As part of its ongoing series of monthly Travel Talks, Contiki will host a free and unique live event with leading experts in the travel industry to discuss ‘The Future of Travel’ – what this means in today’s context, and how the industry can contribute to a more sustainable travel in our future.
Taking place virtually online on December 10th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, Canadian travel agents and clients are encouraged to join the conversation on the future of travel, our planet and the positive changes we can make as we move forward.
Hosted by Adam Armstrong, CEO of Contiki; Hege V. Barnes, director of Innovation Norway; Elena Rodriguez Blanco, CEO and co-founder of Authenticitys; and Carmen Huter, travel photographer and sustainable influencer will delve deep and share their thoughts on some of the most important topics affecting the future of travel.
Social listening shows a 178% increase in activism over the past 12 months amongst young people, with inequality, sustainability and identity as the biggest topics of focus.
There’s also recognition amongst digital-native Gen Zs that online is best served as a supplement for social connection, not the sole source*. This desire to come together, unite over shared issues and reconnect in real life represents a shift in the mindset of young people, and a nod to potentially different attitudes in the future.
“The youth travel audience will be one of the most significant contributors to bringing travel back – their resilience and optimism in the face of adversity is something we can all harness more of as we adapt to a new world going forward,” said Armstrong. “The future of travel will be as exciting as it will be different; as a brand, Contiki continues to innovate with trips and experiences that reflect our ever-evolving climate, championing conscious, sustainable and thoughtful travel."
Make travel count in 2021
The panel will explore everything from sustainable travel tips and trends, how to make travel count in 2021, and ways to support rebuilding local communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
Its focus will be on more mindful travel that aims to give back.
As leaders in travel experiences for 18-35s, Contiki’s talk will frame conversations around the positive ways young people can contribute to this. The event will push out questions to its audience on social media in real time to gauge their perceptions and thoughts about the topics of discussion.
Now, that hunger to explore and adventure has never been higher. This year in particular highlights the activism and energy of young people when it comes to fighting for meaningful change; it’s expected they’ll be spearheads for tackling a more sustainable, eco-conscious future in travel too.
The Contiki values that centre on connection and shared experience with a like-minded community position its audience perfectly to be those innovators for change.
Attendees can send any questions they have for the panel in advance who will aim to answer these on the night. They’ll also be able to direct questions to the panel during the event via the Chat function.
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