Talking About the Travel Revolution

The revolution of travel will soon be reality: Fully-automatic, flying electric drone-taxis, hyperloop transportation and supersonic flight will make unprecedented forms of luxury travel possible. The study covers a lot of stuff that looks like science fiction. We asked Joel Brandon-Bravo, Managing Director UK, Travelzoo to tell us more…

Supersonic planes, hyperloop trains, driverless cars – these are all exciting technologies that are in development today and have the potential to significantly disrupt the travel industry. Our survey has asked over 7,000 people worldwide what they think about these future modes of travel – their hopes, how likely are they to use them, and what they think the benefits will be to them and the planet.

When will these technologies really be impacting travel and tourism?

Driverless drone taxis are already being tested, as are facial recognition for payment and service robots in some hotels. Virgin Galactic hope to start commercial flights this year, and the Branson-backed team behind the Virgin Hyperloop One expect to have a commercial operation in service by 2021. Boom, a new supersonic airplane, aims to begin flights in 2023.

What will be the biggest challenge in getting consumers to accept these new concepts?

Our survey suggests that trust in the safety and environmental efficiency of the new technologies will be major barriers to acceptance. People will need to be convinced of its reliability, and reassured that there is a net gain to the planet through lower emissions. Our respondents have also expressed concerns over the likely costs for the new technologies.

Who should come to your session at the ITB Berlin Convention and what will they come away with?

Anyone with an interest in consumer attitudes about the transport and travel technology of the future should join us. We hope they’ll take away some useful and actionable insights from the planned end users of those technologies as they begin to think about how their own organisations adapt.


THE REVOLUTION OF TRAVEL FROM THE CUSTOMERS’ PERSPECTIVE: AUTONOMOUS CARS AND FLYING TAXIS, HYPERLOOP AND SUPERSONIC JETS – EXCLUSIVE TRAVELZOO/ITB MARKET STUDY

  • Category: Future, Marketing
  • Date: March 7, 2018 Time: 3pm – 3.45pm
  • Location: Convention Hall 7.1b, Auditorium London

Photo : Joel Brandon-Bravo Managing Director UK, Travelzoo