Over the past few decades, rapid advances in technology have already changed the way travelers set itineraries and finalize arrangements. The travel technology trend does not seem like it will slow down in the near future. Tech savvy travelers will soon move beyond online booking and embedded video previews of destinations. All you need to do is keep up with the many exciting technology trends.
What Future Technology Trends in the Travel Industry Might Affect Your Business?
As you look toward the coming year and beyond, it is important to know what type of travel-related technological innovations are emerging and what you can adopt to use to your company’s benefit. Even if you still run your travel business according to a fairly traditional model, you can explore these trends to see what can work in your own business.
- Drone Photography. These remotely guided, unmanned aerial crafts have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Digital Trends recently reported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted that about one million drones would be given as gifts the past holiday season. Like a camera, new drone owners will likely want to plan a vacation that allows them to use their high-tech new toy somewhere far from their backyard. You can certainly tap into this trend by highlighting drone-friendly destinations and helping travelers make sure they comply with local rules regarding drones.
- Cloud Passports. Australia already uses what they call biometric passports, which contain essential personal data that helps travelers pass through gates with ease and speed. The Foreign Affairs Minister hopes to take this already effective technology to the next level with cloud storage. Passengers would no longer need to keep track of a passport, or even have it with them to worry about having it stolen. With a quick scan, boarding agents can see a digital photo and key information in an instant.
- Mobile Makes Travel Personal. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have become critical parts of planning for most travelers, and that is not likely to change anytime soon. Travelers can store booking sites, accommodations, and other key data in their device, which is nearly always in palm of their hand or nearby.Future technology abounds, and you can find plenty of ways to use it in your own business to support technology astute travelers.
David Milberg is a financial analyst in New York.