The start of a new year brings with it endless possibilities when it comes to ticking off travel resolutions, and as 2017 gets underway, leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts is making its travel predictions for the year ahead.
From astute holidaymakers taking advantage of mid-week discounts in resort holiday hot spots, to travelling tots, multi-generational travel, and silver nomads hitting the road, 2017 is set to see a raft of trends come to light.
As travellers become increasingly savvy when it comes to stretching their holiday dollar, Oaks Hotels & Resorts is predicting a rise in mid-week stays across its leisure property portfolio. Perfect for those who have plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing dates, the benefits of staying mid-week are vast – from enjoying sizable savings on accommodation, to kicking back by a considerably less crowded pool, or even scoring a bonus room upgrade.
Chief Operations Officer of Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Mr Mike Anderson, commented, “At Oaks Hotels & Resorts, our mid-week offer is extremely appealing to a large number of travellers who are looking to enjoy a break in a sought after leisure holiday destination for less. Rooms are often available for up to 30% off weekend rates, making it an affordable alternative for budget conscious travellers.”
Also set to make their mark on the travel landscape this year is the ‘travelling tots tribe’ – otherwise known as parents with children under five. Seen as the perfect opportunity to take an extended family trip, many parents are choosing to holiday with their youngsters before they reach their schooling years for weeks or months at a time, in turn, providing their children with rich, travel experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
“These travellers can take advantage of the benefits of long-term, self-contained accommodation, including discounted room rates and convenient facilities where they can cook and catch up on laundry in a spacious, home-away-from-home environment, with the added bonus of having premium resort facilities and myriad local experiences on their doorstep,” said Mr Anderson.
Not to be forgotten, the ‘silver nomads’ are set to make a welcome return in 2017, according to Oaks Hotels & Resorts. These discerning travellers have typically paid off their homes and retired from working life, leaving them with endless freedom to roam the country at leisure, with no set travel timeline.
“Value for money is important for this type of traveller, as is a convenient location close to clubs, local attractions and public transport, so our resort properties present as the ideal home base to stay for a week, month or even longer.”
The ‘multi-generational travel’ trend is also gaining momentum, particularly in destinations like the Hunter Valley or the Sunshine Coast, which have broad appeal across a range of age groups, says Oaks Hotels & Resorts.
“Families of all sizes and generations are seeking accommodation options that cater not only to parents and children, but also boast plenty of room and facilities for grandparents, and even great grandparents! In destinations where we offer three and four bedroom room types, this trend is increasingly apparent, with extended families taking advantage of our spacious and self-contained apartments and villas.”