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What the Heck is a Trip Avatar

Updated: Apr 9, 2023

(note - this is more of an opinion piece as opposed to SuccesSTR and data)

Revolutionizing the Travel Booking Experience with AI

The last time a change this big happened bricks and mortar travel agents disappeared from the high street.

80's Visits Travel agent, look at a paper brochure

90's Call the 1 800 number

2000 - search online for your options

2023 - still doing it the same old way - the world record for the number of tabs open in a browser to find the right thing at the best price.

Late 2023 or 2024 - Create your personal Trip Avatar and the AI will let you know your options

2024 or 2025 - the AI will ask you questions to improve your trip Avatar

2024 or 2025 - the AI will prompt you with questions to make your trip Avatar better

These changes will have significant changes on the way that consumers and business search and pay for travel and how travel is sold worldwide. Some of the existing travel marketplaces, OTA's, and meta sites will embrace and thrive and others will have a Kodak moment.

What the heck is a Trip Avatar?

I envisage a Trip to Avatar to be a version of myself tailored to the specific trip I am looking for.

Trip Avatars will have some commonalities based on the person and some unique elements based on the purpose. The winners in travel search in the future will become experts at helping (by asking questions) potential travelers define their Trip Avatars. A good trip Avatar creation engine will get down to the "why? " and "what's important to you?" questions. For example, a Business Trip Avatar may be all about speed and efficiency whereas a family vacation Trip Avatar might be about experiences and value. The next-level Avatars will be able to combine trip components and provide results based on what is important to the person in relation to the specific trip.

Imagine going onto a travel website.

Instead of a box asking for Dates, Destination, and the number of people you are guided through a Trip Avatar creation process that learns about what you want, refines it, finds it, and helps you book it.

For example - "Find two tickets available with my Airmiles on any 4-day round trip for a flight lasting no more than 3 hours from my home airport to any destination where the average temperature is over 70 degrees. Present five destination options that have a flight leaving on a Thursday and provide lodging options for a luxury hotel with rates of less than $350 per night and that have a spa and golf course within one mile"

In the summary below I asked Chat GPT 4 to summarize a chat asking it to help find options for a trip to a nearby resort. I asked ChatGPT 4 to summarize the prompts and conversation.

In today's fast-paced world, planning the perfect vacation can be a daunting task. With hundreds of booking sites and endless options, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information. The traditional method of conducting multiple date searches across various booking sites can be a time-consuming and frustrating process, especially when trying to find the best deal. However, the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the travel industry, streamlining the booking experience, and making it more personalized and efficient than ever before.

In a recent conversation with an AI travel assistant, the client was seeking a 2-bedroom condo in Whistler, BC. The AI was able to dynamically adapt to the client's evolving needs and preferences, conducting refined searches based on specific criteria, such as proximity to Whistler Village Gondola and the Longhorn Saloon Pub, and preferred booking platforms. The AI assistant was also able to present search results in an easily digestible table format, allowing the client to quickly compare options and make informed decisions.

The AI-driven approach has several key advantages over traditional methods of travel booking:

  1. Personalized Recommendations: AI can tailor search results to the client's unique preferences and requirements, providing a more personalized experience. In this case, the AI travel assistant refined its search based on the client's evolving criteria, such as the number of nights, desired facilities, and booking platforms.

  2. Time Efficiency: The AI assistant was able to conduct rapid searches across multiple booking sites, saving the client considerable time and effort. The client no longer needed to spend hours comparing options across various platforms, as the AI provided a consolidated and organized summary of the best options available.

  3. Optimal Deals: By comparing prices across multiple booking platforms, the AI assistant was able to identify the best deals for the client. This allowed the client to make more informed decisions and ensure they were getting the most value for their money.

  4. Seamless Communication: Throughout the conversation, the AI travel assistant communicated effectively with the client, answering questions and providing additional information, such as property descriptions and cancellation policies. This interactive approach allowed the client to have their concerns addressed promptly, resulting in a more satisfying booking experience.

In conclusion, AI-powered travel assistants are revolutionizing the travel booking experience, offering personalized recommendations, time efficiency, and optimal deals. With the ability to adapt to client's needs and preferences, AI-driven travel booking is poised to transform the industry, making vacation planning a more enjoyable and stress-free process for travelers worldwide.

Embrace the future of travel and let AI take the hassle out of planning your next getaway! #AI #Travel #TravelBooking #FutureOfTravel #Innovation

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