The US has already announced plans to expand its ‘travel hub’ system into the rest of the world, and now it’s looking to expand the ‘travel destination’ concept even further.
As part of the announcement, US airlines are being asked to plan and implement travel destinations that will be the most affordable and convenient, and also the most attractive to international travellers.
‘Travel destinations’ can be broadly defined as locations where travellers can expect to experience the most of the benefits of a new location in the future.
For example, a trip to a destination that has a low cost of living, high availability of local food and a well-equipped airport is often a travel destination.
Travel destinations are expected to be more flexible than previously anticipated, and could include destinations such as Hawaii, Italy, and Scotland, as well as destinations like the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The US Airports Council said in a statement that the goal of the ‘airport hub’ plan is to ensure that the US has the infrastructure and resources to support the next wave of growth in international travel.
‘This means that we can continue to offer affordable and easy travel for our citizens, and we will be working to ensure we have the tools and resources needed to meet the challenges of the next decade,’ the statement read.
‘The goal is to increase the attractiveness of American travel for travelers around the world to travel by connecting their own homes and communities, as we continue to expand our global connectivity network.’
The US Airways Council said that the aim of the airport hub plan is to enhance our ability to serve our customers and communities while providing our passengers and crews with access to the best value in transportation.’
It said that US airports are already making plans for these destinations, and that it’s already encouraging the US Department of Transportation to explore options for new destinations that might not currently be included on the US map.
‘Our airlines are already preparing to develop and deploy travel destinations for the US, and the FAA is also preparing to work with us on this initiative,’ the agency said.
The agency also said that they are looking to develop additional travel destinations through partnerships with other governments and with non-profit organisations to encourage more people to travel to new destinations.
As part of its ‘next-generation travel hub’ concept, the US Airlines Council said it wants to encourage airlines to develop a ‘travel tourism destination map’, and also to make travel more attractive and accessible.
According to the US Travel Industry Association, in 2017, the industry was expecting to generate over $10 billion in revenue from air travel alone, and in 2020, that number was expected to increase by an additional $8 billion.
In a statement, the agency’s John Wozniak said the US is currently a hub for more than 30,000 travel destinations, including over 30 million people visiting each year.
‘We need to continue to provide our passengers with the greatest value from our flights,’ he said.
‘With a new hub coming to the region, we will have more choice for travelers and more opportunities to visit other destinations around the country.’