It found that having sacrificed vacation time in 2020, people want to make this year count by spending more on luxury lodging and far-flung destinations. Search behaviour for luxe accommodations on TripAdvisor in January 2021 also revealed high search demand for luxury beach resorts and luxury spa resorts – which appeared to be recovering the fastest year-on-year.

In Asia-Pacific, travellers are longing for high-end trips to visit cities like Singapore, Bangkok and Dubai. Meanwhile, travellers in Brazil, Germany and Spain prefer the overwater bungalows and pristine waters of Bora Bora and the Maldives.

There are certain luxury travel trends that are likely to pervade once travel returns. The problems presented by COVID-19 certainly haven’t gone away yet, and may not for some time even with the roll-out of vaccination, but it’s most likely the first segment to bounce back. So here are some trends that we expect to dominate the industry later in 2021 and beyond:

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