Modern trends are a good indicator of what’s to come. Here are some interesting predictions from industry experts on what the future looks like for those in the tourism and travel space.
According to Ari Steinberg, the founder of travel startup Vamo, travelers well rely on mobile applications more for last minute decisions about things to do. As a result of next generation planning tools, travel planning will be much easier.
Booking software like Rezdy is becoming more and more mainstream, with tour and activity operators allowing customers to check availability, book and pay directly from a tour operator’s website.
However, this capability is extending far beyond the tour operator’s own website. TripAdvisor’s recent acquisition of Viator is proof that distribution channels such as OTAs are looking to provide live availability of tours and activities to the world of consumers.
Where previously all they had was a listing, travelers will be able compare activities and self-serve directly from websites and mobile apps. This will significantly cut down the amount of time it takes for consumers to book themselves in, as less enquiries will be needed.
Steinberg predicts that booking tools will help travelers sort through the sea of options they have before them, and find an itinerary that’s reasonably priced and minimises wasted time.
Interactive planning tools will be flexible enough to handle the myriad of interests that travelers have, so that they can plan more unique and fulfulling trips.
According to Responsible Travel, the price of fuel will send ticket prices up and airline profits down, meaning there won’t be any more cheap flights. Airline and cruise companies will invest in technologies that make for more efficient fuel consumption.
The environmental and financial costs of long-haul travel will result in many travelers opting to take holidays closer to home.
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