A person walking alone can start today, But those who travel with each other have to wait until the other person is ready. “- Henry David Thoreau
If the statistics are indicative, most travelers will agree with Tore. With increasing numbers, people are traveling alone, not expecting others to join.
The total number of passengers in the US and UK alone is 21 million in recent days. According to a November 2012 New York Times article, online searches for “single travel packages” increased by 60% over the previous year. The U.S. Department of Trade and Industry (OTTI) office reported that 42% of U.S. citizens who traveled abroad in 2011 traveled alone. Of those lone travelers, 38% go for fun or to visit friends and relatives (“VFR”) and 66% go for business. Similarly, the total number of travelers from abroad was 36.2%. Of these, 23.6% were on leave and 62.2% were on duty. This business and lifestyle thing is growing rapidly.
Who travels alone?
Lone travelers are a much larger group than a single population. They may be:
Two jobs on a business trip or “(not doubling children).
With relatives or friends abroad.
Family members take up various sports/hobbies abroad.
Jill Fawcett of Abercrombie and Kent describes solo travelers: “Usually married or partner, but spouses do not share the same interests … they travel with like-minded people. They seek and a small group provides them with some conversation. Then They return to the privacy of their room. “25% of those who choose our Extreme Adventure series (too) are travelers,” he said. Lonely travel is booming. Phil Hoffman Travel Blog, 10/25/11.
According to Alan Lewis, President, Grand Circle Corp. “
Personal travelers still play an important role in solitary confinement. Their development is evident in Europe and North America, where people later marry and may divorce, die or not marry. According to a March 19, 2013 article titled “The Growing Solo Travel Market”, http://tourismintelligence.ca, the ratio of nuclear families is as follows:
35% of all households in developed countries
40% in Finland and Norway (2011)
% 37% in the Netherlands (2011)
27% in the US (2010), 29% in the UK (2011), and 28% in Canada (2011).
How do you go it alone?
Going alone does not mean traveling “in groups”. One can choose
1. Escorted Group Tours
2. Private tours
3. Go alone and choose your hotel/tour
What problems do lonely people face?
There are two significant challenges for individual travelers.
Attractive prices: Accommodation, tours, and cruises are usually available for two people. Those traveling alone need supplementation for multiple trips and excursions. Although not 2X, the price difference is huge. This is especially true for tour packages, especially cruise ships with “2-of-Price 1” booking promotions. As a result, those traveling alone may have to pay 3-4X pairs/pear.
Accessibility and high-quality service: During busy holidays or guest seasons, restaurant accommodation or low-demand tables can be provided to the unaccompanied traveler. Even if every traveler comes to the hotel as a guest, even 5-star hotels do not like to book dinner. Even if the tables in the dining room are empty, sitting down for dinner is another option. The tables are usually set in equal numbers for a cruise/sea voyage or other “open seating” trip. The result? These passengers face a “standup” buffet or engage in spying to get an available seat.
What is a business opportunity?
This tourism topic is growing rapidly and still represents an inappropriate place. The industry potential is so large that it prioritizes the following:
Passengers: They make up the bulk of the industry’s revenue. However, only a small percentage go on vacation. Beneficiaries: airlines, hotels, tours, cars, and janitor services.
Business Traveler: Although a small percentage of revenue, a large portion is in business. Additionally, they may have a budget more than those who went on vacation. In addition to potential additions to international travel, similar sectors in the industry other than tourism will benefit.
VFR: Arrive at the airport with friends and relatives and have access to local transportation. While in the private sector, regular meals are not served to hotel guests. Therefore, such passengers will continue to earn new revenue mainly for aviation, but the current market for other travel services is unlikely to grow.
This category represents an unused market. As there are a large number of wealthy professionals and business executives, both parties will benefit from the right combination of good-priced, high-quality offerings. The tourism industry will increase current revenues, but will only offer travelers competitive prices and higher quality. It’s market time.