Destinations

TTC CEO John Veitch tips Egypt as “the hot destination” for 2019

That’s it, folks- 2018 is almost done.

It’s time to rest, recharge, overindulge in Christmas pudding and have a long hard think about the year ahead.

So what does 2019 have in store for the travel industry?

Having misplaced our crystal ball sometime in July, we’ve had to bring in the experts to find out what the next 12 months will hold for us all.

We chatted with some of the industry’s most influential figures to get their predictions, which we will be showcasing for you in the lead up to the Christmas break.

Today we have for you the ever-insightful John Veitch, CEO of the Travel Corporation Australia.

Here’s what he had to say.


In 2019 we’ll see a resurgence of travellers exploring the relatively untouched parts of the Middle East, such as Egypt, Jordan and Turkey.

River Nile in Egypt.

For those travellers who have explored Europe and USA and are looking for a new place to visit before everyone else does, Egypt is exactly that destination!

We’ve particularly seen an increased demand in travel to Egypt with a rise in sales and I predict this will continue to increase as the hot destination.

Along with the Middle East, we’ll see more Australians exploring their own backyard.

With the recent Commonwealth Games, Invictus Games and the Royal Visit, Australians more than ever, are keen to explore more of this magnificent country.

Technology in travel will continue to grow, the industry recognises the need to make things more seamless for travellers, who are becoming more savvy with the tech that’s available to them.

TTC noticed this, and launched My Travel Portal earlier this year, which houses everything customers need to know before, during and post-trip – from online chat with their Travel Director and fellow travellers, to taking trip notes in their journal, sharing the social love to those all-important documents.

And of course, travelling sustainably will always be on travellers’ minds, as more and more opt to make travel matter and consequently commit to brands with an environmental conscience.

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