia-Pacific region saw the biggest part of that traffic, with over 1.6 billion passengers, translating into a 9.2% increase. Incidentally, the busiest itinerary is the one between Hong Kong and Taipei, with 5.
Among them is the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where Anne Steen is executive director of the school's Graduate Career Center. "Students that put themselves out there need to understand that they have to have all of their ducks in a row, and put their best case forward," she said.
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For September through December 2019, the list is topped by Uruguay (up 286%), which Virtuoso attributes to the country's award-winning wineries, pleasant climate and adventure opportunities.
Bookings are also way up for travel to the beach retreats of the Maldives (up 171%) as well as Malta (up 140%), Romania (135%) and Egypt (up 122%). Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Qatar, South Korea and the fjords of Norway (up 96%) round out the list of up-and-coming destinations.
Privacy is a priority
"We're seeing a rise in exclusive-use travel as people look for the ultimate in privacy and seclusion while getting away from it all," said Misty Belles, Virtuoso's managing director for global public relations. "Home rentals, from villas to condos, jumped 56% this year, with millennials and multigenerational trips both contributing to the growing popularity in residences."
Belles says private yacht travel is also gathering momentum as people look to escape crowds and explore smaller, lesser-known ports of call.
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Several hunting outfits in the United States help organize safari hunts in countries like South Africa and Zimbabwe, where licensed hunting is legal. Mr. West sets up as many as 50 overseas hunts a year for well-heeled travelers , many of them in Africa. He said that his clients are financially savvy
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When it comes to hotel stays, Becky Powell, president of Virtuoso-member Protravel International, said hyper-personalized stays are in.
"Increasingly, hotels are using technology to connect and build relationships with guests and instantly fix issues," said Powell. Hotels are also focusing on sustainability and emphasizing connections to the destination or city they are in with local partnerships and unique experiences, she said.
Lots of stories about overtourism have been in then news, "but now we are seeing it translate into client conversations and influence decisions," said Jack Ezon, founder of Virtuoso member Embark.
"Our clients want to feel like travelers, not tourists. And no matter how wealthy they are, they don't want to see a Prada or Gucci on every corner," he said.
Instead, Ezon said upscale travelers are increasingly seeking out charming and "new" secondary destinations, staying in neighborhoods beyond the popular city centers and traveling during the off or shoulder-seasons not to save money, but to have more of the city to themselves.
Airbnb adds getaways in tune with the animal kingdom .
Airbnb on Thursday began offering "Animal Experiences" -- promising harmony with nature, from lazing with alpacas to helping dogs struggling to survive in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. © Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg The logos of Airbnb Inc. on banners. The startup expanded beyond home-sharing services about three years ago into offering ways for travelers to dive into local happenings. Airbnb has built a line-up of "experiences," in which lodging comes with conduits to local cuisine, arts, music, outdoor adventures and even socially-minded activities.