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Travel Innovations

Technology will impact the future of travel – both for the industry and individuals. As technology continues to improve, the travel industry will be able to adopt, innovate, and utilize modern technologies to provide an even better experience. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, many are going to have questions about safety measures as well as other general questions they had pre-pandemic.

COVID-19 Passports
Mobile with immune digital health passport for covid-19
Mobile app with digital health passport for covid-19.

IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app that will enable travelers to store and manage verified information on their health status, COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Designed with the passenger in mind, IATA is developing the Travel Pass in four independent components, which can either work together as one complete end-to-end solution, or separately to compliment systems that others are building. More airlines are announcing trials of the IATA Travel pass, due to be released in Q1 2021.

Contact Free
Opening hotel door with keyless entry card
Opening hotel door with keyless entry card.

Contactless technology will help build travelers’ trust all across the tourism industry. Thermal technology can be used in airports, train stations, and hotels to reduce the amount of interaction and touchpoints. Airports are testing out thermal technology to identify those traveling with COVID-19. Hilton Hotels Digital Key feature gives guests access to their hotel room via a tap on their phone. To access Digital Key, you must be a member of the Hilton Honors Program.

Virtual Reality Experiences
Woman watching on virtual reality device at sunset time
Woman using virtual reality to view a scenic sunset.

Apps. for virtual reality tours like National Geographic VR and Wander, can take travelers to the pyramids of the Taj Mahal. Oculus launched its Quest 2 headset in October. Experts say it could be a watershed moment for technology in tourism. The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation is using VR to showcase experiences such as beach yoga. One prominent adopter of pandemic VR is Germany’s national tourist board. ‘I think the increase will be sustained, especially with the Gen Z and millennials in coming years, as they move into higher-paid jobs,’ says Hollister. Source: The Guardian

New Tools

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here are some trending tools you should pack next time you hit the road. For individual travelers, this means making your journey more convenient.

Skyroam Solis X - Skyroam Solis Lite
Skyroam Solis X
  • The necessity of a safe and reliable internet connection for directions, research information, banking and so much more is vital. The Skyroam Solis X WiFi Smartspot gives you the internet access you need, wherever you are, and offers a number of other useful travel features.
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Away Travel, Technology Enabled Smart Luggage.
  • Away Travel’s, Bigger Carry-On offers plenty of convenience for both casual and frequent travelers, while also delivering in compliance. The Battery version offers a removable battery that can charge a phone four times. For the carry-on itself, there is a TSA-approved lock.
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Grayl Ultralight Compact Purifier Bottle.
  • The Grayl Ultralight Compact Purifier Bottle is the travel companion you need for every journey. This amazing water bottle utilizes filtration technology to make any water safe to drink. As tech continues to grow and advance, it will have an even greater impact on travel as a whole.
The Hyperloop
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The Hyperloop Concept: Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The concept of a hyperloop was first proposed by Elon Musk in 2012. The technology uses magnetic levitation and vacuum tubes to achieve high speeds. Virgin Hyperloop envisions a system of vacuum tubes and pods that use artificial intelligence to determine routes and departure times. The company is planning on building another testing center in West Virginia for $500 million and seeking certification by 2025. Company executives say that the technology could be out to the public by the end of the decade. It has many competitors in the US and Europe, many of which are initially focused on building hyperloops to transport cargo. The vacuum tubes would need to be built to follow very straight routes and wide turns due to high-speed travel. Purchasing land for this would be very expensive.