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Flatshares, roommates, house shares and rooms to rent. Triposo. Road Trip - Discover Your America with Roadtrippers. Book Amazing Activities, Tours, and more. Hotel WiFi Test: Find Hotels with Fast WiFi. Triptease. Why do people abandon online travel bookings? According to a recent survey, 81% of people abandon online travel bookings, with 'just looking' the biggest reason for this. 53% abandon when they see the full price, though 87% said they would consider returning to the booking.

Why do people abandon online travel bookings?

So what, if anything, can travel websites do about this? Why do people abandon? SaleCycle used a mixture of abandonment data from its clients in 2014 and a survey of 1,000 consumers asking why they abandoned travel purchases. These were the reasons given for abandoning purchases: 39% were just looking and had more research to do. 37% abandoned due to high prices and wanted to compare prices elsewhere. 21% needed to check with other travellers before booking. 13% felt the booking process was too long or the checkout too complicated. 9% experienced technical issues. 7% had issues with payments or the option they wanted was unavailable. For some of these reasons, there is relatively little that online travel sites can do to reduce abandonment. Why do people abandon online travel bookings? A World of Belonging on Airbnb. The Apprentice UK Series 9 Episode 6. Booking.com best in the UK travel sector for mobile experience - EPiServer.

London, UK – 19 November 2014 New EPiServer study reveals Booking.com provides the best mobile retail experience in the UK travel sector Booking.com offers the best mobile experience within the online UK travel sector, closely followed by Expedia, according to a new travel benchmark report published today by EPiServer.

Booking.com best in the UK travel sector for mobile experience - EPiServer

The study of the UK’s most popular travel sites* reveals that the sector is embracing mobile, offering mobile sites alongside multiple smartphone and tablet apps. However companies are failing to unify their approach and deliver consistent high quality cross-channel customer experiences. The EPiServer UK Travel Benchmark Report examines the mobile experiences that are being delivered by the UK’s ten most popular travel sites, scoring them on 25 ranking factors across iPhone, iPad and Android apps (both tablet and smartphone) and mobile websites.

Lastminute.com.au's Secret Hotels App. AUSTRALIA’S lastminute.com.au has just released their first iPhone app, bringing to the mobile market their popular Secret Hotels® product in an enhanced format.

lastminute.com.au's Secret Hotels App

The concept is pretty simple: your access to 5 star hotel stays in selected cities across Australia at 3 star prices… or, put another, no-less-tantalising way, a chance to save up to 40% on last minute accommodation. The catch – you don’t know the name or exact location of your hotel until after the transaction is done, and your card has been charged. Download Secret Hotels® Here’s how it works… Secret Hotels® the desktop way For the last few years lastminute.com.au have offered, with great success, their Secret Hotels® product as an option on hotel searches within Australia.

Starwood Hotels begins rollout of iPhone/Apple Watch virtual room keys, Hilton to follow (Video) Starwood Hotels has officially launched its SPG Keyless service, allowing guests to use their iPhone (and, in the Spring, Apple Watch) to unlock their hotel doors, bypassing the front desk.

Starwood Hotels begins rollout of iPhone/Apple Watch virtual room keys, Hilton to follow (Video)

The boutique hotel group first announced the project back in January. 1. After booking a reservation at a keyless hotel, SPG members are invited to opt-in to SPG Keyless and register their phone through the SPG App.2. Approximately 24 hours before arrival, the guest receives his/her room number and Bluetooth key via the app.3. Nine user experience lessons travel sites can learn from Airbnb.

Airbnb's business model has certainly been 'disruptive' for the hotel industry, but a major factor in its success is the user experience.

Nine user experience lessons travel sites can learn from Airbnb

While some travel brands have yet to fully adapt to the web, Airbnb offers an excellent user experience backed up by great visual design. I've picked out several lessons that other travel brands, and indeed any online business can learn from Airbnb... Visual appeal First of all, the site looks great. First impressions matter, and new visitors to the site see a homepage with great photography and simple, clear design.

The use of images can inspire users, while the simplicity of the design tells them that this site will be easy to use. Focus on search box There's no clutter here, and little to distract the user from the end goal of finding a hotel. Improving travel websites accessibility: infographic. The future of travel: what will holidays look like in 2024? What does the future hold for travel?

The future of travel: what will holidays look like in 2024?

Check-in by robot? Budget space flights? Virtual holidays? Flight comparison site Skyscanner is offering a glimpse of what the 2024 holiday experience could be like with its Future of Travel report. We’ve digested the findings and come up with a few ideas that we think would benefit the world of travel. Hotel room of the future They say: Within 10 years travellers will “have no need to encounter a single human being” from the moment they check in. We say: Thanks shower, but we’re doing just fine when it comes to washing ourselves. In a nutshell: Computer says: “You’re dirty.” Space travel They say: For the ultimate in “serious traveller bragging rights”, how about a brief time spent floating weightlessly in low Earth orbit? In a nutshell: Get saving. Underwater experiences They say: Sub-aquatic hotels will be a “far more mainstream proposition” by 2024 and underwater tourism will certainly trump space travel. In a nutshell: Don’t hold your breath.

Improving travel websites accessibility: infographic.