In an era of the burgeoning holiday rental and a growing Airbnb market, two tech entrepreneurs from Lebanon are crowdfunding to unveil their new digital doorkey start-up, Smarke, to a global audience. Smarke is a hardware and software concept that allows users to close and open their door locks using an app on their smartphones instead of physical keys.
Chinese passengers are the most rapidly growing customer group at Helsinki Airport. Being able to use a familiar payment method will further improve their service experience at the airport. Helsinki Airport is among the first airports in Europe to enable AliPay.
Innovations in travel technology will continue to transform the tourism industry, with cloud passports, personalised travel, virtual reality and apps predicted to re-shape consumer habits and marketing strategies over the short to mid-term, according to a report by Colliers International. In its Tourism & Technology Trends report, produced ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2017, Colliers International named five trends driving the travel industry.
With the recent sudden influx of visitors to Japan, there has been also a rise in complaints about the lack of free Wi-Fi hotspots. In an effort to solve this problem, a Japanese telecommunications company, Wire & Wireless, introduced a free Wi-Fi connection app two years ago, called Travel Japan Wi-Fi, for tourists to Japan, while the app is free of charge.
Travel Tech: The Travel Technology Association applauds the wisdom of the Tennessee Senate State and Local Government Committee for voting “no” on Senate Bill 212, which would have created new taxes on brick-and-mortar and online travel services.