Rafat Ali, Skift
Outside of Google, TripAdvisor is the global travel search engine, with a direct line into user behavior on where travelers are actually planning and going, instead of just intent. The primary use case of TripAdvisor is built around it: its millions of users, mostly landing from Google and elsewhere, search for accommodations in the places they’re going to.That is why when it comes out with a list of its destinations on the rise, you take it a lot more seriously than say the editorially-opaque destinations list from LonelyPlanet and others. TripAdvisor’s criteria: the places that have seen the “greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest”, based on millions and millions of searches and reviews.
via The Top Emerging Global Destinations Travelers Are Actually Going To – Skift.
Two announcements today about Google Wallet suggest travelers may soon start paying for things at US destinations with their mobile devices. Google Wallet — an app that lets users send money from anywhere in the US — now comes in a version for iPhones. Until this week, Google Wallet only worked with devices that had near-field communications (NFC) chips — something Apple devices lack. Travel companies sign up In a blog post, Google Wallet also revealed that it has partnerships in the pipeline with several travel companies, including Avis Car Rental, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Marriott. We don’t know yet if these travel companies will be able to offer travelers loyalty points redemptions via barcode scanning and the Google Wallet app. But the app will likely pinpoint on a map offers from participating companies that are near the location of the user’s device. Google Wallet already promotes Alaska Airlines‘s frequent flier program by encouraging users to join it from within the app. Priceline’s Travel app for Android enables Google Wallet users to pay for their hotels with Google Wallet. (Airbnb, Booking.com, Uber and Expedia have also added the purchase-with-Google-Wallet option.) Presumably, that functionality will be added to the iOS version of its app. – See more at: http://www.tnooz.com/article/google-wallet-comes-apple-devices-travel-partnerships-wings/#sthash.swVNFC1g.dpuf
via Google Wallet comes to iPhone, and travel companies sign up for mobile payments – Tnooz.
September 6, 2013 By
While Glass graces the nose of only a few, this is going to rapidly change as the next 18 months usher in a raft of wearable technologies that will no doubt change the fundamentals of human/machine interaction and learning.
Here’s a breakdown and analysis of a few technologies grabbing the best of buzz.
Read more at http://www.tnooz.com/2013/09/06/tcritic/what-is-the-future-of-wearable-technology-in-the-travel-industry/#L7uhju0eQizo2HyB.99
via What is the future of wearable technology in the travel industry? | Tnooz.
DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th August 2013: Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines today announced that it will start to roll-out Google Now™ cards for their passengers who book via Emirates.com.
A feature of the Google Search™ app, Google Now is available and fully integrated for Android™ (devices running Android 4.1 and above) and iOS (iPhones and iPads).
via Emirates becomes the first Airline in the Middle East to use Google Now™ | Emirates United Arab Emirates.