Domestic travel trends have gravitated toward second-tier cities for several years. Just a few years ago, the media was talking about Portland as a growing second-tier city for travelers, wooing tourists with its indie culture and microbrews. Today’s trend toward second-tier city travel extends to Asia as the new go-to places for tourists. China has specifically seen an increased interest in destinations like Shenzhen, Chengdu and Wuhan over traditional favorites like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing. More intimate tourists cities in Asia like Oita, Daegu, Kumamoto, Ha Long and Icheon are also seeing increased growth.
The growing trend for second-tier cities points to another trend that has nothing to do with travel budgets. The quest for experiential travel and more immersive experiences lends itself to choosing smaller destinations that offer a more authentic tourist experience. Travelers can get away from the souvenir stands and bustle of the big city to find traditional food, art, performance and culture around every corner. However, despite the growing trend, there’s still some questions about how far second-tier city tourism can grow in Asia and other off-the-beaten-path destinations. Without the right infrastructure and strategy in place, growth may prove unsustainable for travelers after those slow, immersive experiences they crave.
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Truly immersing yourself in a foreign culture is one of the main reasons to travel, whether you’re learning a local dance or sipping wine with a vineyard owner in Italy. Traveling outside your comfort zone also involves sampling local cuisine, but if you’re visiting a major city like Rome or Paris, eating like a local usually means stepping far out of the city center, where eateries tend to cater to unadventurous tourists. But finding a worthy eatery can hog hours of your trip time as you pore over listings on TripAdvisor or Yelp.
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