Luxury Institute News

May 21, 2012

Travel apps for smartphones and tablets explode, but how to find good ones?

By Andrea Sachs
Washington Post
May 18, 2012

These days, it’s easier to name the companies that don’t have a travel app than the ones that do. But press us, and we can’t really think of any.

Industry players large (United Airlines, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, England) and small (beach locator, taxi finder, Slovakian ski resorts) are flooding our smartphones and tablets with vacation-related apps. The fingernail-size accessory touches on every component of travel: planning, booking, exploring, idling, photographing, filming, socializing and sharing. An app can map a route, track a flight, convert foreign currencies, edit holiday videos and even tell a German bartender, “Bitte, noch ein Bier.”

Farewell, PC. Hope you enjoy your new life on the basement Ping-Pong table.

“Mobile is a transformational platform,” said Norm Rose, senior technology analyst at PhoCusWright, a travel market research firm. “It’s an essential tool for the traveler.”

Click the link to read the entire article which includes quotes from Milton Pedraza, CEO of Luxury Institute: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/travel-apps-for-smartphones-and-tablets-explode-but-how-to-find-good-ones/2012/05/17/gIQARnsyYU_story.html

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