Booking.com research reveals how technology & extreme travel aspirations of India travellers will continue to impact the way we travel in 2019
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay has unveiled its new research study has delved into its unprecedented insights from 21,500 travellers across 29 countries to reveal how technology, convenience & extreme travel aspirations of Indian travellers. It states that Seven in ten Indian travellers (71%) confirm that they are excited about the prospect of space travel in 2019 & beyond and are open to considering the experience themselves, while three in five (60%)travellers say they would rather stay in accommodation under the sea than in space
From looking to favourite social media influencers for genuine travel inspiration, to considering making a career out of travel itself and sometimes falling to the pressures of having an online presence, the research reveals how technologyand convenience will continue to change the way we travel in 2019.
Easy does it
In 2019, “ease” will be the gold standard by which tech travel innovations will be judged. In past years, travellers have heard a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and speech recognition; in the coming year, the winning innovations will be those that can seamlessly offer these technologies as a practical solution to travellers. Think keyless room-access with your phone, personalized travel tips or a robotic concierge who can communicate with guests in their mother tongue. Indian Travelers are most enthusiastic about a single app for all their planning, booking and travel needs (80%) and real-time luggage tracking through a mobile app (75%) when it comes to travel tech. They are less interested in self-driving transport at their destination (67%), but 63% like the idea of a ‘virtual travel agent’ in their home
Up close and personal
2019 looks set to see rapid developments in the way travel information is consumed and used. Generic, comprehensive travel guides of the past will make way for increasingly short-form, hyper relevant and individualized content, which can be neatly integrated in travellers’ feeds. Three fifths of Indian travellers (61%)want someone to do the hard work and make travel recommendations for them, while seven in ten want travel brands to use tech to make suggestions based on their past travels (71%). Three quarters are excited about travel tech innovations like a digital tour guide, giving them a bespoke service (75%). As importance deepens on personal, individual recommendations that unlock the most out of every trip, expect producers of rich and professional travel content to find even better ways of distributing this through the use of AI as we move through the coming year, reaching us exactly when we need it most.
Watch this space – uncharted territories
NASA will start construction of its Lunar Space Station in 2019 (launching in 2022) and we’ll continue to see considerable investment in orbital spaceflight. In 2019 and beyond, we will continue to push the extreme limits of where travel will take us and as space technology advances, even the prospect of space tourism won’t seem such a giant leap anymore. Travel and other consumer goods companies will be investing in tests on earth to prepare for a future in space and meet consumer appetite for braving the new frontier. Seven in ten Indian travellers (71%) confirm they are excited about the prospect of space travel in the future and are open to considering the experience themselves (70%), while three in five travellers say they would rather stay in accommodation under the sea than in space (60%)
Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 21,500 respondents were polled (including 1,000 each from Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, India, US, UK, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia and South Korea; and 500 each from Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Taiwan, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, Singapore and Israel). Respondents completed an online survey between 10th August to 30th August 2018