Sabre Labs is excited to share our first Emerging Technology in Travel Report. It distills our last year of research and exploration to help businesses make strategic decisions for 2017 and beyond.
In the report, we offer more than 40 specific takeaways for agencies, airlines, hoteliers, and travelers. We also provide the context you need to understand three megatrends impacting travel:
Virtual reality is transforming inspiration, training and entertainment across travel
Videos and photos in VR are able to inspire travelers and travel professionals to experience locations around the world in a firsthand way. VR also offers compelling business cases for showcasing premium experiences to travelers and for creating immersive training experiences for staff.
Message based interfaces allow for higher customer engagement
Message based interfaces (MBIs) have shown immediate promise for service and support, whether human-powered, bot-powered or a combination of the two. And by opening up communication with the traveler via message based interface early in the planning process, you can enable post booking engagement directly with the traveler. Having bots involved in MBIs can allow staff to focus more time on higher value interactions and relationship building.
Head up displays will improve and accelerate maintenance and repair
Technicians in the field can have hands free access to schematics, repair instructions and videos on a HUD. It can also send photos or stream real time video to allow expert technicians in other locations to help oversee work in progress and offer advice via voice or messaging. This allows your most experienced staff members to distribute their knowledge whenever and wherever it is needed.
Indoor location sensor data can improve traveler flow and staffing
Proximity beacons and other forms of indoor location sensors can provide information about how people and things travel through large spaces. Analyzing data gathered from these sensors can show ways to improve flow as well as forecast when and where to move staff to help avoid bottlenecks. This allows businesses to better meet customer demand in large environments like airports and hotels.
Voice interfaces can increase efficiency for both businesses and travelers
Voice interfaces provide efficient, hands free access to information and are being adopted across a wide variety of platforms. There is a growing expectation by travelers to be able to access information as conveniently as possible. This means businesses need to understand how to make their content accessible via voice, as well as how voice can be used to help staff perform tasks more efficiently.
Whether you read the whole report or just focus on recommendations for your specific industry, we hope you'll find this a valuable resource for your work in travel.
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