martes, 5 de mayo de 2015

Future Traveller in 2030

Three landscapes, Six tribes of passengers, 1800 millions of International Travellers.

Passenger forecast is 1800 milions of international travellers in year 2030, according data from UNTWO, Worl Tourism Organization.

The objectiv of report is attempts to orientate companies in the adoption of measures for decision-making and strategies, designing market products, services and infrastructures.

Research by Amadeus IT Group and Future Foundation on travel trends, determided by the intensive use of technology (5G) , the social , cultural, comfort in management of displacements,  shortening time in all process (businnes traveller)  and the luxury, is focused on consumers, their behaviours and spending habits.

Alex Fernández,  travel consultant.

1) The Demographic and Economic Landscape 

Changing populations. The next decades will see dramatic population growth in certain emerging nations. Even a slight increase in the proportion of 2030’s new mega-populations going abroad will have a dramatic impact on the number of people in the global travel system.

Rebalancing of global power. Strong fundamentals in emerging markets, combined with slowing growth and low fertility rates in developed economies mean that the maps of economic power, political influence, consumer spending, airline travel flows, cultural “hotpots”... will be redrawn.

Ageing societies. A growing proportion of populations in the upper age brackets will be a feature of many advanced economies. This will put pressure on states, but also dislodge established stages of life, driving demand for more age-inclusive communications and devaluing age-based expectations for consumer behaviour.

Interculturalism. Future generations of immigrants and travellers will self-identify more fluidly, and will not have fixed ideas about the characteristics which define this or that national, ethnic or religious group.

2) The Consumer Landscapes: 

- Simplicity Searchers: Value above everything else ease and transparency in their travel
planning and holidaymaking, and are willing to outsource their decision-making to
trusted parties to avoid having to go through extensive research themselves.

- Cultural Purists: Use their travel as an opportunity to immerse themselves in an unfamiliar culture, looking to break themselves entirely from their home lives and engage sincerely with a different way of living.

- Social Capital Seekers: Understand that to be well-travelled is an enviable personal quality, and their choices are shaped by their desire to take maximal social reward from their travel. They will exploit the potential of digital media to enrich and inform their experiences, and structure their adventures always keeping in mind they’re being watched by online audiences.

- Reward Hunters: Seek a return on the investment they make in their busy, highachieving lives. Linked in part to the growing trend of wellness, including both physical and mental self-improvement they seek truly extraordinary, and often indulgent or luxurious ‘must have’ experiences.

- Obligation Meeters:  Have their travel choices restricted by the need to meet some bounded objective. Business travellers are the most significant micro-group of many that fall within this camp. Though they will arrange or improvise other activity around this purpose, their core needs and behaviours are mainly shaped by their need to be in a certain place, at a certain time, without fail

- Ethical Travellers: Allow their conscience, in some shape or form, to be their guide when organising and undertaking their travel. They may make concessions to environmental concerns, let their political ideals shape their choices, or have a heightened awareness of the ways in which their tourism spend contributes to economies and markets.

3) The Technological Landscape: 

- Connectivity, everywhere. Only the world’s destitute will be unconnected in 2030, and for many of us the new normal will be 5G – with scale factors faster than anything we know today.

- Polymath devices. Whatever form they take, the new generation of powerful consumer devices will mould themselves to any purpose. More radically, devices not significantly more advanced than those at today’s leading edge will become affordable and accessible to billions, amplifying the amount of data open to commercial use and propelling new efficiencies.

- Computers learn human. Many roles once filled by human workers will be staffed by search algorithms, robotic bellhops, cashless payment systems, virtual customer service avatars and Cfluid biometric processing systems.

- Bodies of research. Future sensing technologies will get touchy-feely, as biometric facilities are built into airport security, payments and tracking systems. Implications for personalisation abound.

-Remote control. Virtual Reality will be persuasive, and though it will not substitute straightforwardly for “the real thing” when it comes to travel, travel brands are invited to curate bounded virtual environments, “previews” which help consumers to understand their options and hedge against the risk of disappointment.

Sources and Docummentation

The Future Traveller in 2030: The future traveller in 2030 Link Report - PDF
Amadeus IT Group:  Amadeus IT Group Blog
Future Foundation: The Future Foundation Consultants
UNWTO: World Tourism Organization

jueves, 12 de marzo de 2015

How to be a responsible tourist with the environment?

There is not discussion about world wide tourism growth. Number of passegers increases every year.

The governments and the tourism industry should provide adequate mechanisms for maintaining ecological balance, but travelers are required to acquire a proactive attitude with the environment.

I am a passenger, what can I do to minimize impacts where I travel?

#1 RRR principles: Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

  • Limit energy use: This includes your use of air-conditioning and hot water. Turn off all lights and taps when You leave hotel rooms.
  • Conserve water: Take showers rather than baths; use a refillable water container, sterilizing water rather than necessary when buying bottled water. 
  • Minimize your use of personal care products and detergents to wash linen, and reuse your towels and bed linen hotel.
  • Recycle and reduced. Recycle newspapers, magazines and your beverage containers (many can be returned for refunds), and reduces the number of bags, napkins and disposable cups You use when you eat fast food.
  • Dispose of sanitary waste properly: Do not flush cotton buds, condoms, tampons down the toilet and plastics.
United Nation, - 2014 Energy and Water report. #infographic

#2 WBR principles: Walk, Bike, ride.

Choose environmentally friendly transport. 
Rather than hiring a car, choose other ways to get around like taxis, trains or buses. In many places you can rent bikes also. 
And do not forget your feet!.

#3 Travel with a local and travel like a local. Don´t be a tourist.
Choose reputable, conservation-minded tour operators and suppliers. 
Ecotravel & Ecotours Directory
Responsible Travel Destinations

#4 Respect the environment locally: 
Do not buy souvenirs made ​​from animal parts or take any live animal home with you as a keepsake.
Stay on trails and public footpaths; do not remove plants or feed animals; and never litter. 
Ask your Tour Operator or inquire at the centers before visiting if they have conservation projets and / or active educational programs, this being what responsible organizations offer.

Responsible Tourism with Animals - Directory. 112 Countries

#5 Recreation: Avoid damaging recreational activities. Avoid which sports have any available significant harmful impact on the environment, or choose more progressive establishments (ex. golf courses which recycle water).

#6 Delivering small donations to local NGOs: Tries to contribute small donations to local organizations.

Many destinations allow you to be part of sustentainability or solidary projects.
For  travel donations:  Create Charity Profile in GlobeDrop.

Travelers - How to Use GlobeDrop from Charlie on Vimeo.

Enjoy a responsible travel!

Àlex Fernández García 

Plos Biology
Environment Resources - Green Directory
US Environment Protection Agency - Eco Atlas
Globedrop ORG - Travel donations around the world
International Ecotourism Society
Responsible Travel - Travel with a local
United Nations
World  Wildlife Found WWF
Responsible Tourism Responsible Tourism with Animals - Directory. 112 countries

viernes, 27 de febrero de 2015

What will cost to travel for business in 2015 ? - The Global Travel Price Outlook. Infographic report.

 2015 Global Travel Price Outlook - GBTA & C. Wagon Lit Infographic report

"Upward pressure on rates in high-demand travel markets"

The report found that demand from emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil (key players in the growing BRIC segment) and improved economic growth in advanced economies, combined with limited advances in travel supply, will result in an upward pressure on rates, particularly in high-demand travel markets.

Splitting by category: Air;  hotel;  ground;  and meetings & events, making for easy comparison across regions. 

International Meetings Review:
The Global Business Travel Association:

sábado, 19 de julio de 2014

Aeroruta L980 -De Amsterdam a Kuala Lumpur, vuelo sin destino.

   Son los países los que tienen la potestad de abrir o cerrar su espacio aéreo.

   Es una decisión soberana en la que nadie, salvo los propios gobiernos, puede inmiscuirse, sí presionar.

   Los organismos internacionales deberán tramitar, o no, los planes de vuelo de las aerolíneas en función a esa voluntad estatal de apertura aérea.

   El nivel de vuelo 330 es el que las entidades competentes consideran óptimo (10.000 m/h) para casos en los que un avión navegue con la suficiente seguridad en caso de guerra ya que a esa altura es imposible una colisión  con los misiles de corto alcance, los más habituales en disturbios graves.

   La Organización de Aviación Civil Internacional (OACI) y la Asociación Internacional de Transporte Aéreo (IATA) están vinculadas al ejercicio de la industria aérea en todos sus aspectos, en base a convenios y tratados internacionales.

      Si un país mantiene su espacio aéreo abierto sufriendo un conflicto bélico o escalada armada, deberá asumir siempre cualquiera de las consecuencias, por dramáticas que sean, en caso de acciones militares o de otra índole que pongan en más que serio peligro la vida de las personas y la integridad de una aeronave volando en estándares homologados.

   "Si la aeroruta está abierta, asumes que el estado la da por segura. Si está cerrada, buscas alternativas" -IATA

jueves, 17 de julio de 2014

Afganistan - De Kabul a Nangarhar, un paseo entre militares y talibanes en la zona más peligrosa del mundo.

Guil Bahaadar llega en un vuelo de Turkish Airlines a Afganistan, después de tres años sin ver a su familia, gentes humildes de un montañoso pueblo de economía  agropecuaria, ricos cultivos y casas de adobe.

Los rebaños se diseminan desde Kabul hacia las cumbres de Nangarhar y el calor es sofocante, imposible respirar salvo que hayas vivido mucho tiempo en la zona.

Nangarhar pertenece a la misma provincia que le da nombre y fue uno de los reductos donde se cree tuvo su refugio Bin Laden, en un país con una tasa de mortandad cercana a los cincuenta años, de extrema pobreza.

El 60% del cultivo mundial de adormidera tiene lugar en estos paisajes que limitan con Pakistan.

"Los talibanes ya se fueron".

La aparente normalidad se ve truncada por diferentes puestos fronterizos de los ejércitos extranjeros en "misiones internacionales"  pero también, por algunos  grupos armados de talibanes que detienen a  los vehículos que transitan.

Caras silenciosas, rostros enjutos, silencio sepulcral en cada control.

Yo le pregunto a Guil, "cómo te identificas ante la presencia talibán".

Muy resuelto me contesta: "ya saben quién soy".

Estupefacto me explica que diciendo la población en la que vive y el apellido de su familia, los controles de talibanes le estrechan la mano, le dan la bienvenida e incluso le comentan que todos los suyos se encuentran bien.

Muy buenas noticias para Guil ya que Nangarhar podría ser clasificada como uno de los focos más activos en estallidos y brotes de violencia.

El vehículo serpentea por carreteras imposibles, excavadas en la roca y flaqueadas por impresionantes precipicios hasta llegar a su destino, donde le esperan todos los suyos con expectación.

Ante esta realidad, uno se plantea si las fronteras son tan líquidas como creemos y que aún coexisten culturas ancestrales que se basan en otros parámetros identificativos, quizás más humanos, pese a la intransigencia de sus posiciones, del todo integristas y totalmente reprobables.

domingo, 27 de abril de 2014

Spain Rail Pass - Another spanish travel experience for international passengers.

If you travel to Spain, you could visit their cities and culture buying Spain Rail Pass. 
Sale exclusively for international passengers. Passport is required to purchase. 
Could You choose two categories: Club or Economy.
Passes are available with 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 routes. 
Changes are not permitted after 24 hours of purchase.
Refunds are not permitted after  first trip performing.

Spain Timelapses Series from TURESPAÑA on Vimeo.

Reminding: rail pass has a shelf life of six months 
from the purchase and when you start the first route, need to complete all way in a month. 

Please, for further information, contact RENFE (Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles - National Network of Spanish Trains)

Customer service telephone: 00 34 902 320 320  
Online shelling telephone: 00 34 902 109 420