Start-ups and tech giants have some big edges over today's travel suppliers in their unceasing efforts to develop comprehensive, personalized solutions to customer pain points during the travel journey.
A new report by Boston Consulting Group shows how innovation is restructuring the travel industry, and new solutions belong to those companies that collect data, manage it effectively, and break down data silos to develop the most comprehensive — and personalized — picture possible of the travel customer.
A new company named OneGo is hoping to do for air travel what Netflix was able to do for movies: Provide an all-encompassing service for a recurring monthly fee. Primarily geared towards business travelers, OneGo offers unlimited travel within the United states via all major U.S. airlines. So in that sense, it's essentially Netflix for airplanes.
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TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards for Romantic Hotels. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.
Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews from travelers on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period with emphasis placed on reviews marked as a couples stay.
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Google is never one to miss a beat. To keep up with the trend in smartphone usage over traditional desktop searches, the company has unveiled a brand new redesign that makes it easier to research, plan and book a trip all within a few clicks. Let us explain how this is different and why this is kind of a big deal.
Christian Science Monitor via MSN
Imagine waking up on Mars tomorrow. You get out of bed, take a look around you, pull out a pouch of space breakfast as you walk past a colleague jogging on a treadmill. Then, you choose a spacesuit, put it on, and go out to explore Mars on foot or in your rover.
Later this year, this will be possible to do, albeit through a virtual reality (VR) simulation developed by a Florida-based media company called Fusion, with the help of NASA and a graduate student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Travel statistics reveal that a customer's generation can play a significant role in purchase habits. For travel suppliers, understanding the differences in Generation Xers, baby boomers and millennials is key to effective customer segmentation. "It's clear that age impacts desire and priorities," says Travel Pulse's Patrick Clarke, while admitting there are a "variety of factors" that shape preferences for travel decisions. Regardless, generational differences reveal a great deal about consumer behaviors and how you should adapt to trends in customer behavior.
Travel Pulse via FOX News
From budget travel to luxury travel, Iceland can't seem to escape anyone's list of the best of travel this year. Luxury Travel Guide chose Iceland its number-one destination for travel this year. The country topped Budget Traveler's list of Where to Go 2016. Women's lifestyle website Refinery29 said Iceland was one of the places every woman should go this year. NatGeo staffers picked it, saying that it is one of the only places on earth where the "highlight of your trip (the northern lights) depends on factors such as solar wind conditions and space storms."
One saw sales jump more than 80 percent in January.
Travel insurance sales for trips to Latin America have surged as vacationers consider scrapping their plans to avoid the rapidly spreading Zika virus, one of the top U.S. providers, RoamRight, told Reuters. The Maryland-based company, part of insurer Arch Capital Group, said revenue jumped 81 percent in January from a year ago for its "Cancel For Any Reason" policy covering trips to Zika-impacted areas in the Americas.
Travel and Tour World
The death of the British tourists who was trampled by an elephant while taking a picture with the animal along with his daughter has given animal tourism in Thailand a fearful image. There have been six fatal elephant attacks over the past six months in Thailand and the country needs to evaluate the risk it is taking in making the wild animals an object of cheap entertainment.