It’s rare to see a mobile usage survey that’s based on a representative sample of global travelers, but the annual SITA/Air Transport World Passenger IT Trends Survey is precisely that — a statistically valid representation of the 299 million passengers who pass through the world’s half-dozen largest airports.
This year’s survey finds that airlines and airports still aren’t seeing a payoff in mobile services. Three out of every four passengers carry a smartphone, yet fewer than 5% of them use mobile devices to access check-in, booking, and other air travel services, says SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques), the industry consortium.
Airlines and airports might be better off investing in information services via mobile devices, given that 63% of global travelers say they would use their mobile for flight search and 58% to check flight status.
Three out of every four passengers carry a smartphone, yet fewer than 5% of them use mobile devices to access check-in, booking, and other air travel services, says SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques), the industry consortium.
GASTRONOMIC tourism continues to be a hot commodity in the travel industry, as Australians search for more in-depth cultural experiences.
Southern Cross University lecturer David Scott believes food and wine festivals and foraging for food will be the next big things.
He says people are moving away from passive tourism, such as gazing at historic monuments and natural attractions, to a deeper engagement with locals for authentic experiences.
"Western tourists are looking for something that is transformational; something that will change them," says Scott, who teaches the SCU and Le Cordon Bleu online Master of Gastronomic Tourism.
"These experiences happen through the culture of a destination and the consumption of food.
"You're not just going to a vineyard to look at the wine but also to understand the culture.
"It's (about) the engagement with the grower, hearing stories (and) knowing that it's local food. "The ethical consumer is becoming more interested in sustainability, where farmers are getting a fair go." The growth of farmers' markets and market tours in Australia and worldwide is proof of this.
Backpackers may finally be getting some respect – at least from an economic standpoint.Young people are traveling more, staying away for longer periods of time and spending more money, a new report indicates.
In 2012, $217 billion of the $1.088 trillion tourism “spend” worldwide came from young travelers, an increase that vastly outstripped that of other international travelers, according to a new study of youth and student travel released by Amsterdam-based World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation. Young travelers now represent 20 per cent of international tourism, making the group an important economic force.