As you know, we live in a day and age whereby technology is constantly innovating and reinventing itself. In fact, it does so at such a pace that it is often extremely difficult to keep up with what is going on. Technologies are incorporated into all walks of business nowadays, and travel is no different. In this blog post, we will provide you with the top ten technologies in the travel industry.
1. Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology
NFC allows you to make payments and check in on your flight via the use of your mobile phone. Forget your credit card and flight tickets… flying (and shopping in duty-free) has never been easier!
2. Baggage tracking
The fear of losing your baggage is a big one for many. There can be nothing worse than arriving on holiday to find that your suitcase has not arrived with you. Baggage tracking allows you to find out where your luggage is by using a simple bar code method.
3. Cloud computing
This exciting innovation was welcomed with open arms by travel agents. Cloud computing software allows them to automate their sales and distribution at no cost nor turnaround time.
4. Airport apps
A lot of airports all around the world have already developed smartphone apps. These are great because you can check the status of your flight and parking information etc by simply looking on your mobile phone.
5. Augmented Reality
This is undoubtedly one of the latest tech crazes that have impacted the travel sector. Augmented reality for organizations involves superimposing digital data on the physical world. It is something Boeing has already used to full effect.
6. Hotel check-in
You can check into certain hotels with your phone, just as you can check onto your flights.
7. Live departure and arrival information
Nowadays you can get live departure and arrival information available on your smartphone. This is great for those of you who are travelling as well as those anticipating your arrival. It is being commonly used by airport transfer and pickups services to ensure less waiting around if a flight is delayed.
8. The tablet
The recent craze for the tablet is no surprise. They incorporate everything you could possibly need to take on holiday in one little space; books, music, internet, camera etc.
You no longer have to worry about going abroad with the option of either spending a load of money on ringing home or simply not speaking to anyone until you get back. Skype allows you to keep in contact with anyone around the world via a free telephone internet call.
10. Smartphone maps
Smartphone maps have been available for many years and they are constantly getting updated with new countries, routes, and locations. This makes it a lot easier if you are in a different country and are trying to find your way around.
As you can see, there are many ways tech has impacted the travel industry, and it will certainly continue to do so!