Travel Trends 2020: Industry Forecast

Travel industry trends change almost as often as rates on hotels or airfare. This past year, we at Sky Bird saw the predicted trends of 2019 develop into the norm. We’re now eager to see what 2020 has in store for us, our customers, and their customers as we prepare for the New Year.

Some trends from our 2019 list are continuing to be a hot topic of 2020. These trends include:
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Voice Tech in Travel: 8 Ways Voice Search is Growing in the Travel Sector

As smart speaker usage grows, its effects are being felt by the travel industry. From reserving rental cars to learning what and how to pack, voice tech is affecting the way people travel. Keep reading to see what changes you can expect in the near future.
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Tech in Travel: Virtual Reality

The gaming industry brought the capabilities of virtual reality (VR) to the players, and now the opportunities VR presents is commanding attention from marketing and hospitality businesses. Experts recognize VR gives potential consumers the chance to experience a product before purchase, giving the customer more authority in their final decision. Knowing this kind of control is highly valuable to customers, those working in the travel industry have explored and executed ways to bring this sophisticated technology to every traveler.

Here are ways the travel industry is using VR to achieve higher levels of customer satisfaction:
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Travel Trend 2019: Tech in Travel

Travel Technology is on a continuous rise and is one of 2019’s industry trends to watch. Today, free Wi-Fi and USB plugs are as expected as colored televisions. As a result, these amenities are no longer selling points. Here are some of the biggest and most impressive trends in today’s travel tech.
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You Need a Better Airline Consolidator

We have talked a lot about how good an airline consolidator is for your business, and you may have even added working with one to your travel agent toolkit. However, if you have been working with one for a while and doubt their services are helping you reach your goals, it’s time to find a better one.
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Travel Trend 2019: Luxury Travel

Investing in luxury travel is one of the year’s most significant trends. That being said, it’s important to note that 2019’s definition of “luxury” differs from previous interpretations. Knowing this information will help you update your appeal to the luxury travel market. Here is a rundown of how travelers define “luxury” these days.

Today’s characteristics of luxury travel are divided into personalization, authenticity, unique experiences, and 5-star service.
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Sky Bird Wins Gold at 2018 Travvy Awards

Best Airline Consolidator

At Sky Bird, we are always striving for excellence, whether it’s getting the lowest net fares to our clients or growing our relationships with airlines. Last year at the 2017 Travvy Awards, we were pleased to take home gold for Best Airline Consolidator. It was an incredible honor to know that travel agents and industry professionals trust us enough to vote us into first place.

We are excited to win Best Airline Consolidator for the second year in a row! Photo: https://www.facebook.com/travelpulse/posts/10156069631028188

In 2018, we were deeply humbled to be nominated a third time. The Travvy Awards hosts and nominees gathered once again to celebrate excellence in the travel industry. We are pleased to report that Sky Bird Travel & Tours took home gold for the second consecutive year!

Our CEO, Akshay Shah, proudly holding the 1st Place award. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/travelpulse/posts/10156069631028188

Thank you!

This award is a reflection of our dedication as well as the excellent partnerships we have with airlines, without whom we could not provide the incredible fares we’re known for. We are exceedingly grateful to everyone who cast their vote in our favor. And of course a big thank you to travAlliancemedia for hosting the Travvys!

You can find the full list of award outcomes here:

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/features/2017-travvy-awards-full-list-of-winners-from-the-academy-awards-of-travel.html

New Travel Regulations: Large Electronics Banned on Flights

UPDATE: As of July 2017, this ban is no longer in effect. 

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered that travelers departing for the United States from 10 different Middle Eastern airports will not be able to have electronic devices other than cell phones in their carry-ons. Citing elevated intelligence, this ban begins Saturday, March 25, 2017, and will continue indefinitely.

The UK is also taking similar measures. While their ban includes six airports of origin, the number of air carriers has increased.

While the news is disheartening, passengers may have to find alternative means of entertainment. We have compiled a list of book recommendations for when you want an alternative to the in-flight entertainment.
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Sky Bird Wins Gold at 2017 Travvy Awards

At Sky Bird, we are always striving for excellence, whether it’s getting the lowest fares to our clients or growing our relationships with airlines. We always set our sights on being the best, and this year you, the travel agent, recognized and voted us #1. For that, we are profoundly grateful.

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