ROBOTS, SPACE AND VIRTUAL REALITY: SKYSCANNER REVEALS THE FUTURE OF TRAVEL
Bangkok–14 Jul–H+K Strategies
Leading global travel site, Skyscanner recently launched the first Future of Travel report in Thailand, revealing how travel, from planning to booking to the journey itself, is set to change over the next 10 years. The report is the result of in-depth research and a series of interviews with experts in their field, including tech companies, travel futurologists and Skyscanner’s co-founder and CEO Gareth Williams.
Commenting on the report, Skyscanner Marketing Manager – Thailand, Ms. Grace Pobpabha Areerat, says, “Trying to predict the future of travel is fascinating. With so many emerging technologies it is mind-boggling to imagine just what their impact on travel could be. This report is a great sneak peek into the future and Skyscanner’s view of what we think holidaymakers are likely to experience over the next 10 years.”
“With Thai people increasingly embracing technology and how much time they spend online, we are excited to see how they might embrace and adapt future technologies relating to travel that may make it easier, faster and cheaper to reach far away destinations that maybe they have only dreamed of visiting,” she said.
The Future of Travel report starts out by introducing readers to The Digital Travel Buddy – a virtual companion which uses artificial intelligence to accurately suggest and book suitable trips for the traveler of the millennium, nicknamed TOM.
The future, according to Skyscanner, will see wearable technology evolve from the recently launched Google Glass to a mobile device so small that it will fit onto a contact lens and can provide immediate translations, breaking down many difficult language barriers.
Section One of the report follows TOM as he engages with virtual reality. Rather than replacing holidays, the Skyscanner report forecasts that virtual reality will offer holidaymakers the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’, allowing them to see the sights, hear the sounds, and even feel the landscape of a destination.
In Section Two, Skyscanner predicts that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces providing passengers with a sense of wellbeing; and airlines will become cyber hubs where travelers can create havens to suit their business or leisure needs, with conveniences like stress-free and speedy check-in followed by a relaxing and bespoke flight
Section Three, describing the shifts we will see in destinations and hotels, will be launched soon. To sign up for notifications, read or download the report, head to www.skyscanner2024.com (Thai and English).
To contribute to the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, use #FutureofTravel.
For more information or travel inspiration, head to www.skyscanner.co.th (Thai and English) or download the app for iPhone and Android – and happy future traveling!