The global travel industry is becoming dynamic with continuous change in traveler’s behavior and expectations. The worldwide growth of tourism and travel lies between 3-3.5% for year 2013. As more people plan to travel every year the international trips are expected to grow by 2-3%. Due to rise in economic growth in emerging markets the industry is experiencing upward trend. The travel companies are adopting newer channels to grab the opportunities which lie in emerging markets. Therefore it has become vital for the travel companies to reach out to their customer in fast and easy way this being one of the primary reasons why mobile travel apps are becoming popular in a big way. The ease of accessibility of internet on mobile has made it possible for the users to book, search and pay for flights, hotels, cars etc. through their mobiles devices. Even though mobile services are still evolving in the travel industry continuously, it is clear that travellers are beginning to expect, demand and adopt them with 16% of travellers surveyed currently using smartphones to book trips. The travel marketers today see this opportunity with mobiles such as online deals and booking services for travelers, airline check-ins, payments through mobiles, hotel reservations to fill rooms in last minute inventory. Before we go discuss about the popular travel apps which has made the travel simpler we need to get people understanding the basic features of the travel apps. It is for those who are still not using the travel app on mobiles so far
Mobile App Features–
- Available on multiple mobile operating platforms
Most of the travel apps are available on multiple operating platforms such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows. More the platforms better the reach.
- Fast booking process
This is an important characteristic of mobile application to be available anywhere. They get the access of flights, hotels etc. on real time basis making the booking process fast and easy for users. Users get the numerous options and relevant content round the clock.
- Connectivity with the booking engines centrally
The platform is connected to the central booking engine which fetches travel content and from there it is passed on to the mobile interface. The users can easily search, book and even pay online for with ease.
- Collaborative user interface
The marketers can create individualized content based on personalized context on their mobile travel apps. The mobile interface is very user friendly and has rich content. Some of these apps also come with the feature of sharing the content on social networks.
- Encrypted data communication:
To ensure the security of information on the network the data is transferred in encrypted form. The data on the server must also be secured as some Apps sync data with online, web-based applications, therefore threat of someone accessing your personal information are minimized.
The travel market today is flooded with travel apps which help users search A to Z in travel on mobile phones. Following are the top picks for the most popular travel apps:
Popular Travel apps that will take less time to give you the best option–
Kayak: Booking for flights, hotels etc. would have never been so easy if you did not know about Kayak. User friendly interface makes it one of the most popular travel apps online. It is available on iOS, Android and Windows for free.
TripIt: With tripIt the travellers need not worry that’s because everything from planning for holiday till reaching the destination can be done at your fingertips. TripIt is the only travel app which is pro at handling and solving all the travel problems of the travellers on mobiles.
TripAdviser: The app is available for free on multiple platforms. It comes with unique feature where the users can access the offline information about major cities across the world thus saving your money. It also has feature of near me now where you can get the guide on the options available nearby.
Expedia: The largest online travel company also devised the mobile travel app for booking hotels and flights anywhere. The users get to view their travel itineraries in real time. The unique feature is they also provide the reward points on bookings through mobiles.
Flight Tracker: The app comes is free to use. It comes with functionalities like search for flights by name or number, status of flights, terminal information, any delays or cancellations and tracking of charter aircraft.
XE currency: It is most likely that travellers would need to exchange currency at some point of time while travelling that’s when XE currency comes handy. It is available on multiple platforms iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows. It provides the users with the information on live exchange rates for multiple currencies across the globe.
Air Bnb: If you are looking for exceptional accommodation around the world then Air Bnb is answer to your search. It has features like last minute accommodation finder, tracking of arrivals and departures on the go.
Cruise Finder: The most recognized app for finding the perfect cruise line for travellers. The app provides the information on 32 cruise lines around the world. It comes with quick search tool and providing numerous itineraries with complete route map. This all comes for free then this deal is worth it
So final advice for all travellers out there pack your bags and enjoy your hassle free trips