What the Sharing Economy Means to the Future of Travel

Collaborative consumption, once an idealist niche for hitchhikers and backpackers, has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry thanks to the economic, social and technological changes of the past decade. How can incumbent companies learn from this fast-growing segment of the travel industry?

Collaborative consumption, once an idealist niche for hitchhikers and backpackers, has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry thanks to the economic, social and technological changes of the past decade. How can incumbent companies learn from this fast-growing segment of the travel industry?

by Vincent Trivett + Skift Team

Executive Summary

With the global economic downturn and increasing trust of the Internet and online payments, there has been a major shift towards access of goods over ownership of them. The travel industry is the sector most affected by the meteoric growth of sharing and collaborative consumption.

The sharing economy is not new, but it has exploded in recent years thanks to consumers’ increased awareness of idle assets. Consumer-to-consumer vacation rentals and ride share bulletin boards have been around for years, but efficient online payments and trust in e-commerce have made sharing into a viable alternative for the mainstream. Startups like Airbnb, Carpooling and Lyft have enjoyed tremendous growth. They now operate on such a scale that they are matching mainstream hotels and transportation companies in convenience, and usually beating them on price.

The growth of collaborative consumption is not just about cash strapped travelers settling for a less luxurious option, however. In fact, it is growing in popularity for high-end consumers. Trust in strangers, and a desire to travel like a local rather than a tourist are also on the rise. Sharing and communing with locals is the best part of participating in collaborative consumption.

This trend has serious implications for hoteliers, rail, short-haul airlines, tour guides and destination marketers, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t incorporate the best of the sharing economy and stay relevant.

This trends report will look at the economic, social, and technological changes that drives customers toward the sharing economy, especially for accommodation and ground transport. Through an examination of the advantages of new sharing businesses, we will make recommendations for incumbent players in the travel industry to avoid disintermediation.

Already purchased ? Please Log In.
To subscribe see options below.

Individual
Trends Report

Buy single report

Select from a library of 60+ past reports

$295
Per Report
Annual insider
subscription

24 new reports going ahead

AND unlimited access to 60+ past reports

25% Ticket Discount For
Skift Global Forum

$133
Per Month (w/ 1yr subscription)
Company-Wide
Enterprise Subscription

Contact us to learn more about how you and ALL of your colleagues can get unlimited access to Skift Trends Reports.

Skift Reports are the hard work of our reporters and writers, this is the intellectual property we build our business on. After multiple instances of sharing/content violations of our copyrighted work, we now no longer allow print/PDF distribution of Skift Trends Reports. We hope you will support Skift and its effort to build a sustainable business to keep providing you the best insights.

If you'd like to read the reports offline, please leave your browser window with the report(s) pre-loaded, open on your laptop, tablet or mobile device.

If you have any questions please email us at: trends@skift.com.

.