E-passports, connected luggage, virtual reality… A report by consultants Colliers International takes stock of the latest technological innovations which are set to change the face of the travel industry over the coming years.

Like many sectors, the tourism industry is adapting to our increasingly digitized lives. The aim? To offer creative new solutions which help enhance the travel experience. In its report entitled Tourism & Technology Trend, the property services & consultancy firm Colliers International has endeavoured to list the next technological innovations that will transform our travel. And here are 5 of them…

  • The connected luggage tag

What can be more stressful than worrying about having your suitcase stolen or arriving at your destination… without it? Among the technological innovations set to become widespread (and already adopted by certain companies, such as KLM) is one with the potential to ease our fears: the eTag. An electronic label that is attached to the bag, it lets us know where our luggage is at any moment.

  • The biometric passport

To combat document fraud and lost papers, tomorrow’s passports will be virtual and will use cloud-based data storage (personal information, digital photos, etc.). The traveller’s identity will be verified using biometric recognition. And it will kill two birds with one stone, as there’ll be no more long queues at customs!

  • Personalised travel

Another imminent development is the enhanced understanding of passengers’ habits, courtesy of improved data storage and analysis. For instance? If you’re a regular passenger with an airline, it will know – without needing to ask – whether you require vegan meals, if you prefer a window seat, etc.

  • Spontaneous travel apps

An ever-growing number of travellers are booking their trips via smartphone or tablet. And in response to this trend, mobile apps which facilitate last-minute travel – such as UberEscape and Flyoff – are developing fast.

  • Virtual reality

Tomorrow’s tourism is also set to be heavily influenced by virtual reality. The start-up Skylight, for instance, has developed an immersive headset that plunges travellers into a movie theatre … mid-flight!