A recent report by Thomas Cook (India) has revealed that film tourism will be a major travel trend in 2020. Indians will be setting their travel plans based on film themes and iconic places that are picturized in Bollywood cinema.
Bollywood-inspired vacations will be on the rise in 2020. Destinations that are going to be in demand will include Lake Como and historic Venice in Italy, Switzerland’s Gstaad, Montreux and Zurich, Amsterdam, Bruges, Innsbruck, Spain, and Portugal.
Micro-cations to become another popular trend
The report was curated based on feedback received from over 2700 respondents from across the country. The current calendar year has 21 extended weekends, which will lead 66% of Indian travellers to choose micro-cations. Micro-cations are leisure trips that are fewer than 5 nights. The report said, “With several public, festive and regional holidays falling on weekdays in 2020, Indians are smartly taking leave to combine it with a public holiday and create an extended/ smart weekend getaway.”
‘Staycations’ will also increase in 2020, because 23 percent of India’s metro consumers have indicated an interest to relax and pamper themselves within their city of residence. The report highlighted that 67 percent of India’s working professionals and millennials expressed a desire to reduce using their phones and go tech-free. “2020 will hence see Indians opting for digital detox holidays, selecting destinations with limited/zero network connectivity,” the report said.
Tourists want to connect with nature during their vacations
The report also discussed how certain experiences that help tourists connect with nature will become much more popular. These include experiences like a trek in the Himalayas, tusker trails at a jungle resort near Bandipur project tiger reserve, a beach safari camp in Australia while swimming with whales, a wellness mindfulness retreat at Thailand’s Koh Yao/ Karkloof Spa in South Africa’s safari heartland, diving and snorkeling off remote islands in Malaysia/ Maldives, immersing in traditional Balinese culture in Ubud or at a village near historic Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.