It's always interesting to see the focus from a US mindset, as modes of travel and accommodation regularly used for business and leisure by non US travellers, and that we take for granted as options; like hostels, self cater/ self contained apartments, and holiday and caravan parks, will suddenly become the "next big thing" to target for the likes of distribution channels like AirBnB.
But then, we also need to remember that less than 50% of US citizens hold current passports (http://www.theexpeditioner.com/2010/02/17/how-many-americans-have-a-passport-2/), with the biggest jump in numbers coming in 2007 when rules changed (http://roadwarriorvoices.com/2015/02/21/this-infographic-shows-the-percentage-of-americans-with-passports-is-up-35/), and USians travelling to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda, which previously didn't need a passport, were now required to to do so to get back into the USA (see: http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/05/record-number-americans-now-have-passports-266347.html).
As more than half of all trips by US citizens are to Mexico and Canada, the numbers actually experiencing travel beyond these borders, is somewhat lower (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-d-chalmers/the-great-american-passpo_b_1920287.html).
So there's a disproportionate influence of the US market view, in both the physical and digital realms, and of US market orientated providers suddenly "discovering" what the rest of us have been doing for years, if not decades, which then creates the inevitable ripples into international markets, when you consider how avidly the rest of us pack our bags and pull up stumps to see the world.
Takeaway: From an operator/destination point of view, take a look at everything you take for granted as a standard feature or offering (habit) in your market, and see if you can use it as a point of difference to the US market, or even your own for that matter.
For travel and tourism products, apps and service providers who aren't "Made in the USA", why don't you give us a wave?
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Oh, you don't want to do that? Hmmmm.
Well, like you keep insisting on telling us about increasingly intrusive "anti-terrorism" legislation; if you've got nothing to hide, then you've got nothing to fear, right?
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Just wondering how I can use this to go beyond the basic "Related categories" and "See also" links on our local web site.
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Oh wow, ain't technology grand?
I've seen previous articles about this technology, and had reservations, but this item has really made me uneasy.
I'm sorry, but tracking me through an airport using facial recognition, and iBeacons homing in on my smartphone, just to serve up more targeted adverts to me when I haven't given you permission to do so yet, is just CREEPY and STALKING.
Where next? Scenes like the (funny) shopping mall scene from the movie "Minority Report"?
Why aren't the same sort of rules being applied to these uses, as laws we have for email spam?
(Note to self. Avoid Copenhagen and Miami airports.)
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Occasionally leave the house to go power walking or birdwatching, attend tourism/internet networking events, seminars and workshops, visit customers and go shopping.
Less often take a short break or longer holiday.
It's a sad, sad situation .... ;-)
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