With so many people travelling around the world these days, it is not surprising that the number of people using travel apps or websites is growing massively. It is also not surprising that the number of new start up companies creating their own niche market products is also growing.
It is with this background that I heard that top executives from the world of travel had decided to hold a seminar to discuss the latest developments.
Reporters attending the conference were able to ask leading business executives about their plans and what they believe are the next steps in developing this lucrative online and offline market. Many of the applications used are Google Apps and cover a wide variety of travel concerns.
However, one reporter suggested that the industry had stagnated a bit where technology was concerned. This was rejected by one delegate, Jeffery Boyde of Priceline.com . He told the reporter that the company had spent millions of dollars on improving a range of consumer-related facilities including a better online experience and easier and faster booking at hotels.
This reply was backed up by another delegate, Scott Durslagg, who remarked that the travel industry was embracing new technologies, particularly mobile technologies. He also said there was growing cooperation between different companies.
The ability to make arrangements – even search for and book a hotel on the move – makes life much easier. Even those like me who prefer cruising to hotels can now benefit from improved online technology, whether from a tablet device, smartphone laptop or desktop computer.