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  • Going on holiday isn’t just about sitting on a beach anymore
  • Going on holiday isn’t just about sitting on a beach anymore
    Ayanami No03, Creative Commons (2010) ©

How functional tourists are exploring work and play

In place of a work-to-live mentality, work has become a lifestyle choice for Gen Y, extending into their travel plans. Others go abroad to spend, with visitors to NYC spending 25% of their travel money on shopping. The second in our two-part series looks at travelling to work and shop.

Location Global

In the second part of our double-bill report on functional tourism in the age of the globalised consumer, we look at those who travel to shop, as well as those who get a kick out of volunteering abroad and how the rise of the remote worker has affected how we spend our holidays.

Over the past six decades tourism has grown and diversified, becoming one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. New destinations have emerged, challenging the traditional ones of Europe and North America. The number of international tourist arrivals worldwide is expected to increase by ...



  • Article image How functional tourists are exploring life and death

    Going on holiday no longer means having a well-earned rest by the pool. Affordable flights mean people are travelling for all sorts of new reasons; to get a facelift, to work, to shop, to give birth, and even to die. The first in a two-part series looks at travel for medical reasons.

  • Japan wants to appeal to Muslim tourists Japan wants to appeal to Muslim tourists

    With an ambitious growth plan to double tourism by 2020, Japan is seeking diversify its appeal as a travel destination. And with a growing market of Muslim tourists nearby, the nation is rolling out the prayer mats and halal menus to cater to them.

  • Article image What’s driving India’s Gen Y to travel?

    India’s travel and tourism industry is set to grow by over 7% in 2014, with more Indian youths realising their dream to see the world. Once a distant aspiration, holidays are now a tangible reality that urbanites will pay for. But what motivations are driving their travel plans?

  • Article image How hotels are being redesigned for Gen Y

    While luxury brands move away from the ‘stuffy’ traditions, a new breed of hotels that spans the entire price spectrum is competing to meet the needs of the digitally dependent Millennials. But how is such a long-standing industry redefining itself to meet the needs of Gen Y?

  • Article image Are we all digital cosmopolitans?

    Gone are the days where intrepid travellers would touch down on foreign soil without having any clue how to get around. In today's hyperconnected world, travellers are able to thoroughly research, itemise and plan their holidays on a level that's never before been possible.

  • Article image China’s new tourists seek ultimate luxury

    Chinese tourists are expected to make over 200 million trips by 2020; three times more than tourists from the US. But how are Chinese tastes affecting the world’s most expensive hotel rooms? What can hotels do to make these tourists feel welcome on their first trips abroad?

  • Article image The Samaritans: the funnier side of foreign aid

    The Samaritans is a Kenyan-produced mockumentary that satirises Western NGOs and their misguided attempts to provide foreign aid in African countries. But if conventional approaches don't work, could greater contextual awareness be the answer?

  • Article image Holidays without the sun, sand and sea

    The stereotypical image of a holiday masks a much larger variety of desires, states of mind, emotions and personal interests. How much do we still identify with white sands and blue sea?