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Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

As the new year begins, travel experts feel responsible tourism or travelling for a cause is likely to gain momentum among Indians in 2019.

"Travellers including mostly the millennials, in India as well as globally, consider themselves equally responsible for the disaster and duty-bound to reverse it. This year we will see a spurt in the number of responsible travellers demanding for sensitive travel packages as well as sustainable operators to ensure a guilt-free tour. They will take the centre stage in 2019," Cox and Kings Group CEO Peter Kerkar told PTI here.

Plastic-free travel, voluntourism, sustainable and green tours are predicted to be extensively used terms in the travel space, he added.

Echoing a similar view, FCM Travel Solutions - Indian Subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group, Australia, managing director Rakshit Desai said with growing awareness and a need to give back to the community and environment, there are citizens across the world that are waking up to 'Voluntourism'.

"We believe that 2019 will see growing commitment and support from Indian travellers for such tours. They usually travel solo with strong positivity and cherish the enrichment that volunteerism brings. The volunteering activities could range from environment cleaning, helping locals from a calamity or disaster, staying in eco-friendly hotels among others," he added

Booking.com country manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Ritu Mehrotra said, 2019 is set to see a lot of exciting developments in the Indian travel space.

"Reflecting increased global interest in social issues such as human rights, equality and working conditions, 2019 will see the rise of a more conscious traveller, who will ask more questions around social, political and environmental issues in potential travel destinations before deciding on where to visit," she added.

Almost 69 per cent Indian travellers take social issues into account when choosing a holiday destination, while 70 per cent of them choose not to travel to a destination if they feel it will have a negative effect on the people who live there, according to Booking.com data.

Three out of five (62 per cent) she said plan to attend a Pride festival during their travel in 2019.

Further, single-use plastic will continue to be a hot topic, but in 2019 environmental concerns will turn into greater environmental action, she said.

Millennials and Gen Z travellers are likely to look for sustainable experiences in their destination, while accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials, she added.

Besides this, exploring remote locations, guided walking tours to enjoy the experience and visiting tragic sites such as Cambodian Killing Fields memorial or Berlin wall in Germany, 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero when in New York that is screams of death and disaster is likely to be popular in 2019, according to Kerkar.

Travelling for hobbies including surfing, skiing or wine, experiencing destinations like a local like learning how to weave silk in China or cook authentic spaghetti in Italy and experiencing live events like sporting events or concerts will also be popular in 2019, Desai said.

While, Mehrotra added, in 2019 and beyond there will be a continuous push for space travel and as space technology advances, even the prospect of space tourism won't seem such a giant leap anymore.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, January 02 2019. 17:00 IST
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