Data has become a significant factor in streamlining consumer experiences in the booming post-pandemic tourism industry. The Economist states that data is a “resource more valuable than oil,” as virtually every online activity creates a digital trace that tourism enterprises can use to improve their products. In turn, this attracts more users, generating even more data — and the cycle goes on.
However, businesses aren’t the only ones that can benefit from this data influx; travelers can also take advantage of databases to get the best travel deals possible. Here’s how:
Learn Database Basics
TechTarget explains that databases can store data on people, places, or things. Your initial step could be to create a database that can tailor-fit your needs. MongoDB is currently an industry leader because it uses a cloud database service that features built-in automation that you can make for resource optimization. Their platforms can make information searchable and sortable, so the travel data you input can be retrieved quickly.
Travel apps like Expedia’s Scratchpad and SHARE NOW are also powered by MongoDB, enabling them to manage and keep their data up-to-date. You can use apps like these to organize travel plans from travel dates, destinations, flights, car rentals, and hotels – all while taking into account availability and prices that are constantly changing. Besides these, using already existing databases can also help you plan your journey.
Research Your Potential Destinations
Rental properties and shared houses have started integrating criminal background checks for tenants with the help of data analytics, which improves the safety of those looking for short to long-term stays. To keep track of scammers, some of today’s best resorts and casinos input information compiled from biometric facial recognition, RFID chips, or stakeholders into databases. It’s important to learn about the databases implemented by destinations, lodgings, or establishments you plan on visiting to get the best services possible.
Find Airport Intelligence Tools
The Airports Council International (ACI) World’s ACI Intelligence Hub is an innovative platform that allows users to explore information from over 95% of global passenger traffic and data from over 1,200 global commercial airports. Likewise, Airports of Thailand (AOT) uses databases to consider the various groups of people such as the youth, the elderly, and foreign workers when implementing airline development projects. Access to such information can help travelers find the ideal travel times and the most beneficial flight prices and services for them.
Utilize Accessibility Mapping Systems
Wheel the World’s Accessibility Mapping System (AMS) compiles real-time information on data points such as wheelchair accessibility, inclusivity training for staff, signage availability, and more are recorded in their databases. The AMS keeps up-to-date with the help of over 200 “mappers” who continue to compile accessibility listings for 125 destinations across 27 countries. Using this system can save travelers lots of time and resources and allows travel to be more attainable for everyone, even those with disabilities.
Find Relevant Datasets
Lastly, you can use free or paid datasets, databases, and APIs available online for a wider scope of travel information. This goes for places of interest, transportation options, air travel bookings, Airbnb data, tours or cruises, and even tourist reviews. All of these data sources can be consolidated into a database, allowing for a more organized travel planning process.
In today’s information-rich world, databases are a fantastic way for avid travelers to plan their trips efficiently and economically. For the latest on tech and travel, check out our other articles here on TravelDailyNews.