Take a look at how we might be planning business trips in the very near future. The video below plans some ground-based activities of a leisure trip, but you’ll quickly see how this tool could be used in a business setting. What are the implications for travel procurement? Watch the video, then see my first thoughts at the end of this post.
Those clever chaps at Google and the travel experts at Lonely Planet have teamed up to create Trippy. It’s a combination of Google’s Wave messaging platform, Google Maps and Lonely Planet profiles and reviews. Take a look:
It looks like a cool way to plan the ground-based part of a trip. Here’s a few ways this tool could integrate with travel procurement:
- Use it to preference hotels in the area
- Make it easier to coordinate preferred ground transportation among travelers
- Help folks find nearby video conferencing facilities (demand management)
Just add an airline and hotel search widget in here, and you’re looking at a whole new way to plan business trips. Planning doesn’t generate much revenue for these guys, but bookings would. It seems to me that’s a logical extension of this tool. What do you think?