Eight Big Travel Predictions for 2019

29th October 2018 - Glasgow, UK

8 Big Travel Predictions for 2019

Inspired by a wealth of data, travel endorsements, reviews, preferences and insight and well as an unparalleled understanding of the industry, tourism heavyweight and Traveltek partner, Booking.com, has revealed their eight travel predictions for 2019. Let’s take a look at what they predict:

The Appren-trip

2019 will see a rise in travellers’ desire to embrace new life skills while on holiday, as well as an increase in volunteering vacations across generations. In particular, Generation Z will increasingly scrutinise the value of expensive university degrees over and against the life skills and practical learning that can be gained from travel. This is in light of the fact that experiences beyond the classroom and office cubicle continue to make for attractive potential employees in many companies’ eyes.

Easy does it

In 2019, “ease” will be the gold standard by which tech travel innovations will be judged. The winning innovations will be those that can seamlessly offer these technologies as a practical solution to travellers.

Think keyless room-access with your phone, personalised travel tips or a robotic concierge which can communicate with guests in their mother tongue. One hotel in the USA, YOTEL Boston, already has a robot as a member of staff.

The innovations that most travellers are enthusiastic about though are not the most cutting-edge or avant garde with the majority of travellers looking forward to real-time luggage tracking through a mobile app (50%) and having a single app for all their planning, booking and travel needs (50%).

2019 will also see more tech developed for use pre-trip at the research stage. Almost a third (28%) of travellers like the idea of a ‘virtual travel agent’ in their home, using voice-activated assistants to answer travel queries.

Uncharted territories

In 2019 and beyond, Booking.com anticipates that we will continue to push the extreme limits of where travel will take us and as space technology advances, even the prospect of space tourism won’t seem such a giant leap anymore.

Three in ten travellers (32%) confirm they are excited about the prospect of space travel in the future and are open to considering the experience themselves.

Until space travel becomes a reality, this bold new mentality will also translate to travel slightly closer to home with a desire to explore uncharted territories here on Earth. 63% of travellers, for example, confirmed that they would consider staying in an accommodation under the sea.

Up close and personal

2019 looks set to see rapid developments in the way travel information is consumed and used. A third of travellers (34%) want someone or something to do the hard work and make travel recommendations for them and 52% are excited about the prospect of travel tech modernization, such as a digital tour guide to bring them a truly bespoke travel experience.

As importance deepens on personal, individual recommendations that unlock the most out of every trip, Booking.com expects producers of rich and professional travel content to find even better ways of distributing this through the use of artificial intelligence.

Conscious travel

Reflecting increased global interest in social issues such as human rights, equality and working conditions, 2019 will see a more conscious traveller become evident, with even more questions being asked around social, political and environmental issues in potential travel destinations before deciding on where to visit.

As travellers increasingly seek new and authentic experiences, they also want to ensure that they can travel in safety, regardless of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Platforms such as Destination Pride are harnessing the power of multiple data sources to provide travellers with a ranking of how LGBT+ friendly their chosen travel destination is, while destinations and organisations will increasingly step up their support for women travelling alone.

Plastic not-so fantastic

Millennials and Gen Z travellers will look for sustainable experiences in their destination, while accommodation providers will look to reduce their plastic usage and increase their sustainable credentials.

An overwhelming majority of global travellers (87%) say they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay, with one fifth (21%) willing to clear plastic and litter from a beach or other tourist attraction.

Booking.com foresees a number of new travel start-ups and individual enterprises committed to shaping a new future for our planet’s destinations emerge in the coming year, with intriguing technology at the core of their solutions.

The experience curator

Travel with experiences at its core was one of 2018’s major travel trends but 2019 will take it even further. More than half of travellers (51%) value experiences higher than material possessions and 2019 will see travellers packing in many different and authentic experiences, with an emphasis on creating moments that will bring us joy and comfort long after the trip is over.

In 2019, 40% travellers plan to visit a destination that makes them feel like a kid again to ease the onus of a stressful adult life. Booking.com predicts that properties will add more childlike and playful touches, such as ball pits and bouncy castles for adults.

Maximising the micro

Almost half of travellers (48%) report they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019. It’s a year that’s predicted to be all about made-to-measure, bite-sized travel with more curated travel itineraries squeezed into shorter time frames. Less is most definitely more as travellers are offered a more bespoke experience.

Booking.com predicts a continued surge in the desire to stay in unique and remarkable types of accommodation, which offer the chance to make a serious travel statement – even on the shortest of getaways.

Traveltek Targets Growth in Europe and Draws Interest from Airlines

19th October 2018 -

The Travolution European Summit which took place last month was an excellent forum in which numerous top industry names came together to discuss the future of travel.  During the discussion, Sergeant hinted that Traveltek is eyeing growth in Central Europe and amongst airline partners looking to boost their ancillary revenue via dynamic packaging for airlines.

Travel Weekly Europe Report

Whilst at the event, Traveltek’s senior vice president, Cressida Sergeant, took prime position on a panel discussing the recently published Travel Weekly Europe Report.

Sergeant told the Travolution Summit that, in particular, she sees opportunities in Italy and Germany, with a major focus on promoting cruise booking technology in the region.

Sergeant said while Traveltek has been traditionally UK-centric, it has achieved growth in areas like the Middle East, APAC and the Americas.

Focus on Europe

However, she said Germany and Italy are being eyed up for growth in Europe as they remain “traditional markets”. “We believe cruise is a good fit for our product there,” she said.

She added it was vital that firms fully understand the markets that they venture into as not all are the same, even within Europe.

“A lot of UK companies are guilty of assuming Europe is just one market,” she said. “Each country is unique and some of the stats in the [Travel Weekly Europe] report really back up some of these cultural differences I have experienced in my career.”

Ancillary Revenue for Airlines 

She also said the firm has been having talks with airlines interested in using its dynamic packaging for airlines technology to increase sale volumes of ancillaries.

She revealed the developer has been approached by a number of airlines interested in seeing if its technology could be used to drive up non-airline seat sales.

“They have spoken to us about how they want to increase revenues and how they can do that through ancillary products,” she said.

“Clearly they have the Package Travel Regulations that need to be considered and so I think that’s an opportunity for growth for Traveltek. We would be an enabler for them to add on those additional components.”

Traveltek Promotes Cruise Opportunities at ITB Asia

12th October 2018 - Glasgow, UK

It’s undeniable that cruise is currently the topical buzzword in travel and at ITB Asia this year there will be more of a focus than ever on the cruise industry. Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has announced its inaugural participation at the event, organising a two-hour cruise seminar offering tips to assist travel agents to sell cruise.

Leading Cruise Software 

As a leading cruise software supplier, Traveltek is keen to advise travel professionals how they can capitalise on this growing demand, with the correct technology in place.

On hearing the announcement of the latest CLIA seminar promoting the opportunities within the Asian cruise market, Paul Millan, Traveltek Senior Vice President – APAC said: “CLIA’s participation at ITB Asia is a reflection of the undeniable increase in cruise appeal globally.

“Cruise travel is steadily on the rise, with cruise passenger numbers in Asia registering double-digit year on year growth. Giving travel professionals the correct tools to provide easy cruise booking journeys will maintain its upward trajectory.”

Traveltek’s advanced cruise packaging software gives agents the flexibility that no other system on the market currently provides, offering them the ability to curate and package intricate cruise holidays. The platform enables travel companies to present multiple pre- and post- cruise, flight, hotel and transfer options that allow cruise itineraries to take on a whole new dimension.

Traveltek has worked with the world’s leading cruise lines and provides ship descriptions, detailed cabin information and supporting images to bring cruise packages to life. Traveltek’s experienced content team ensures the database of available cruises is up to date and accurate on a daily basis, giving users of the technology the commercial edge over their competitors.

Growth of River Cruising 

Numerous recent articles have highlighted a specific sector of cruising which, until now, has been largely overlooked: river cruising. Discussing the growth of the river cruise market in Asia, CLIA Regional Manager, Jiali Wong, said: “Asia is poised to have the same kind of growth that European river cruising has had over the past decade with a bevy of new ships launching in the region in recent years.

“A river cruise holiday is ‘an easy sell’ because of the multitude and variety of cultural experiences available across the region. With many consumers looking for authentic experiences, river cruising is an excellent way for them to experience Asia, taste the great food and enjoy life.”

This development in river cruising is one that Traveltek predicted many years ago and the company has invested a lot of time and energy into ensuring its platform is adapted to both ocean and river cruising. Traveltek’s is the only system currently available with river cruise suppliers and, with over 190 ocean and river operators integrated, presents the largest range of aggregated cruise content on the market.

“We are leading the way in terms of cruise technology, especially within the more niche sectors like river cruise and fly cruise,” said Paul Millan. “With this in mind, we look forward to helping travel businesses in the Asia Pacific region take advantage of the growing demand.”

“We are leading the way in terms of cruise technology, especially within the more niche sectors like river cruise and fly cruise.  With this in mind, we look forward to helping travel businesses in the Asia Pacific region take advantage of the growing demand.”

Paul Millan

Traveltek will be exhibiting at ITB Asia between the 17th and 19th October at stand A18.

Traveltek Reveals How to ‘Cash-in’ on Cruise Tourism

2nd October 2018 -

With Cruiseworld Asia less than a week away, the Traveltek APAC sales team is preparing to exhibit its innovative travel technology.

The worldwide Cruiseworld events have become synonymous with cruise innovation and provide a wealth of information about the future of the cruise industry.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Cashing in on Asia’s Cruise Tourism” and will cover insightful panel discussions with several key industry figures as well as useful networking opportunities. The inaugural Cruiseworld Asia edition, which took place last year, was met with an extremely positive response, attracting 380 top industry representatives and this year is set to be even bigger.

Traveltek is looking to promote its advanced cruise dynamic packaging system to the considerable number of senior industry executives who will attend the event.  With over 190 ocean and river operators integrated, Traveltek’s system provides the largest range of aggregated cruise content on the market.  It was developed to provide forward-thinking companies with a way to tailor-make their own cruise packages, allowing the agent to hand-pick flights, hotels, transfers and attractions to create unique cruise products. With ultimate flexibility and control, increased upsell opportunities and an enhanced booking process, Traveltek’s cruise dynamic packaging system is at the forefront of technology in this sector.

Organised by Travel Weekly Asia, Cruiseworld Asia will take place on the 4th October at the Raffles City Convention Centre Singapore, followed by ship inspections on October 5th.