Priceline’s latest analysis of booking pattern trends shows a significant shift in consumer preferences, especially among the younger demographic.
The latest foray into voice-tech comes from CheapAir.com. The voice activation feature is integrated with the company’s latest iPhone and iPad release, allowing customers to use voice to search for flights amidst the 25 million aggregated fares.
In a first step towards a fully multi-platform guest experience, Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels has released an iPhone app aimed at coalescing guest experience before, during and after a stay at one of the brand’s 72 hotels and resorts.
Many mobile apps aren’t even apps; rather, they are basic copies of the Web version. And those that are fully realized applications are not necessarily any better, lacking a clear focus on user experience and the desired outcome – a purchase.
A ranking of the travel booking mobile apps used at least once by US iPhone users in June 2012 is led by Kayak, in a new infographic supplied by Onavo, a maker of apps for data compression and data-monitoring.
Ever since Apple acquired virtual assistant technology Siri in early-2010, adding voice-activated travel search to mobiles has gained momentum as a concept.
Four out of ten Europeans would consider booking a holiday or flight via mobile device, although Brits are the least mobile-friendly with less than a third keen on the idea.
Data trends on cheapest hotel rates as well as median rate for three months of three, four and five star hotels across some of the major cities in Europe from July to September 2011.