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Copenhagen’s new destination strategy declares “The End of Tourism As We Know it.” Colorado’s iconic Hanging Lake goes viral on social media — creating a surge in visitor numbers, parking chaos, congestion and threatening water quality. Bloomberg News describes New Zealand tourism with a headline; “Too Many People Are Going to New Zealand. And That’s a Problem,” noting the country’s visitor boom has “put infrastructure [and the] environment under pressure.” The Head of Marketing for Amsterdam CVB, Frans van der Avert, notes, “We don’t spend even €1 in marketing Amsterdam any more… we don’t want to have more people. A lot of smaller historic cities in Europe are getting destroyed by visitors.”
Three major causes are fueling this unprecedented growth in tourism: the burgeoning middle class in developing countries, a big expansion in airline connectivity (at historically low prices) and a shift by consumers aspiring
With my colleague, Andrea Wood, The State of the American Traveler – Technology Edition webinar on June 1, 2017, also featured a deeper dive into the trends and practical takeaways in four areas of innovation: VR/AR, artificial intelligence (AI), Google’s Quick Answers and Google’s evolution of destination and travel content.
In this blog we summarize the first two technologies we covered – and in a future blog will cover Google’s innovation in depth.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
Trends: Innovation in VR and AR continues apace with recent major launches in VR from Facebook – the social empowered Facebook Spaces, the immersive properties of VR “Room Scaling” (supported now by several headsets) plus the new Google Daydream VR platform (offering improved quality vs. the Google Cardboard at a still reasonable rate) and
New technology has always been part of travel – from the convenience of the automobile, to the wonders of flight and the global reach of the Internet.
In 2017, technology made another step change to move even further into the center of how travelers inspire, plan, book and share their travel experiences.
Technology Edition – The State of the American Traveler
The second annual Technology Edition of The State of the American Traveler surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. leisure travelers on their perception, use and ratings of technology in travel. This edition of The State of the American Traveler marked a decade of Miles’ support of this quarterly research conducted by Destination Analysts.
The June 1, 2017, webinar on the new Technology Edition highlighted a wide range of insights on how U.S. travelers
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