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WHAT'S NEXT?: Online retailing will be one of the fastest growing channels between 2015 and 2019 as individuals do not have much time for leisure and seek convenience. Entertainment will continue to shift away from traditional broadcast media and print to reality augmented and deeply personalised content. The occupations with the largest new employment growth will be managers, professional and technical jobs, and caring and leisure occupations. Many middle-class professionals will be outsourced to machines within the next few decades leaving workers with more leisure time than they have ever experienced.

  • [New] Memorial Day Weekend is expected to bring 37.9 million Americans to the road, more than traveled by car over that holiday weekend before the pandemic hit, and an increase of 8.5% over last year, when gas prices were considerably lower. The Washington Post
  • [New] OPay users will benefit from the Mastercard virtual payment solution linked to their OPay wallets, to shop at well-known global brands for leisure, travel, accommodation, entertainment, streaming services, and more. Businessday NG
  • [New] Even with a significant increase in gas prices, we expect a large jump in holiday driving compared to the last few years. Hotel News Resource
  • [New] There will continue to be the additional schemes that allow people to come to New Zealand to work, including through Working Holiday schemes, student visas, and the RSE scheme. The Beehive
  • [New] While most pundits agree a completely integrated metaverse is still many years away, technology research firm Gartner predicts that by 2026, 25% of people will spend at least one hour a day in the Metaverse for work, shopping, education, social media and/or entertainment. Forbes
  • [New] Increased uptake could be seen for policies in Australia, following rule changes that come into place in July allowing UK citizens up to 35 years old to take out a three-year working holiday visa. ITIJ
  • [New] UK roads are expected to be quieter than normal for a bank holiday weekend due to Easter falling just a fortnight ago and the half-term break looming, with high fuel prices appearing to have increasing impact upon people's travel plans. The Independent
  • [New] Balanced Dynamics, such as Auckland and Vancouver, are cities that have established tourism infrastructure and potential for further travel and tourism growth, across both leisure and business segments, whilst balancing scale and concentration. LODGING Magazine
  • Hong Kong International Airport will transform itself into an Airport City to enhance travel experiences with a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and leisure options. Bangkok Post
  • The appetite for travel is stronger than ever and customers who may not have travelled abroad at all, or as much as they would have liked over the last two years, are now planning well ahead into 2023 and choosing holidays that provide lifelong family memories and satisfy bucket list dreams. Belfastlive
  • With more school children playing football and the improvement of professional training of young players, we can expect a level-up of the sport in China.
  • Two trends we expect to see in 2022 are even more sustainable accommodation in mainstream holidays and more work from travel companies to ensure holidays have a positive impact on the natural environment. ABTA
  • Expanded fishery closures will be put in place for commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in 2022 in a portion of Swiftsure Bank, Southern Gulf Islands, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Mouth of the Fraser River. Government of Canada
  • The rising field of cybersecurity is causing disruption in many areas of everyday life, such as in work, school, and entertainment. Cybercrime Magazine
  • China's top leaders warned against questioning Xi Jinping's Covid Zero strategy, striking a more defensive tone as pressure builds to relax virus curbs and protect the economic growth that has long been a source of Communist Party strength. BusinessMirror
  • Commercial and recreational salmon fisheries will be closed in a portion of Swiftsure Bank, as well as sections of the Southern Gulf Islands, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and a new area at the mouth of the Fraser River. CBC
  • By 2026, one-fourth of people will spend at least one hour a day in the metaverse for work, shopping, education, social, and entertainment. Shopify Plus
  • Other cities in the UK could learn from Cambridge, who shows that gaming is not only just a hobby, but also a global digital industry that is growing each year. Daily Record
  • Oil prices fell on Monday in holiday-sapped trade in Asia as concerns about slowing economic growth in China, the world's top oil importer, outweighed fears of potential supply disruptions from a looming European Union ban on Russian crude. Yahoo Finance
  • China is expected to see notable drops in passenger traffic for the Labor Day holiday amid measures to contain COVID-19. chinadailyhk

Last updated: 25 May 2022