Trends in Tourist Transport Essay

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A number of simultaneously occurring processes of change are happening in terms of transport and tourism. Some of these include growing e-travel revolution, demographic shifts and the increasingly grey consumer who is much older and has more travel experience is shaping the demand for tourist travel. While these processes of change are occurring at different times & at different rates across the world, the arbitrating force of government in seeking to balance the commercial interests of companies & businesses with the interests of consumers has to be set against these wider processes of change in transport and tourism provision. In doing so there are five major trends that are shaping the future of tourist transport, they are; globalization, environmental awareness, safety and security, the new tourist and focus on service quality. Globalization is a process of interaction and integration among the people, companies, and governments of different nations, a process driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. Globalization is however a broad term that can be broken down in to various parts; Deregulation, Regional Change, Technological Change and Hyper competition. Deregulation includes the removal of barriers to entry which would increase no frills airlines, less government protectionist strategies and increased competition, regional change is the movement towards trading blocs and protection within that bloc, technological change is the upgrading of information technology in the airline industry will continue to help reduce cost drastically and hyper competition in the form of the rising importance of alliances and the airline meeting customer’s needs. Consumers demand for better quality at lower prices; technological change; removal of barriers to entry; large companies entering the market with loss leaders therefore

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