The world is constantly evolving and the travel industry is no exception with new trends and technologies flooding the market. We’ve listed some of the coolest trends to keep an eye on…
Hotel offers guests cameras to share their vacation experiences
January 2015 saw Marriott Hotels partner with GoPro to lend guests HERO4 cameras during their stay to capture and share their travel experiences, for the chance to win free stays and cameras.
Guests at selected Marriott hotels in South America and the Caribbean are invited to submit their photos and videos for inclusion on the Marriott Hotels website by sharing their content across social platforms using the hashtags #GoPro, #travelbrilliantly and #viajegenial.
Hotel guests receive limited edition letters from resident writers
January 2015 saw Ace Hotel New York launch Dear Reader: a micro-residency for emerging writers. Each month, a writer is invited to spend a night at the hotel and pen an open letter – of no more than 400 words – to an imagined audience of hotel guests.
On a surprise date the following month, hand-numbered and stamped copies of the letter are laid at the bedsides of each room, offering guests a limited edition object to keep for posterity.
Selfie app is designed for cruise passengers
Available to download from February 2015, the free Selfies at Sea app helps passengers traveling with the Carnival Cruise Line make the most of their vacation. The mobile app suggests places to take photos around the Australian cruise company’s ships, and also allows guests to collate their photos into a short movie to share via social media.
The app features a selection of filters, with passengers encouraged to share their clips hashtagged with #selfieatsea.
On-demand helicopter flights available via mobile app
Launched in January 2015, Gotham Air is a company offering on-demand helicopter flights from Manhattan to JFK and Newark airports. Customers can book their flight via the company’s free mobile app.
An introductory flight is priced at USD 99, with subsequent journeys costing from USD 199. Flights depart from three Manhattan-based Gotham Air terminals.
Airline trials in-flight VR entertainment
February 2015 saw Qantas partner with Samsung to introduce a three month trial of in-flight virtual reality entertainment for passengers on its long haul flights. First Class passengers on selected flights and travelers in Qantas First Class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne are offered Samsung Gear VR headsets, which show a variety of immersive virtual reality content.
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