The Los Angeles Times invites you to an afternoon filled with information on travel safety, cool and close-to-home destinations and capturing those vacation memories. Travel editor Catharine Hamm will be joined Sunday afternoon by retired LAPD Det. Kevin Coffey to talk about travel safety (they're pictured above). You'll hear Coffey tell her that ignoring his travel advice could have cost her dearly. Find out why on Sunday.
After several years of surging demand for travel in the U.S., overall travel volume grew more slowly in September when a large swath of the country was battered by two massive hurricanes. Travel volume within and to the U.S. increased 1.4% in September compared with the same month last year, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation's travel industry. By comparison, travel grew by 3.6% in August. The report said travel volume was affected in August and September by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which struck Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Industry experts have attributed the growth to a healthy economy, strong consumer confidence and a surge in international travel to the country, primarily from Asia and South America.
The travel industry is no stranger to data. Every airline reservation, every hotel stay, every rental car reservation creates data. This has added up to hundreds of terabytes of structured transaction data. But now travelers are making trip arrangements online, posting ratings, reviews, blogs and the like on social networks resulting in more but highly fragmented data. According to an IDC study, the world used over 2.8 trillion gigabytes of data in 2012.
Providers offer divergent, often conflicting, technology to travelers, leaving them overwhelmed and confused. Travel providers are now coalescing around a few common solutions, but this isn't nearly enough to remake the market. Travelers remain frustrated and companies don't derive the profits they could be seeing. The market continues to exist in this fragmented manner because companies adopt defensive postures, rely on incremental thinking, and deploy divergent strategies. Added to this is the disconnect between the aspects of the travel journey customers most enjoy and those from which companies derive the most profits.