The holiday season is just around the corner. Soon it’s time to pack your bags again and get away from everyday life by train, car or plane. But travel has also become an important part of our lives beyond the holidays. In recent years, the nature of the journey has changed fundamentally. The processes are becoming more efficient, the travel possibilities more diverse and faster. Nevertheless, the future still holds a lot of potential for the travel industry. From artificial intelligence to cloud computing, there are still many ways to fundamentally change our travel experience
Change in travelers’ thinking
One reason why the industry has developed so rapidly is a change in the way travellers think. Tourism is no longer just the service industry it was a few years ago, but is now an experience. Not only the destination is an adventure in a foreign country, already at the airport the customer experience must be in the foreground. Everything must be simpler, more innovative and faster. The travellers don’t want to wait long. It is therefore no wonder that the industry has integrated so quickly into the digital transformation, because it is important for them to meet the new consumer requirements.
Virtual reality in tourism
Virtual Reality Tourism (Source: Moback)
Virtual Reality is one of the technologies that will fundamentally change the travel industry. Even though Virtual Reality and the other immersive media have not yet quite achieved the predicted breakthrough, there are some fields of application in which they have already proven their added value. Tourism is one of them.
In the travel industry, the aim is to offer the customer a unique experience. With a view to the new experience society even more than was the case in the past. The traveller must be convinced for a holiday region. This creates Virtual Reality optimally, since here the beauties of the travel country and the region can be represented optimally.
With VR, for example, the first tours through countries and cities can already be made to support a final decision for a destination. This first glimpse behind the scenes of a country not only improves customer satisfaction, but also allows traveling countries to present themselves in a completely new way and convince visitors of themselves and their offers.
This Futuristic Robot Suitcase Moves On Its Own and Follows You (Source: Travelmate)
Especially when the journey is a little longer, many people know how awkward it is to carry their own luggage. Smart luggage deals with exactly this problem and is a solution especially for travellers who like to pack a lot in their suitcase. The robot case is programmed to follow its owner like a well-trained dog. He can either locate the smartphone or a portable sensor and follow it. The Travelmate Robotics model goes even further and delivers a portable desk with USB charger. Smart baggage will still undergo many changes in the coming years, but sooner or later it will become a standard in the tourism industry that airlines will also have to adapt to.
Hyperloop and Loop
Hyperloop Explained (Source: The B1M)
Hyperloop and Co have become an integral part of current reporting on the future of transport. In fact, they too will change the travel industry by adding another fast and efficient alternative to ordinary trains and planes. The high-speed trains are not only faster than a normal train, the process is also much more efficient than a flight. The first pilot projects are already in the planning stage and it remains exciting how this type of travel will develop.
Mymanu Clik voice translation (Source: Mymanu)
I have often spoken and written about the dissolution of language barriers. Innovations such as the Pilot or other instant translation devices will simplify travel to distant countries. Several companies are currently working on earplugs that will forever change the way people think about international travel and business. In addition to Wavely Labs with Pilot, Pocketalk, Mymanu and ili, which are currently all pioneers in the field of portable instant translators, are among the companies working there. Google Translate has also changed a lot in recent years and has become an invaluable tool when travelling.
Intelligent hotel rooms
Marriott IoT’Smart’ Hotel Room (Source: TIZEN Indonesia)
The world mainly talks about smart homes, but intelligent hotel rooms are also a logical conclusion for intelligent households. Language assistants can inform visitors about current weather conditions, events in the vicinity and tourist highlights. Room service can also be ordered via these assistants. Technological upgrades such as a 3D printer in the rooms, which creates unique souvenirs or holographic training sessions for the morning fitness session are also conceivable.
All these are just a few trends that the tourism industry will have to adjust to in the coming years. Customers continue to develop, become more technical and innovative. Travel companies, hotels and airlines must follow these changes if they do not want to be suddenly left behind by their customers and competitors.