The travel industry has taken a huge hit in the last few months due to the effects of Covid-19, lockdown and a significant reduction on air travel. With thousands of consumers requesting refunds and more holiday cancellations occurring, the industry is facing huge financial losses and therefore a long recovery period.
However, it is not all 'doom and gloom' for travel and leisure as although it may take a while for the sector to bounce back to the 'new normal', technology is definitely set to play a huge part in assisting the industry and streamlining processes. Examples of upcoming travel tech trends include:
Check-ins using facial recognition
Although face recognition using AI is already being used by some airports, it's predicted that in the next twenty years this will be used across the industry, so there will be no need for IDs and booking numbers. This could also mean contactless check-ins at hotels and airports, minimising the number of people we all come in to contact with when travelling.
Virtual Reality will play a part in holiday planning
Instead of browsing on endless holiday inspiration sites, consumers will be able to get a taste for their chosen destination via Augmented Reality, as tech companies will be able to create immersive VR experiences.
The railway system will upgrade to high-speed trains that will be automated or managed by computers, making both domestic travel and commuting for work quicker and more convenient.
These are just a few of the tech developments set to transform the travel and leisure sector, once it starts its recovery period. It may take years but there will certainly be more and more innovative technology introduced in the coming years to assist with getting the travel industry back on its feet and stronger.
The future of the travel industry is bright, without an iota of doubt! In less than a decade's time, there will be an estimated two billion tourists all over the world, according to recent statistics,” says Futurologist Ray Hammond. “I predict even bigger things for the travel industry soon.”