Top Travel Innovations of the Last Decade?

Look around the travel industry, and you’ll see that several of the major Travel 2.0 players got their start in the 1990’s.

Concur,  Expedia, GetThere, ITA Software, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity come quickly to mind.

But what about this last decade – the 2000s?  What type of travel-oriented innovation has impressed you? It could be related to leisure or business travel, travel management or travel procurement.

Can’t come up with anything in particular?  Please say so – and let me know where you think there are problems in need of solutions.

I’ll speak on travel innovation at the Open Travel Forum later this month in Seattle, and will share that presentation here.  Meanwhile, thanks for chipping in your two cents!

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9 Responses to Top Travel Innovations of the Last Decade?

  1. Will says:

    The iPhone… In particular, iPhone applications. There are so many applications that make travel easier from booking to navigating subways to travel health care. I am the marketing director for Medjet, a medical evacuation membership program for travelers, and we created a free first aid and medical information storage iPhone app for travel called iMedjet last year. It was created as a branding tool but its a perfect example of how the iPhone and other application driven smartphones have made travel much easier.

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  4. Penny says:

    So many travel sites look like ‘ a dog’s breakfast’! Most are directories with info all over the place and things ‘flashing’ at you from every direction.

    We launched a new site at the end of last year for New Zealand travel planning http://www.eyeballnz.com with over 5000 images linked to the map – you can really plan your journey with this website as you can compare different locations – scenery, attractions, activities etc. A refreshing change to all the ‘clutter’ – we hope you find it innovative too. Happy and safe travels!

  5. عبد الله المصري says:

    Thanks for this post, it’s useful for me
    but about travelling to south america, it’s also great ;)
    __________________
    Latino Guy
    Latino Portal

  6. vacationhousedestinations says:

    I think a big innovation in travel is a new way to rent accomodations – it’s not just about hotels anymore. There are a lot of great deals out there to rent private vacation homes and I think there is a shift in the way people think about accomodations to think outside of the “hotel box”, and rent a condo or a house in the destination someone is traveling to.

    Nikolett
    http://www.vacationhousedestinations.com

  7. SureRentals says:

    surerentals.com and realadventures.com have opened up my eyes to great vacation ideas that I would never know about just by browsing a tour guide book.

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