2050 - Tomorrow's Tourism

Author: Ian Yeoman

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In 2050, it is predicted that 4.7bn or nearly 50% of the world's population will take an international holiday. But can humankind meet that forecast given the issues of ageing populations, peak oil, the global financial crisis and climate change? This book constructs scenarios from Shanghai to Edinburgh, Seoul to California encompassing complex topics such as human trafficking, conferences, transport, food tourism or technological innovation. This is a blue skies thinking book about the future of tourism and a thought-provoking analytical commentary.

Any attempt to predict the future is a journey into the unknown. On this adventure the reader will be continuously engaged, intrigued, exhilarated and occasionally irritated by the unexpected connections and extrapolations, but will never be jaded or bored on this breathtaking roller coaster ride into the future.

Tourism, in all its many forms, is central to the development of society. However, thinking about the future of tourism has been under researched. Drawing from the author's extensive knowledge, this book develops a multiple disciplinary focus on the future of tourism. It breaks new ground by bringing together a range of feasible concepts and ideas about the future, and presents them in the form of scenarios from the perspective of a number of destinations. I am sure in a short time this book will be required reading, not only for students, but also for those who work in tourism marketing and want to better understand their possible future markets.

Tourism professionals who want to know where their industries are headed will find volumes of eye-opening material throughout 2050—Tomorrow's Tourism. Everyday consumers who like to travel will enjoy this book, too, as Yeoman has many insights on what tourism packages in the future may offer. Why wait to get a head start on planning for your 2050 dream vacation?

The Futurist, 2013, Vol 47, No 1

This publication will no doubt have a broad appeal and is a refreshing change from much of the standardised academic texts that we are more familiar with. It will be of interest to anyone who is interested in 'what will happen next' and perhaps in attempting to answer some of the questions posed and the issues raised.

Tourism Management 36 (2013) 141–142

The breadth of coverage is a major strength of the book in terms of geographic settings and aspects of tourism integral to both supply and demand perspectives...The book is principally addressed to the reader as a user. It presents knowledge and scenarios about the future of tourism in 2050 that, from the outset, are intended to challenge and provoke the reader. Readers are invited to be users, form their own conclusions, and build their own scenarios...The intended audience for this book, according to the authors, is anyone interested in the future. More specifically one could say this book is recommended for anyone interested in tourism futures from an integrated supply and demand perspective, and especially those interested in using scenario planning as a method for contemplating the future of tourism.

Annals of Tourism Research, Vol. 41, pp. 257–258, 2013

It is difficult to fault this book. It is accessibly written, persuasive, and well informed.

Anatolia – An International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research, 2013

Ian and his co-authors deserve congratulations for taking up such a stupendous and huge theme for this book. This will certainly encourage young and enthusiastic authors to look into the future of tourism more palpably and realistically than just guessing the mega trends and imagining the scenarios or building utopias.

Tourism Recreation Research Vol. 39, No. 1, 2014

Dr Ian Yeoman is the world's only professional futurologist dedicated to specializing in travel and tourism. Ian learned his trade as the scenario planner for VisitScotland, where he established the process of futures thinking within the organisation using a variety of techniques including economic modelling, trends analysis and scenario construction. Today he is a leading academic researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and the European Tourism Futures Institute, Netherlands. Further details on scenario planning and other future insights are posted on the author's blog: www.tomorrowstourist.com.




– F. de Klerk Wolters

– G. Lipman

– D. Glaesser


1 An Introduction to the Future


2 World Economic Order: The Tourism Economy in 2050

3 Where Have All the Tourists Gone? Pensions, Demography and the Germans

4 Tomorrow's Tourist: Fluid and Simple Identities


5 Edinburgh 2050: Technological Revolution

6 Singapore 2050: Medicine, Science and the Meetings Industry

7 Amsterdam 2050: Sex, Robots and the End of Human Trafficking

8 New Zealand 2050: The Future of Professional Rugby and Sporting Events


9 California and Metropolis Los Angeles 2050: Changing Landscapes, Cities and Climate Change

10 Seoul 2050: The Future of Food Tourism

11 Shanghai 2050: The Future of Hotels

12 2050: The Future of Transport


– R. Talwar

– A. Postma



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