Business travel isn’t a new industry. It has seen huge changes as technology and international politics has changed, and there are no signs of that slowing down.
As technology increases exponentially, it can seem difficult to keep up. No matter how many blogs you read or how tech-savvy you are, there will always be something you haven’t heard of.
At Grand Avenue, we like to keep up-to-date with business travel predictions so that we can incorporate it into our business. Here are some of the predictions we have for 2018.
AI Is Coming
This has been first on every prediction list for 2018. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is going to change the world in a big way over the next few decades and business travel is not exempt from this. At the minute, the changes are quite minimal. You can expect to see more automated customer service and more automated check-in systems, but over the next few years, this technology could have a major impact on the business travel industry.
Self-driven cars are one of those things that sound like they are from a sci-fi film, but the technology is becoming more and more real. Uber was the first major company to start using self-driven cars, even if the cars still had drivers monitoring the cars performance. At Grand Avenue we still believe in the human touch, so you won’t be seeing us using driverless cars in 2018.
Self-check-in systems have been around for a few years now, but they will become even more widely used in 2018. The days of paper-copy boarding passes are numbered.
2017 was the year the Airbnb really became one of the big players in the business travel room booking industry. While a lot of business travelers still use hotels in the traditional sense, a lot of younger business travelers will be using Airbnb and other short-term lodging sites. You can get great deals at expensive destinations and stay in some interesting places.
Bitcoin has been huge in 2017. Once thought of as a currency for tech-nerds and the dark web, it is now starting to be taken seriously as a real currency. While it is not going to replace the dollar in 2018, you can expect it – and similar currencies – to be taken seriously.
Borders Will Get Tighter
As Trump’s travel ban works its way through the courts, borders in the US and abroad will continue to get tighter. It’s harder than ever to get into the country and the world will respond by making it more difficult for US citizens to enter their country. Brexit will have a huge effect in Europe will the UK out of the free movement. The world is getting smaller, but travel is strangely becoming more difficult.
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