Glasgow is set to host a leading tourism event in 2008 that will focus primarily on the use of technology within the industry, as travel agents, airlines and many others start to implement increasing amounts of global distribution systems (GDS) solutions.
The 2008 Tourism Innovation Day will have a ‘Tourism and Technology’ theme when the event hit’s the city’s Hampden Park stadium on February 28th, allowing Scottish tourism organisations to familiarise themselves with the advances in digital, mobile and business technology.
Leading GDS provider Sabre will make its mark at the event, as vice president Ben Vinod appears alongside speakers from Holiday Autos and Lastminute.com to impart knowledge about technology applications in the industry.
Sue Crossman, project director for TiG, said: "With the ever increasing use of the web coupled with mobile phone advances, new technology lets the customer source better deals and they expect much more customised tourist information. Tourism businesses, large and small, cannot afford to stand still. They really need to embrace technology now and make investments in hardware, software and support services." She added that the event will help people learn from businesses which are already applying state-of–the-art travel technology systems, allowing them to assess the benefits of global distribution systems (GDS), e-ticketing and much else for their own businesses.