Top 6 Travel Trends for 2016

Cox & Kings suggests what to watch for in the Coming Year

Perseopolis - Iran


Cox & Kings, the world’s longest established travel company, has been making predictions longer than most. With the end of the year in sight, this is the time when travellers are looking to plan their holidays for the upcoming year. Looking at the political changes in the world and major events, Cox & Kings picks where and what will be on trend for 2016.


As the FCO having relaxed its advice for travellers, Iran is now more accessible than in the past few years, with areas interesting to foreign tourists now deemed safe to travel. Travellers can now once again discover its rich history, magnificent architecture and enthralling culture, as well as experiencing people’s hospitality first-hand.

Cox & Kings’ 11-day Iran: Treasures of Persia escorted tour is from £1,995 per person

Expert-led group tours

With some travellers having years of holiday experience up their sleeve, as well as the availability and accessibility of travel information, clients are becoming more discerning and are beginning to expect more from their holidays. Bookings for the Royal Academy art tours offered by Cox & Kings have been steadily increasing this year, and this is set to continue for the next year, with expert lecturers (as well as local guides) accompanying each tour. There are over 30 tours available in Europe, India, the Far East and Latin America.

Cox & Kings’ 7-day Bay of Naples escorted tour is from £1,495 per person.

The Indian Subcontinent

The introduction of the Indian e-visa in August 2015 has meant travelling to India is easier than ever, and this is due to pull over to next year as well. Within Cox & Kings, forward bookings to India in 2016 are up by over 35% and with Cox & Kings’ escorted group tours in India offering excellent value for money, India’s popularity looks set to remain. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s continues to go from strength to strength, with bookings on the already popular Enchanted Island tour up 47% for departures in 2016 (priced from £1,895 per person).

Cox & Kings’ 9-day Indian Experience escorted group tour is from £1,295 per person.

A Cuban alternative

Cuba is increasingly popular with all travellers at the moment, to the extent that many hotels and tours are already sold out for 2016. As the country has only limited infrastructure to accommodate this influx, travellers are beginning to look to nearby alternatives. Colombia is one such destination – still relatively untouched by mass tourism, it is politically more stable than previously and features a fascinating history, beautiful colonial cities and lush landscapes. Costa Rica is also a popular destination, with its range of coffee plantations, pristine rainforests and beautiful beaches, and this is set to increase in 2016 with British Airways’ direct flights from London to the capital of San Jose next May.

Cox & Kings’ 12-day Treasures of Colombia escorted tour is from £2,395 per person.

Cox & Kings’ 11-day The Natural Splendour of Costa Rica escorted tour is from £1,745 per person


A hugely popular destination for Cox & Kings in 2015, the interest in Russia is set to continue in 2016 with the 100th anniversary of the Tran-Siberian Express. Alongside a dramatic adaptation of War and Peace broadcast soon this winter on BBC One, and featuring stunning scenes shot in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia’s popularity with travellers will continue.

Cox & Kings’ 8-day Classic Russia escorted tour is from £995 per person

Food holidays with a twist

While culinary series like MasterChef are retaining their popularity, food and travel programmes are also becoming popular on screens again, with the likes of Rick Stein travelling from Venice to Istanbul. With viewers becoming more discerning about their food experiences, more are seeking authentic and personalised food holidays. Cox & Kings’ MasterChef Travel is offering new group tours for 2016, including to Japan with chef and MasterChef UK 2011 winner Tim Anderson, as well as private journeys to Istanbul, India and Spain for those who are after a more individual experience.

Cox & Kings’11-day Treasures of Japan with Tim Anderson escorted tour is from £3,945 per person

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Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings is the world’s longest established travel company. Its history stretches back more than 250 years to 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed regimental agent to the Footguards (later the Grenadier Guards). The company’s fortunes grew hand in hand with the British empire and by the early 20th century the company was acting as agent and banker throughout the armed forces and as a shipping agent. In 1922 Cox & Co merged with the Henry S King bank, which had strong connections with India. The bank became part of Lloyds and the shipping agency grew separately, evolving into the modern travel company.

Today, built on the high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox in the 18th century, the company continues to flourish as an independent tour operator, with operations in London, the US, Japan, Australia and throughout India. Cox & Kings organises escorted small-group tours and private tailor-made travel in the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and the Caribbean.