The Future of Travel 2016 report highlights opportunities for brands to drive purchases throughout the discovery, planning and booking stages
It is a truth universally acknowledged that preparing for a trip—be it for business or pleasure—is not a pleasurable experience. From finding the cheapest flight to booking a hotel that will meet everyone’s needs, many of the tools and services designed to solve these problems are alike, each dysfunctional in their own ways. This was the impetus that led PSFK Labs to leverage learnings from retail, tech, media, and other travel companies in creating The Future of Travel 2016 report to help travel brands improve the planning and booking process for their clients.
The Transportation Security Administration is testing new security checkpoints: Qylatron is a five-cell set of lockers that should make the screening process more efficient
Do you dread the TSA’s conveyor belt security check every time you go to the airport? Fighting for plastic gray bins, or worse, anxiously glancing back to make sure no one is stealing your favorite boots. Luckily the Transportation Security Administration’s R&D lab is testing a potential alternative: Qylatron is a locker system for airport security from Qylur that sounds like much less of headache.
New Future of Travel 2016 report spotlights the best sites and services to book your upcoming trip
The holiday season is officially upon us, with an estimated 46 million Americans kicking off with a Thanksgiving celebration. In anticipation of the feasts and the gifting also comes the dread of the traffic and airport security. To help travelers ease the pains of travel—and savor the delights—PSFK has rounded up a few of the best tools for arranging the perfect getaway. PSFK Labs new report, The Future of Travel 2016, spotlights the below services and others that are re-imagining the planning and booking processes. So whether you’re going home or looking for a holiday adventure, here’s a few tips to make your travels all the more easier.
Travel Alberta's Instatrip campaign promises to take you on the ultimate winter vacation using social media inspiration
Forget browsing the travel section of the bookstore or perusing that vacation brochure you got in the mail last week—with a new trip planner called Instatrip, everything you need for a memorable time away from home can be found right on one of your favorite social media sites.
With the launch of PSFK’s new travel report, we learn about designing hospitality features for a more rich and frictionless trip
Just two weeks ago, Airbnb released its third annual host conference, Airbnb Open 2015, in Paris. 5,000 dedicated homeowners from the travel experience and accommodation listing site (of the 2-plus million homes currently available to rent) ventured to the city to learn about the company’s new suites of features designed to eliminate frictions in the travel booking and planning process.
Ticket Books function as a train ride pass and aim to encourage reading in Brazil.
People only read an average of about two books a year in Brazil. To promote reading, Brazil’s biggest pocket book publisher L&PM Editores created a collection of small paperbacks that also work as subway tickets.
The country's Department of Foreign Affairs is considering a trial run of cloud-based digital passports
Is the next step to digitalizing travel digital passports? Australia is the first country to consider a move to paperless passports. The country recently considered a range of travel innovations at a hackathon style event called the InnovationXchange at the Department of Foreign Affairs. According to the Sydney Morning Herald report, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop thinks the idea could “go global.”
PSFK Labs outlines the key lessons from the our latest Future of Travel report
This year’s Future of Travel report took a cross-industry approach to identify best-in-class trends from the retail, tech, media, and travel industries to help improve the discovery and booking process for travel companies. Whether by plane, train or automobile for business or pleasure, PSFK Labs‘ research has unearthed a few simple rules every travel company can follow to create all around better experiences.
The airline easyJet is outfitting its cabin crew in high-tech uniforms designed by CuteCircuit
U.K. airline easyJet has teamed up with leading fashion tech company CuteCircuit for an innovative redesign of the uniforms for cabin crew and engineers.
Find Your Swede is VisitSweden's attempt to attract tourism at a more personal level, pairing you with a Swedish national after answering 38 questions
Have you ever wondered if there is someone just like you on the other side of the planet? Find Your Swede, a new social experiment from Sweden’s official tourism agency, recently launched a Beta version with the hopes of answering that question.
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Aiming for an audience with more restrained tastes, should Lincoln ignore its high profile past?
Think of an American premium car brand and Cadillac will likely first come to mind. GM has been diligently refining the brand the past couple of decades, including a recent relocation of management to offices in New York City. Ford itself has enjoyed success with well-designed cars and trucks that are selling globally. Left behind has been Lincoln, which today is mostly a car brand people expect to see when they need a ride back and forth from the airport.