Sector: Autonomous vehicles

12 reasons why the airline, hotel, experiences & travel retail sectors should care about autonomous vehicles

November 21st, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

Last week was a big week for autonomous vehicles. Alphabet’s Waymo (Google) showed off their new vehicle for the first time at a Los Angeles launch event. To recap, this is the vehicle that they will use to operate consumer mobility, including sightseeing & airport transfers. This tech is here, this tech is scaling, but […]

Five sightseeing industry technology topics I want to hear about at the Arival conference

September 19th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

I haven’t been to a sightseeing industry conference, physically, for years. I haven’t even travelled outside of the UK for 3 years (!). So it is with some trepidation that I am off to the Arival conference in Las Vegas in October. I will be speaking (more on that below) but beyond that, I thought […]

I quit bus sightseeing

June 20th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

The project to transition bus owning sightseeing tour operators to autonomous vehicles is no more. I published my original industry transition proposal in 2018 and you can still read it. Fundamentally, since then, I have failed to convince any bus owning tour operators to the point of committed action. This article explains the mistakes I […]

Tour operators, rez tech & OTAs – what is your long-term technology challenge?

June 14th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

2022 summer, by many accounts, seems to be a blockbuster for bookings. However under the surface the question remains, can this booking volume be carried into 2023 and beyond, or is this just a 2022 post COVID phenomenon? Beyond preparing for the market to go either direction, there are longer term issues bubbling away that […]

PhocusWire: The role of autonomous vehicles within tours & activities

June 5th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

If you missed this, last week I was interviewed by PhocusWire about the role of autonomous vehicles within tours & activities. If you are a bus sightseeing operator (or retailer) this is a must listen – however there are wider topics covered, including hotel originated experiences, tour guides etc, and the new industry structure I […]

Tour operators – have you created a digital assistant strategy?

May 23rd, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

The in destination travel industry, as a whole, is not ready for the digital assistant future. This article lays out some of the challenges with designing and naming your digital assistant character, including beyond vehicles. Lets cover vehicles first: Vehicles LG with their Omnipod vehicle prominently incorporate a digital assistant into their leisure focussed autonomous […]

Tour bus operators – what is your future product strategy?

May 12th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

Tour buses have become a key part of the landscape for urban tourist experiences. When you think of sightseeing, you think of sightseeing buses. However many in the tour bus industry suggest that sightseeing tour buses have had their day (within an urban context rather than out of city buses). Tour bus insiders put it […]

Tour personalisation – how can we collectively fix distribution to better delight customers?

February 9th, 2022 by Alex Bainbridge

Personalisation, or personalization, is key consumer need that we as an industry are really poor at digitally solving. This article outlines the current state of play and proposes a new cross-industry approach, using web3 & blockchain, that we collectively can adopt. Personalisation matters to consumers For our sector, personalisation is in two parts. Some examples: […]

Metaverse, decentralisation (web3) or autonomous vehicles – what should your focus be?

November 1st, 2021 by Alex Bainbridge

It is a confusing time within tourism innovations for in destination experiences. With Facebook (Meta)’s announcement last week of their vision for their metaverse, we now have three competing technologies at play: Metaverse Facebook (Meta) isn’t the only metaverse, but it may perhaps be the best funded. Maybe easier to explain by stating the evolution: […]

Accor’s autonomous vehicle and future sightseeing ambitions

September 29th, 2021 by Alex Bainbridge

Accor today announced their autonomous vehicle concept that potentially could be reality in 5-7 years time. Accor is one of the world’s largest hotel groups, with 5,200 hotels, so this move is significant if delivered as envisaged. For this blog’s audience it is of interest due their focus on providing urban experiences & services to […]