International trips have jumped 5.5 percent, to 94.7 million; domestic trips have risen 1.2 percent, to 627.4 million; hotel revenues will go up by 4.4 percent, to $114.8 billion; travel agencies will bring in 3.3 percent more revenue, making the total $12 billion; tour operator revenue will grow 5 percent, to $3.7 billion; and even the RV parks and campgrounds industry will experience a 1.5 percent revenue increase, to $4.5 billion.
As the industry increasingly shifts online, opportunities are emerging. The app market, for instance, has swelled from virtually nothing to billions of dollars in just a few years, and smartphone owners love their access to a gaggle of Wi-Fi finders, flight status updaters, local restaurant finders, budget booking assistants, translators and more. Websites offering unique travel-oriented services have made a strong showing, too. They include Wanderfly, a personalized travel recommendation travel engine à la Hunch and Pandora; and GTrot, a site that allows travelers to share their itineraries with friends and get travel advice within their networks. Applications like these will continue to grow, improving the efficiency of the overall industry by improving the connectivity between flights and friends.
Creating Innovation in Travel
While on-line applications enable travelers to connect and collaborate few if any do anything to improve the travel experience. Lets admit it. Commercial airline travel experiences are abysmal and getting worse. While the efficiency of commercial air travel for consumers and businesses has diminished a better alternative is private aviation.
Private aviation provides a much higher quality of travel experience, but the traditional model of chartering an airplane limits the engagement to large corporations and high net worth individuals. Private aviation lacks innovation with existing business models being the same as they were 25 years ago. Yet private aircraft represent an asset that is underutilized but available to a larger market of consumers if the business model and method were changed.
Social Flights With Friends
Social Flights aims to revolutionize air travel using private aircraft. We do this by allowing people to self-organize and share a private aircraft flight for point-to-point travel on-demand between approximately 5000 airports in North America. In general, a “Social Flight” serves markets that the commercial aviation system cannot serve such as direct routes between smaller towns or same-day and weekend travel from major market hubs to less populated destinations.
The Social Flights web site enables travelers to find available flights and create flights on over 500 private aircraft and growing throughout the USA. Our web site provides a fully functional reservation system with listings of available flights and the ability to create a flight. Private aviation companies can connect with travelers and offer flights at comparable pricing as commercial airlines.
Social Flights also provides a fully functional social network organized around geographic and interest centric affinity groups (Travel Tribes) thus allowing collaboration and engagement with travelers who have similar destinations and affinity interests. Travelers can aggregate around trips to sporting events, entertainment venues, leisure travel interests and business interests.
Finding friends to travel with on private jets is the key to the Social Flights model. With the power of social technology and applications like Gtrot filling private jets with friends at competitive rates is now easy and affordable.
Social Flights is the new travel game in town with the “highest” rewards.