Travel


New Google Tools Will Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

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Research has shown that simply planning a vacation may be enough to make you happier. But when you're trying to travel on a budget, figuring out logistics can be stressful. A trio of new tools from Google is meant to ease some of that anxiety. First, the search engine's updated Flights tool -- through which users can search for and book air travel -- now tells travelers when airfare is higher or lower than usual, as well as when prices have sunk as low as they're expected to go, according to Engadget. The tool's insights aren't guaranteed to be correct, but it uses machine learning and statistical analysis to make predictions a bit more precise than those of the average vacationer.


How to buy airfare and book hotel rooms for the best deal

FOX News

Google on Thursday announced new flight, hotel, and trip planning features that could save travelers money, from offering tips on whether an airfare will go up or down to showing dates when hotels will be cheaper. On Google Flights, users can now get advice -- provided through machine learning and historical airfare data -- on when to buy, like "prices are less than normal" (so maybe you should buy) and "prices won't drop further" (again, so maybe you should buy). Similar advice will be available in hotel searches: Google will now show if room rates on certain dates are unusually high -- and even help travelers understand why, whether it's a holiday, festival, or conference. While that advice won't help much if you absolutely must visit at a certain time (or if you're going for that holiday, festival, or conference), it could save flexible travelers lots of money. Both flight price tips and hotel tips are available globally on desktop and on mobile.


AI and big data converge to improve your airport customer experience

ZDNet

Did you know airports are just as worried about competing for your business as everyone else? Next time you walk through an airport terminal, think about all the systems and processes swirling around you, or could potentially swirl around you, intended to improve your experience there. If you were the CIO or IT director of the facility, what would be the focus of your efforts? Imagine all the tech possibilities with Chicago O'Hare. The airport customer experience happens at two levels - either delivered by the airline or by the airport itself.


How Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies Will Transform The Travel Industry

International Business Times

As Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri battle for dominance in hotel rooms, we are entering a new era of efficient communication and collaboration in travel. However, the most significant opportunities to transform the travel industry are around the widespread adoption of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. As the digital transformation gathers pace, it's clear that the travel industry is ripe for disruption. Upon entering an airport, we are immediately greeted with legacy friction points. Long check-in lines, passport control and a lack of communication are just the beginning of a series of frustrations that occur before boarding a flight.


Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputers to Help Alleviate Urban Traffic Problems

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Look above the traffic light at a busy intersection in your city and you will probably see a camera. These devices may have been installed to monitor traffic conditions and provide visuals in the case of a collision. But can they do more? Can they help planners optimize traffic flow or identify sites that are most likely to have accidents? And can they do so without requiring individuals to slog through hours of footage?


Can Chatbots Really Enhance the Holiday Travel Experience?

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Chatbots have begun to shape almost every area of our lives. From menial tasks like providing weather forecasts to helping us make important financial decisions, and even replicating yourself, there seems to be no limit to what chatbots can help us do. One area that has seen a particularly noteworthy explosion of bots is the travel industry. From Expedia's Facebook Messenger hotel search chatbot, CheapFlights' big personality flight and hotel bot, to Carla, the personal travel assistant who can help you pack for your trip, travel and hospitality companies are investing a lot of resources into creating chatbots to assist us along our journeys. According to Generali Global Assistance, nearly 100 Million Americans (or 40%) will travel this holiday season.


Artificial intelligence and supercomputers to help alleviate urban traffic problems

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Look above the traffic light at a busy intersection in your city and you will probably see a camera. These devices may have been installed to monitor traffic conditions and provide visuals in the case of a collision. But can they do more? Can they help planners optimize traffic flow or identify sites that are most likely to have accidents? And can they do so without requiring individuals to slog through hours of footage?


How machine learning is helping Virgin boost its frequent flyer business 7wData

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Companies that are able to adapt to a world where innovation is increasingly driven by machine learning, or artificial intelligence more broadly, are the ones that will come out the other end of the tunnel and thrive, according to Oliver Rees, GM of Torque Data at Virgin Australia. Rees, whose data analytics consultancy firm Torque Data was acquired by Virgin Australia in 2015, told ZDNet that one of its tasks has been "reengineering [Virgin's] analytical capability", ensuring the airline is well-prepared to embrace the opportunities that are offered by machine learning. While not new to machine learning, Virgin Australia has been seeking better methods of developing, applying, and assessing machine learning algorithms, recently turning to Massachusetts-based company DataRobot, which operates on the belief that automated machine learning will not only increase productivity for data scientists, but also open up the world of data science. Rees told ZDNet that Torque, as the data analytics arm of Virgin, has been investigating ways to improve customer experience for members of Virgin's Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program. "We want people within our program to be able to redeem points for great experiences, and to do that, we want to be able to better predict when is the best time for particular people to redeem points and what should they be redeeming them against," Rees said.


Data Science and AI in the Travel Industry: 9 Real-Life Use Cases

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"The future travel brand isn't therefore just about moving people from A to B, unveiling new destinations, or organising trips. Instead it is about a thoroughly progressive, completely 360 degree view of the traveller and everything that goes into creating special, unique, memorable experiences." Did you get your tickets directly from the ticket office? In today's fast-paced world, finding time to travel to a ticket office and get your tickets is a luxury few can afford. Indeed, digital travel sales grew rapidly over the last several years, totaling $496.21 billion in 2015.


Cloudera helps Middle East brands unlock new frontiers with machine learning and analytics

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The high-powered knowledge event was held at Atlantis The Palm on 19 November 2017, and brought together the UAE's smartest data professionals to explore new applications for machine learning and artificial intelligence. The speaker roster included decision-makers from Cloudera, AXA Gulf, DU Telecom, Etihad Airways, Microsoft and Wipro. Machine learning is helping companies detect fraud, predict their customers' behaviour, analyse consumer preferences to suggest products, and offer proactive customer support. Combined with big data, machine learning algorithms are sifting through terabytes of data to predict market movements and help derive competitive advantage. "We are very pleased to be able to bring such a high-quality cohort of data professionals and people on the cutting edge of technology to the same platform with the Cloudera Sessions Dubai 2017.