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Strengthen Your Web: 7 Must-Have Features for Travel Websites

It’s no secret in the tourism industry that summer is the season of travel. In fact, a 2015 survey examining the travel habits of more than 1,000 respondents found a majority of those polled save more than one-third (37 percent) of their vacation time for the summer months, and that 46 percent of those who save their time use it for shorter weekend excursions rather than one long vacation.

As this trend is predicted to continue into this year’s summer season, travel companies can expect a surge of web traffic as travelers research and book trips. And because industry analysts forecast consumers opting for multiple short-term trips, travel companies must strive to maintain efficient, user-friendly web presences to ensure customers return each time they plan a getaway.

Topics: travel company online travel agency travel agency website trends

Why Tour Operators Should Target Adventure Travelers

It’s no secret that tour operators have been struggling to maintain a foothold in today’s travel industry with the rise and proliferation of travel review websites, social media, and the wealth of general travel information available to customers at the snap of their fingers. Today’s biggest travel consumer market, millennials - though baby boomers to some degree as well - are more savvy and well-informed than consumers in years past. Yet, there’s one consumer base that still remains fertile ground for tour operators: Adventure travelers.

Topics: Food and Adventure Tourism Tour Companies Adventure travelers trends Tour Operators

How Cognitive Computing Could Change How We Travel

tablet-travel.jpgIt sounds like something straight out of The Jetsons: Describing your criteria for an upcoming business trip or vacation to a computer, which then instantaneously generates personalized recommendations based on profiles culled from past purchasing behavior.

Perhaps even more out of this world? The computer could then actually book your entire destination package making choices about airlines, flight times, hotel accommodations, and other bookings based on a profile of your most recent travel preferences.

Science fiction, right? Not necessarily thanks to one of the next big waves of technological innovation to hit the travel industry: cognitive computing.

 

Topics: travel Big Data Cognitive computing trends cloud computing

5 Keys to Success For Travel Agents in 2016 And Beyond

It’s Tuesday night and you just discover you don’t have enough milk to finish cooking the family dinner. You know you’ll have to run out for a fresh quart, but as you scramble to find your car keys and a few dollars you have to decide where you’re going to go. You have options: a big-box grocery retailer or a small, independent market. The big-box store may be fractionally less expensive and offer much in the way of convenience and choice, but the market is nearby, offers a more personal experience, and is more knowledgeable about the products on the shelves.

Which do you choose? Tuesday night dinner aside, a similar scenario plays out time and time again in the travel and tourism industry, particularly between OTAs - as well as tour operators and TMCs - and traditional travel agencies.

Topics: travel agency Millennials travel agent

Millennials vs. Seniors: Which is The Travel Industry’s Best Bet?

Recently I was on a cross-country flight and had the dubious, yet fortuitous advantage of being booked into the middle seat with a senior traveler on one side and a much younger traveler onmillennial travelers the other. After take-off the older traveler quickly delved into a book while my younger traveling companion pulled out his smartphone and began checking social media websites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It was an interesting dichotomy without doubt, and one that got me thinking: Which one of these demographics is the travel industry’s best bet for growth and profitability? And how can travel companies best vie for their attention?

 It’s an interesting and complex notion.

Topics: millennial traveler senior travelers travel agency customers

The Importance of Social Media in Today’s Travel Industry

Travel is an inherently social act. Even if you’re traveling alone, whether for business or leisure, you’re not really alone - instead, you’re surrounded by scores of other travelers in airports, bus terminals, or hotel lobbies, most of whom are frequently checking their smart phones for the latest updates on Facebook or Twitter. Even if you’re not the one logging on, by extension you’re in greater company than you think.

Topics: travel agency technology millennial travelers technology social media

The Cuba Effect: On Success in New and Emerging Markets

President Obama made good on his pledge to loosen trade and travel restrictions with Cuba in March by a long-awaited visit that signaled goods, services, and tourists will soon be able to move freely to and from the small island nation just 90 miles south of United States. And would-be travelers wasted no time in declaring their desire to visit Cuba as soon as possible, according to a recent survey conducted by the travel industry publication Skift that found roughly 25 percent of Americans asked said they plan to visit Cuba within the next year.

Topics: travel technology

Are you social? A short how-to about feedback on social media.

How to: social media monitoring, from zero to hero.

As the technology interferes more and more with our lives, the buying habits of the customers are changing.

A few years back, a customer that wanted to give a feedback had a limited audience: it was either via support center, dedicated forums or maybe your website reviews (if you had such a feature). Nowadays,  the customers have a very powerful tool in their hands: social media. Their thoughts can be seen faster and by more people than ever. As time flies a lot faster, a recent survey says that 42 percent of consumers complaining in social media expect 60 minute response time.

Tour Operator Trends and Technology

Within the tour industry the trends of early 2016 are mirroring those of 2015: customers are increasingly looking for customized offerings that promise highly personalized travel experiences.  It’s not surprising: who doesn’t want to return from a trip with a sense of having authentically experienced that part of the world?  What travelers wouldn’t want to feel they really know something where they’ve been, and that where they’ve been is unique – more than just another gondola ride in Venice?  The question is – how are savvy tour companies responding to these trends?

Topics: Travel Industry travel technology Tour Operator Tour Operator Software Tour Companies Tour Operators