Monday, November 26, 2007

Monday Open Thread

Something different today.

This is your opportunity to start a discussion as we head off to the ABTA Travel Convention and put the final touches to the December edition.

Use the comments to kick things off or continue the debate.

Kevin May, editor, Travolution


Anonymous said...

why go to abta convention? that is a good starting point.

Darren Cronian said...

I think that there’s going to become a time where consumers are bored of trip planning sites, watching travel videos, listening to podcasts and reading blogs and travel guides and want something different to help inspire them choose their next holiday destination.

I’d like to see more done with Google Earth – like a travel version second life, where you fly to a destination and view and hear it virtually before planning or booking your holiday. Yes SL has a virtual London, but I’d like to see it more interactive, and use images from Google Earth.

What would you like to see be the next big thing technology wise in online travel?

Linda Fox said...

I'd like to see a better overall travel experience. Just back from a 24 hr trip of which almost two hours was wasted on airport delays.
Some elements of the technology are brilliant such as online check-in and printing boarding passes at home etc...
Others need a lot of work!

Darren Cronian said...

Linda, good point about online check-in etc. I think delays are a part of travelling but what I would like to see are more airports with cheap internet access or free WiFi.

There’s not a great deal you can do in an airport when delayed so yes, an improvement to airport entertainment, small movie or cartoon screens.

What about interactive areas where you can plugin in your iPod and watch and read info guides about holiday destinations on your iPod or videos, listen to music etc.

I don’t even mind paying for entertainment if it means I am not going to be sat, bored.