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The future of travel: how will your clients vacation in 2024?

Skyscanner releases a study on the future of travel


The flight comparator Skyscanner recently released a report on what travel will look like in ten years. More technological, connected, and virtual, TourMaG.com takes you in Paul’s footsteps, the traveler from the future.



When he arrives at the airport, a hologram hostess directs him rapidly to the check-in counters. Screen Shot
When he arrives at the airport, a hologram hostess directs him rapidly to the check-in counters. Screen Shot
Today is October 7th, 2024*

Paul, a young thirty year old Parisian, is thinking about his next vacation. He consults his personal virtual assistant to get some ideas.

He already noticed that Paul is pale and tired. He needs sun, since his last tropical vacation was already 6 months ago.

He suggests that he go to Mauritius, a destination that he doesn’t know yet but that many friends have recommended he visit.

Paul hesitates between Bhutan or even Angola and Botswana, particularly trending destinations since the summer 2023 season.

To convince him, his personal assistant sprays a smooth perfume of sea breeze and invites him to touch the screen to feel the warm sand between his fingers.

An airport filled with technological innovations!

The decision has been made: Paul buys his flights to Mauritius.

Once he arrives at the airport, he is guided by a hologram hostess who rapidly directs him to the check-in counters.

No need to wait line, Paul already had his travel document on a digital label, available without contact (a project that British Airways is currently working on.)

We are now finished with the never-ending lines at the security checkpoint thanks to a new facial recognition technology.

His luggage, immediately scanned with a molecular laser will avoid the intrusive searches by customs officers.

His airport’s terminal will have become a miniature city where passengers can stroll to admire art work (like the Clock Tower in Los Angeles for instance.)

Early for his flight, Paul hesitates between a yoga class, a swim in the pool on the roof or a nap in a sound-proof capsule.

He succumbs to the temptation of shopping and looks at a leather jacket that he spots in a store window.

By touching the screen, he can feel the jacket’s texture. A simple order through voice recognition enables him to purchase it in his size and have it delivered to his house, because he won't need it in Mauritius!

Highly connected hotels

Once onboard the aircraft, Paul gets settled in a seat that adapts perfectly to his large frame.

A white sound machine isolates him from outside noises, yet without disconnecting his 5G internet connection.

The hotel he reserved on the island is also highly connected.

A tablet allows him to control the lighting, TV, temperature and reserve his Spa (a tool already working at the Peninsula in Hong Kong.)

A shower spills vitamines to give him strength after his trip, and his smart pyjama analyses his nutritional needs to then advise him on the ideal dinner. He rests for a while on the bed, of which he chose the bedding color, and enjoys his massaging pillow.

After his nap, he goes out to explore his surroundings, without forgetting his contact lenses that serve as a tourist guide and map. An integrated translator also helps him to communicate with the locals.

Strolling on the coastline, he passes a boarding bridge that leads to an underwater hotel (that already exists in Dubaï

Because in 2024, the mere earth is too familiar for travelers who are now looking for new sensations in the abysses of the ocean.

But for Paul, it’s already time to go back home.

On his return flight, he’s already dreaming of his next trip, looks to the far horizon and ponders on the immensity of space.

In fact, he just read an article about the opening of a resort on the moon.

Which could be a great alternative to the Virgin Galactic trips, that are fully booked for months.

Maybe he’ll have to resort to the helium powered air balloons, that can reach up to 30 kilometers above ground, up to the limit of the stratosphere to be closer to the stars.

*story elaborated from the white book released by Skyscanner, details can be found on the website Skyscanner2024.

A virtual visit of Paris

The production company, Visages Production, makes 3D presentation films on destinations.

A virtual visit with a helmet that enables to stroll on the banks of the Seine and around the Eiffel Tower as if it were the real deal.

An almost frustrating experience that gives us the desire to discover this sunlit landscape.

“That’s the goal” admits Bertrand Level, Production Director. “It’s a perfect way to ignite the traveler’s desire.”

He already signed with a French department that should release a virtual reality film by Friday October 10th.

He hopes to attract other tourism operators with the means of spending 10 to 20,000 euros on this type of futuristic promotional material.

Written by Laury-Anne CHOLEZ translated by Joséphine Foucher the 08/10/2014
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