The famous annual CES technology event in Las Vegas always attracts a lot of people, and this year was no exception. It illustrated the increasing interest of business travelers in technologies. This was an event where tech companies showed their most innovative products to excite clients and partners. Presentations were often given by movie stars, and parties were held at high-class night spots. Over 175,000 people descended on the city to explore the newest tech products, and the sphere of corporate tourism was one of the most popular.
Why are corporate travelers interested in travel technologies?
According to a study by Expedia, most corporate travelers have a smartphone, and 78 percent of them use it while traveling. However, it is still difficult for travelers to utilize modern technologies and to integrate travel management tools due to the travel policies of their companies. For their part, managers are afraid to give employees full freedom of choice to arrange their own travel, because they can lose control of costs.
In fact, travel policies mostly focus on rules, enforcement, and compliance. They generally run 50 or 60 pages and are written to prevent the majority of employees from doing the wrong thing rather than to encourage them to make the right choice.
Enduring innovation in mobile technology offers the prospect of a future in which interactive software will automatically be able to guide travelers through the entire journey, engaging every problem and being an essential tool that helps schedule and coordinate flights, hotels, and rental cars while providing complete information about every aspect of the travel as well as the business issues.
Upcoming technologies will also allow employers to see travelers’ positions and — through a GPS device on their phones — to track their movements. If a passenger is late for a flight, for instance, an airline might rebook him on the next flight automatically. Car rental and taxi services would work in the same system to accommodate delays, and hotels could be notified of late arrivals.