Businesses focused on hospitality rely on promotional items to help make a positive impression and reinforce their brand identity. Travel companies tend to purchase promotional products year-round with a median order size over $1,000 so this is a potentially lucrative sector for your business. 
Staying up-to-date on the latest hospitality trends is a great way to help your clients make a memorable impact with the end user. We’ve identified some of the top travel trends heading into 2019 to help you build memorable campaigns for clients in the Travel and Hospitality Vertical Market.
The hospitality industry is adapting to cater to a rapidly growing customer base that has in-room technology expectations and are looking for a more interactive customer service experience. Hotel guests now want to text staff and use apps to communicate needs during their stay. New technology is helping guests check-in and unlock access to their “smart” rooms with their mobile devices.  Promotional products from the tech category can reinforce a hospitality brand as they use technology to further customize and personalize the guest experience.
#32282 Natural Wireless Charging Pad – This stylish accessory easily charges Qi compatible devices and has a fashionable bamboo finish.
#32249 Incipio® Stowaway Phone Case X – A versatile impact resistant phone case that protects your device and stores up to three credit cards or ID. View more sizes and styles of Incipio® phone cases at bicgraphic.com.
#16016 Incase Path Backpack – This lightweight, abrasion resistant backpack includes a plush laptop compartment, accessory organizers and ergonomic, adjustable shoulder straps.
#32246 Marble Pattern Bluetooth Speaker – Connect your device to this wireless speaker for up to 1.5 hours of play time. The high-quality marble finish has designer appeal.
More people are hitting the road alone than ever before, as solo traveler bookings increased over 40% in recent years. Women with a sense of adventure are driving the solo travel trend as they seek out experiences where they feel free with no one else to worry about or please.  Promotional items that are compact, useful and promote safety when traveling alone will appeal to this growing demographic.
#32056 Mini Foldable Self Snap Photo Stick – This self snap photo stick slides easily into a pocket or purse to be readily available at the perfect time. Extends to 20.5”.
#26038 KAPSTON™ Pierce 19” Carry-On Luggage – This compact foldable carry-on has interior straps and zippered compartment to hold everything in place and also folds for easy storage.
#21214 3-in-1 COB Emergency Tool – This compact emergency tool includes a seat belt cutter, glass breaker and COB light for security in emergency situations.
#32278 Plastic RFID Card Holder – Radio Frequency Identification blocking keeps your personal info and data stored on RFID chips safe from hackers. This small holder can fit multiple cards or ID.
The popularity of services like Airbnb has inspired hotel companies to appeal to travelers who want to experience destinations like the locals.  In 2017 the number of available experiences, tours and attractions added to TripAdvisor.com increased by 30,000. This growth is attributed to travelers balancing their time with a mix of classic sightseeing and unique local experiences.  Hospitality and travel companies can use promotional items to help extend the memory of these local experiences for travelers once they return home.
#16002 KOOZIE® Olympus Kooler Backpack – This premium backpack is great for carrying refreshments for a day of fun! Features a heat-sealed PEVA liner, zippered main compartment and front zippered pocket and two front attached bottle openers.
#46175 KOOZIE® Camron Double Wall Tumbler – 18 oz. – Keep drinks at the right temperature for hours with this double wall tumbler featuring a stainless steel outer wall and Tritan® inner wall. The slider, lead proof lid makes it easy to take this tumbler on the go.
#55947 Souvenir® Path Pen – This distinctive metal pen has a sleek clip design with the Souvenir® icon laser-engraved atop the plunger and smooth, rubberized grip.
#26057 Poncho Ball – Be prepared for rainy weather with this lightweight poncho in a convenient ball-shaped case with clip to easily attached to a backpack or belt loop.
The Future of Travel
Millennial and Gen Z travelers indicate three significant factors in travel happiness: destination, trip length and activities. Gen Z is on track to become the largest generation of consumers by 2020 and are influenced by “digital nomads” who blog about travel experiences and lifestyle advice.  Considering the value that younger generations place on staying connected and social will help to build promo campaigns these travelers will find useful and appealing.
#32233 SKROSS® Pro Light – World – This compact 3-pole adapter can be used in over 200 countries on all continents to connect 2- and 3-pole devices.
#32272 Ring Power Bank 10000 mAh – Take wireless charging anywhere you go with this Qi enabled power bank. Devices without Qi capabilities can also be charged though the included connection cable.
#46227 Reef Stainless Steel Bottle – 18 oz. – This sleek, shiny bottle with screw on lid can help you stay hydrated while out on adventures. The double-wall vacuum insulation will keep drinks hot or cold for hours.
#15961 Olile Charging Backpack – Hold all your tech items with this backpack featuring a dual charging cable to easily charge devices on the go. Features a main zippered compartment with interior organizer, second zippered compartment for your laptop and elastic phone pocket built into the shoulder strap.
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