While waiting for NASA to still think about sending men to Mars on a trip, by plunging the astronauts into a "therapeutic torpor" to allow them to make this six-month trip in complete tranquility, a Skyscanner report reveals the destinations in vogue in 2024: space tourism, underwater hotels and customization of the stay.
The Skyscanner benchmarking platform predicts in the third and final part of its report that Earth-orbiting and underwater hotels will become trendy holiday destinations over the next decade. By 2024, space will be the ultimate frontier for intrepid and affluent travellers to the extreme limits of our planet's atmosphere.
The third and final part of the report "The Future of Travel in 2024" also highlights the new destinations around the world that travellers will visit in 2024. Skyscanner explains how guest social network profiles will enable hoteliers to create a tailored and intuitive experience that meets the needs and desires of their guests.
In space and underwater
D'by 2024, the space race will allow travellers in orbit to discover a breathtaking view of the earth from a very high altitude. After 2024, orbital travel will be able to go beyond a simple round-trip, with travellers staying long enough to enjoy an exceptional extra-terrestrial environment. Travellers wishing to go into space will soon be able to take advantage of space stations offering weightless spas, or space observatories that will allow travellers to experience the effect of weightlessness.
According to Filip Filipov, Skyscanner's B2B Manager, "Space travel will be a revolutionary step for mankind in general, but some projects will be even more formidable. The technology transfer that space exploration can bring to commercial aviation is fascinating. A typical traveller will be able to fly from London to Sydney in 2.5 hours, making the journey easier and faster than ever before, breaking the boundaries of time. »
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In 2024, space tourism is likely to be very attractive to the wealthy, but deep-sea travel will be another popular option for travellers, one that is offered at a more affordable price. Underwater hotel rooms already exist, offered as rare and original destinations, such as the Neptune and Poseidon Suites at the Atlantis Hotel in The Palm (Dubai). A new wave of architects are developing this concept to create resorts. (1) entire underwater facilities, including spas, gardens or pools, all with aquarium-style windows allowing guests to exit directly with their diving equipment.
The 2024 hotel room and hyperpersonalization
Over the next ten years, advances in technology will allow hotels to provide their guests with incredible levels of hyper-customization to deliver the unique experiences they are looking for. Travellers will be able to book a specific room where everything from air temperature to the power of the shower will be specially programmed for them. The walls of the traveller's room will be fully interactive and can display movies, video messages from friends or even become opaque to create privacy zones for showering or changing even in the smallest rooms.
The d'hotel of the future will be able to use the latest technology to offer extra comfort to its guests. Pillows with integrated electronics will offer head and neck massages to promote sleep, as well as telephone alarm clocks in the morning. Lighting will also be provided to reset the internal clocks of customers suffering from jet lag. Clients' skin and hair will be cared for with showers whose water contains vitamin C.
By 2024, guests will no longer have to worry about forgetting one of their toiletries, 3D printers will be used in hotel rooms to print everything from toothpaste to soap.
New destinations to discover for the first time
In 2024, the desire to take pride in one's travels will be one of the key reasons for choosing a trip. The explosion in the number of Chinese travellers to classic destinations such as Paris and New York will motivate people to discover the Forbidden Zones and get off the beaten track. The Middle East, currently inaccessible due to conflicts, will again become a new and very attractive destination for tourists. Bhutan is already seeing an increase in the number of tourists but will become a trendy destination by 2024. In fact, Skyscanner research shows an increase of 40 % in 2015 compared to the previous year for this destination.
The Skyscanner report on the future of travel in 2024 is the result of in-depth research and a series of d'interviews with a team of 56 experts and futurologists specialising in the tourism sector and new technologies. The report is published in three parts, each of which covers the main stages that make up the journey of the future.
This report, which has already been released in 2014, highlights the role that new technologies will play on our holiday booking process and the airport and in-flight experience.
Until 2024, the "future" is already here on our planet since Kuwait has just passed the first law in the world that makes it compulsory for all of its 1.3 million citizens and almost 3 million foreign residents of Kuwait to have their DNA on file on a national database to get in and out of the country, travel. We're already on Gattaca...
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(1) The Water Discus Hotel in Dubai is the first of these new hotels. It is being built at 9m below sea level with aquarium style windows in 21 suites and facilities that will allow guests to go directly out with their diving equipment. Offering a spa, garden and swimming pool, the hotel will be able, in case of emergency, to swivel underwater and rise to the surface in less than 15 minutes.
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