Travel Weekly: Here’s what ‘Smart Cities’ will mean for travel

Travel Weekly: Here’s what ‘Smart Cities’ will mean for travel

AROUND THE WORLD, CITIES ARE BECOMING SMARTER.

Cities as unique as Singapore, San Francisco and Tel Aviv are all using advanced technologies to address complex, modern challenges of rapid population growth, traffic congestion and inadequate energy and resources, to make cities more safe, livable and sustainable.

THE UBIQUITY OF NEW SERVICES PLATFORMS AND APPLICATIONS THAT USE THE INTERNET OF THINGS, ‘MOBILITY AS A SERVICE’, VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY, AND VOICE RECOGNITION AMONG OTHERS, ARE ALSO CHANGING THE WAYS IN WHICH PEOPLE WORK AND LIVE, AND INTERACT WITH BUSINESSES AND TOURISM DESTINATIONS.

To meet increasing tourism flows and traveller demands from the Asia Pacific region – estimated to be the source of more than half of the world’s 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036 – collaboration between the Australian government, the travel industry and stakeholders is required to expand and modernise city infrastructure.

Smart tourism has become integral to the Government and local councils’ plans remain competitive and develop urban spaces into smart cities, by harnessing the power of new technology to create the travel experiences that global tourists have come to expect.

The future of travel will be driven by multi-modal journeys and data that can offer intuitive, personalised and seamless experiences. By facilitating the collection and sharing of that data, Australia’s major cities could create new and indispensable digital services.

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