Inside Travel: Understanding the latest Technology and Trend insights

Find it hard to keep track with all the latest insights into business trends, new products and technology advancements in the travel sector? The Blue Swan Daily provides you with an update on some of the key stories from the past week.

  • Winding Tree completes first ever B2B open source hack in the travel industry
  • Priority Pass opens its membership up to hundreds of special travel offers
  • IATA launches new platform enabling airlines to share turbulence data
  • Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises welcomes history-making AIDAnova ship into its fleet
  • Almost half of Britons will spend Christmas away from home, but more than halve will be staying in the UK

Winding Tree completes first ever B2B open source hack in the travel industry
Winding Tree, an open-source blockchain-based travel distribution platform, has confirmed more details on its successful first Hackathon, which took place from 24-25-Oct-2018 in Prague. The Hackathon, which was the first of its kind, brought together various airlines, travel companies, and blockchain developers coding solutions collaboratively for the industry in Winding Tree’s open source environment. It says one of the most unprecedented features of the event was that fact that major airlines coded alongside travel startups, where input from both had the same weight and value. Similarly, it was believed to be the first time that major airlines, travel industry developers, and startups coded solutions together in the spirit of open innovation. There were twelve hacking teams in total, with 66 hackers contributing to this new open source travel ecosystem and the winning developers comprised: Emergency Shelter –  A smart contract that allows people to offer their homes as emergency shelters in the times of a catastrophe or natural disaster, all entirely built on Winding Tree; Siesta – PMS integration – A fully functional hack to integrate Winding Tree into a hotel PMS; and  Air France-KLM – A fully functional flight search with actual UI using multiple APIs and the core of Winding Tree.


Priority Pass opens its membership up to hundreds of special travel offers
Airport experience specialist Priority Pass has introduced offers which give its membership access to discounts at airports across the world through its app and website. In addition to accessing world-renowned lounges and dining options, its members can now enrich their pre-flight experience through specially negotiated offers at hundreds of dining, spa, retail and airport services. This launch comes in response to consumers’ increased desire for more meaningful experiences and rewards at the airport, and is in line with Priority Pass’s strategy to add greater value to members right across the airport ecosystem. According to recent Collinson research, travellers would arrive earlier to the airport if they received discounts on food and beverage (41%) and shopping (39%), with almost half of them (47%) stating they would spend more if they received deals in advance of travelling. The launch of offers gives Priority Pass Members access to over 800 discounts, upgrades and free gifts with certain purchases, at 146 airports in 32 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, with plans to add more in the coming months. Priority Pass says it has worked with merchants in all of these airports to craft special offers which bring benefits for Priority Pass Members while also helping drive additional footfall for airport partners,


IATA launches new platform enabling airlines to share turbulence data
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines. The platform will improve on the industry’s capabilities by collecting data from multiple contributing airlines and consolidating the data into a single, anonymised, objective source database which is accessible to participants. This is understood to be the first global, real-time, detailed and objective information for pilots and operations professionals to manage turbulence.. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Aer Lingus have already signed contracts and Delta is already contributing their data to the programme which will trial throughout 2019. The final product will be launched in early 2020 following feedback from participating airlines.


Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises welcomes history-making AIDAnova ship into its fleet
Carnival Corporation welcomed AIDA Cruises’ new AIDAnova into its fleet at a celebration in Bremerhaven, Germany this week, the world’s first cruise vessel to be powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel. AIDAnova becomes Carnival Corporation’s fourth new ship of 2018. AIDAnova is bound for the Canary Islands to welcome its inaugural guests at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, embarking on December 19 for a seven-day holiday cruise around the Canary Islands and Madeira. Reflecting an evolving travel market, AIDAnova also offers 20 different stateroom types, ranging from a two-deck penthouse suite to spacious family and patio cabins to comfortable single options with a balcony. In 2021 and 2023, two additional ships from the new AIDA Cruises generation of vessels will join the AIDA fleet, in addition to new LNG-powered ships on order for Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises in the UK, and Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises in the US.


Almost half of Britons will spend Christmas away from home, but more than halve will be staying in the UK
As the holiday season approaches a recent survey by Away Resorts, leading park operator and holiday home provider, discovers 45% of Brits will be going away for Christmas, but 24% plan on staying in the UK. In contrast, only 21% of Britons are opting to go abroad over the holiday season and nearly half of those (8%) will be in their overseas chateaus. This is very similar to the number staying in UK holiday homes (6%) suggesting this is becoming a popular way for Brits to invest their money. As more people choose staycations this Christmas the survey highlighjts the majority (24%) say it’s the only chance they get to go away. This is followed closely by Britons wanting to use their UK holiday homes (18%), avoiding the busy season at home (15%) and preferring Christmas away from home (11%).