In the current market, millennials are putting pressure on the leisure tourism industry with very specific demands. Hotels, airlines, and restaurants alike are going all out to ensure that they are ready to host these new-age travellers. Here, we round-up the top 10 trends driving millennial travel choices.
Last minute travel
A sign that they like living on the edge or are just poor planners? Whichever the case, the majority of millennials book their holidays one month or less in advance. Short-haul travel destinations, take note.
The beach beckons
UAE millennials are inspired by the coastline when they choose their holiday destination and tend to travel to countries that boast white, sandy beaches. Fortunately, these are a short flight away from the UAE, think island escapes like the Seychelles or Mauritius.
The majority of millennials travel to explore popular Instagrammable attractions like the Colosseum in Rome or the Eiffel Tower in Paris and eat at the best restaurants and cafes.
Discussing the hotel they stayed at is one of the most popular topics for millennials after they return from their travels, a sign that accommodation is a very important part of their holiday.
Despite the perception that Facebook is losing popularity among millennials, the social media website is the most popular app amongst millennials when they travel, with a vast majority choosing this platform versus any other to post holiday pictures.
Will travel for food
UAE millennial travellers are enticed by the gastronomic landscape of countries. Discovering the culinary scene is high on their agenda, with London and Paris among some of the preferred destinations for food.
Street food galore
A majority of millennials have a hunger for authentic experiences, especially when it comes to food, and actively seek out local street food, from Bangkok to Barcelona.
The food files
The holy grail of fast food, pizza, pasta, and burger continue to retain its hold among millennials. The generation Z is most likely to post pictures of these food choices on their social media during their holiday.
Through the lens
While man-made attractions are a source of great inspiration for millennial travellers, natural wonders are not forgotten. Most millennials snap pictures that capture natural beauty, whether it is an unforgettable sunset or the perfect snowflake.