British Airways is the first airline to trial fully autonomous, electric mobility vehicles at an airport in North America. The vehicles allow passengers who typically require additional assistance to navigate airport terminals freely and independently and take the place of a traditional pushed wheelchair. The trial comes as British Airways expects the number of passengers in need of such amenities to increase by 10 percent by 2021.
The vehicles are exclusively trialed at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The vehicles feature anti-collision technology and navigate their way through the terminal after receiving destination information from the passenger. Vehicles take travelers from check-in directly to their boarding gate. Once there, the empty vehicles return to their docking stations.
“Our customers tell us they would like greater independence and control over their journey through the airport, so we were keen to trial autonomous devices and see our customers response to the very latest mobility technology in a real airport environment,” said Ricardo Vidal, head of innovation, British Airways. “Over the next few months we will be collaborating on a further trial at our busy home hub at Heathrow Terminal 5 to gather more feedback and explore the introduction of this technology alongside our team of customer service professionals to provide a truly seamless and accessible airport experience. I’m excited about the future of inclusive innovation to support the accelerating demand for accessible air travel.”
Marketing research company MMGY Travel Intelligence and nonprofit organization Destinations International Foundation recently released findings of a survey regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on North American destination organizations. The survey was conducted in two parts: March 4–8 and March 16–22. Employees of city, region and state destination organizations in North America completed the survey.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
While we all love a good night in, entertainment and activities run low after a few weeks. No worries, subscription services can still deliver the fun, no matter rain, sleet, snow or social distancing. Join the “tribe” of like-minded homebodies with a Night In Box subscription.
Earlier this week, TripScout, a travel entertainment platform for the traveler that dreams every day about their next trip, announced it surveyed 3,000 app users to understand the perceptions and expectations of travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey will then assist the industry in making informed strategic decisions as the virus continues to impact the world.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
James Beard Foundation Offers Suggestions on How to Help the Restaurant Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis
As all of us know, the travel industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, we’re not the only industry feeling the devastating effects of the virus — the restaurant industry is also suffering, with upwards of 7 million people laid off and chefs and restaurant owners pivoting dine-in restaurants to handle take-out and delivery or completely closing doors to wait out the spread.
In times of crisis, innovative companies step up, adapt and find ways to assist and contribute to those in need.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The hotel industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.