More and more people are traveling. Gone are the days when travel was considered a luxury. It is more of a necessity these days.
According to the World Tourism Organization, by 2030, more than 8 billion people will take around 2 billion international trips. Yes, you read that right, and that’s a whopping figure.
One of the main reasons behind this global acceptance of travel is technology. Technology has revolutionized the entire travel industry and business travel is no exception too.
Technology and the Travel Industry
It is well known that technology has affected individuals, business and traveling to a large extent. It has brought efficiency, automation, customer intelligence and more business opportunities for everyone that has resulted in faster development of the travel industry.
Corporate travel management has also become easier with technology tools. This along with the availability of various travel packages are playing a vital role in the advancement of the travel industry and are coming up with the right kind of traveler experience based on specific customer needs.
The dominance of digital interaction
Connectivity to the internet has made a smart move in business travel. Now, every travel destination whether railway stations or airports are been backed up with free Wi-Fi that can be accessed even when you are at a distance of 35,000 feet or more.
With so many business applications, one can book all his flight directly on his smartphone and board trains and flights without any wastage of time. Digital interaction has specifically proved advantageous to those business travelers who have to board connecting flights one after the other.
All the information such as gate changes, delay of flights or cancellations can now be managed easily through digital media during the journey. Not only this, but one can also plan and manage their work while traveling. It can be said that digital interaction has given a smart move to the business travelers all round their journey.
Technology made traveling environmentally friendly
Not only this, technology has even saved the environment from further destruction. Have you ever lost your boarding pass or train ticket while traveling? How troublesome it is when you come across such a situation. But with advancements in technology, all such things have become secure.
Now with the help of various travel applications, you can book tickets and can get the boarding passes on your mobile phones. Thus, this saves the use of paper which indirectly protects the trees.
With technology, you also get an option of quicker boarding of flights, online flight check-ins, online booking of cabs and food with varied options to select from. Travelers just have to get a smartphone and the related application to make their traveling easy.
It would not be wrong to conclude that the omnichannel strategy has proved to be advantageous for travelers.
Changed our packing routines and saved us a lot of space
Needless to say, technology has also brought about a change in the way we pack. You have limited space and weight while traveling and you need to bring everything you need in order to save money during the journey.
With technology, we have squeezed a lot many things into a single gadget. Again, with the availability of so many applications, we can manage any of our work, listen to music, watch movies and do a lot many things.
You don’t have to carry books if you are a reader; there are many e-books available on the internet that saves space. Cloud services, pen drives are many such things that are very useful for the storage of files, pictures, and other things while on the journey.
Technology helped us super pass language barriers
A big barrier to travelers on the journey is language. With so many states and languages, it is difficult to communicate in another language. But now with so many platforms, it has become relatively easy to communicate with airlines or railway employees.
You can also make use of mobile apps that translate one language into another. Further, you can also visit a place virtually and make yourself aware of all the famous landmarks without actually visiting the city. Thus can be said that technology has overcome language barriers among people.
Electronic payments made traveling safer and easier with cashless payments
With society getting advanced, cashless payments have become common. The technology has a major impact on business travel as it has unleashed disruptive new models.
Cashless payments have not only made business convenient but have also put a stop to miss-happenings that take place during the journey. With new innovations in the digital market, there is no need to carry along cash.
Carry your debit/credit cards, download some of the latest and new applications and here you are ready for your business trip. The blockchain is also one of the major booms and is used by more and more travelers.
More personalized and unique experiences
Technology has made traveling modernized especially for the rich people who are always in search of custom and gain some unique traveling experience. Technology is a boom for those people who love adventure travel and are always in a mood to turn their destination on a dream trip.
With the availability of blogs on almost every topic on the internet, chat spaces and various applications, one can easily make their trip personalized and adventurous.
With this in mind, it would not be wrong to conclude that technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the business travel industry.
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