The latest travel trends of 2023 have receded, and while there’s a disappointing lack of jetpacks, snowboards, and flying cars, there’s plenty to excite futurists.
Travel tech company Amadeus has revealed five new developments that will shape travel next year.
“The world used to anticipate the impact of technology on travel in an all-physical way, and envision bigger and faster modes of transportation,” said Amadeus Vice President Daniel Batchelor.
The future is here now, and it looks very different.
“People want to reduce their impact on the planet, while putting human relationships and the broader society first.
“In this exciting new reality, technology is enabling us to reach these goals.”
A new type of travel agent
The metaverse will allow travelers to explore a destination before they arrive or relive the vacation experience once they depart.
There is potential for better assistance before a trip, such as booking flights or meeting a travel agent in a Second Life environment.
The Walt Disney Company plans to create a real-world theme park that includes a parallel experience in a 3D virtual world.
Seoul is also making its way with its plans to reach ‘Meta’ by 2023, with a platform titled ‘Metaverse Seoul’.
Qatar Airways recently announced Qverse with its MetaHuman cabin crew, providing an immersive touring, transfer and check-in experience at Hamad International Airport.
Smile at your seat
Biometrics will help create a seamless travel payment experience.
Biometric payments – via ApplePay and GooglePay – are becoming mainstream in retail. Next year’s travel will likely take biometric payments to the next level.
Airports already use biometrics to identify travel documents, so the next logical step is to take advantage of this identity verification for any payments travelers make during their flights.
Let’s say a passenger uses biometrics to check-in, drop-off and board the plane. In this case, these identity checks can double to cover payments they make while traveling, such as adding a meal on the plane.
Leave the bags at home
Hotels will provide more amenities to travelers so that they can travel lightly.
A group of customers are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint and the cost of checked baggage which has resulted in reduced baggage allowance.
Hotels and resorts are increasingly renting bulky items to travelers, such as sports equipment and workout clothes. Many do it from local suppliers to be more popular among tourists.
Working from roaming
Remote workers are embracing the nomadic lifestyle, migrating to various locations where “work from anywhere” policies have become the norm.
Amadeus anticipates that workers may choose to spend time with friends and family in their home market or may spend a month working abroad.
Bonding work breaks
Over the past few years, many companies have introduced work-from-anywhere policies.
With this came the challenge of collective bonding and collaboration.
As a result, there has been a rise in “internal travel” plans, where teams are grouped together to strengthen relationships.