... It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago the internet didn’t exist and only the privileged few owned a mobile phone.
To celebrate 30 years of travel innovation, Amadeus is looking back on three decades of travel history and wondering what the future has in store…
First conceived to manage online currency bitcoin, it’s now used to facilitate secure online transactions. Blockchains create safe, tamper-proof records of data transactions. Each block contains a timestamp and a link to a previous block and, once published, cannot be altered. We're exploring how to apply it to loyalty, identity management and baggage tracking solutions.
As people adapt to chatbot applications like WeChat and Facebook Messenger, travel brands are rushing to implement commerce through chat solutions. Amadeus is developing its own chat platform and exploring a partnership with mobile messaging app, LINE.
In an increasingly mediated space, Amadeus is helping online players to improve customer conversion. One exciting investment is FLYR, a U.S.-based predictive analytics company. How many times have you found a flight ticket for a great price only to find the next time you look it up the price has increased? Imagine being able to freeze ticket prices and protect them from further increases.
In short, how technology and devices come together to make our lives a whole lot easier. The Internet of things and disruption management technology is taking the stress out of modern travel, so we've invested in BlueSmart, the world’s first smart, connected suitcase. We’re helping reinvent the humble suitcase with GPS tracking technology so you'll never lose your luggage again.
Very much the buzzword of the moment, one of our coolest examples is TravelCast. Ever wondered where a scene in a movie is taking place? TravelCast not only answers your question, but takes you there with an integrated travel shopping experience on top of broadcasted TV content. This Amadeus prototype will inspire people to assess new ways of travel shopping by turning any media content into real life experiences.
Holistic content is the foundation of modern travel search. Being able to draw on the widest possible combination of travel products helps you create richer experiences for your travellers. Extended content is bookable and non-bookable travel content contained in the Amadeus system delivering your personalised, holistic offers; it could be a hotel offering a destination service, like dining, or an airline offering local experiences during a stop over.
Boeing is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and is planning to test the new technology next year.
Sub-aquatic hotels will be a “far more mainstream proposition” by 2024, with underwater tourism set to become popular
Seeking “bragging rights”, tourists will seek adventures in extreme destinations. They want to be the first to visit “forbidden zones”, places previously inaccessible by conflict or instability, or be the last to see an endangered habitat or species. Lebanon could become the new Dubai; Angola could take off too.
NASA is developing the "Puffin", an individual aircraft that takes off vertically.
The Californian based Pelican project is the world's largest Aircraft; a revolutionary self-ballasting aeroscraft cargo airship.
Elon Musk's Hyperloop is a step closer to reinventing travel as we know it; a futuristic train that's "a cross between a Concorde, an air rifle and an air hockey table". The 700mph service would link Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 30 minutes.
Trips to the moon: Foster + Partners are currently involved in a project with the European Space Agency exploring ways to build structures on the moon using 3D printers. Could a lunar hotel be on the horizon?
By 2030, there will be an extra billion people in the world, 20% of which will be travelling.