2017 Predictions: The Next Big Travel Trends

Looking for some fresh new vacation ideas for 2017? Here, we share our predictions for next year’s hottest destinations, hotel amenities, itineraries, and much, much more.

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Portugal Becomes Europe's Hottest Destination

Portugal will become a repeat destination for Americans lured by the nation’s dynamic cities, gorgeous coast, and picturesque wine country, as well as its proximity and affordability. Tourism was up 20 percent among American travelers in 2016 and the country has tripled the number of visitors from the States in the last ten years. The port in Porto was just refurbished and this fall the city’s historic São Bento train station will become home to Portugal’s second Time Out Market (the first opened in Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira), featuring fifteen restaurants, four bars, four stores, a coffee shop, and an art gallery. The city will also see the opening of at least a dozen new accommodations, including the Wine Lodge Hotel, an 85-room, wine-themed hotel overlooking the river Douro and the famous Luis I bridge. Lisbon will continue to attract travelers with new boutique hotels, like the five-star Palacete Verride Santa Catarina, which opens in February, and new cultural attractions like the recently opened ultra-modern, sea shell-shaped Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, and the forthcoming Jewish Museum in Alfamma, and a new Art Nouveau / Art Deco museum featuring the private collection of Joe Berardo. The beaches and golf courses of the Algarve will make the region a popular new holiday escape, and at least a half dozen new hotels in 2017, including the Anantara brand’s first resort in Europe, will be ready to meet the demand.