TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Rethinking Travel Through Regenerative Tourism and Technology Advancement

Euromonitor International | November 09, 2020

With world arrivals forecast to be down 50% by the end of 2020, the global travel supply chain is under immense pressure. Faced with the reality of a global recession and new waves of the virus, countries are using innovation to accelerate recovery, according to global market research company Euromonitor International’s new report ‘Accelerating Travel Innovation after Coronavirus’.

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Travel technology player travelport has unveiled its list of trends that will shape travel experiences as we start the next decade. Better still, the trends have been presented as a handy infographic, which you can check out in full below:

Spotlight

Travel technology player travelport has unveiled its list of trends that will shape travel experiences as we start the next decade. Better still, the trends have been presented as a handy infographic, which you can check out in full below:

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GigNet | August 16, 2022

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Trip.com Launches Integrated Carbon Program to Promote Sustainable

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Expedia Group and Bilt Rewards Launch Exclusive Travel Portal

Expedia Group | July 01, 2022

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