Holidays of the future all up in the air

HUGE airships containing apartments and aqua-village floating holiday resorts are among tourist developments that could feature by 2030, according to a report.

The airships would be vast structures featuring bars and restaurants, the report for Thomson Holidays by trend forecasters The Future Laboratory said.

The aqua-villages would harvest energy from the sun, wind and rain and could be moved from one location to another.

By 2030 the travel world could also see the world’s largest airports transformed into aerovilles — destinations in their own right, featuring cinemas, hotels and restaurants.

In 20 years, second-generation biofuels developed from algae could be mixed with jet fuel to power aircraft with significantly reduced carbon emissions.

The report also looked at the hotel room of the future, which might feature:

* A water-efficient bathroom where water from the wash basin and shower is used to flush the toilet.

* High-efficiency windows that minimise glare and heat into the room which can also be “dimmed”, reducing the need for air conditioning and removing the need for curtains.

* Natural foliage outside the room would be used to reduce the temperature inside.

* Low-energy ceiling lights powered by the resort’s own wind turbines and solar panels.

* A personalised climate control system that automatically understands the occupant’s optimal temperature settings to avoid energy waste.

* A heat-activated multi- touchscreen to communicate information on the energy use, sustainability and other resort activities.

* Fresh fruit from the resort’s garden and greenhouses and furniture from local craftspeople.


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Frits Potgieter is General Manager with Muckross Park Hotel and Spa.You've Been Served: Frits Potgieter, Muckross Park Hotel and Spa

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