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Many people want to book a trip to their favorite summer vacation destination. But I’m uncertain about the COVID outbreak or any vaccinations, testing, or quarantine requirements.
Online travel shopping company Expedia Group launches COVID-19 Travel Advisor, an online tool that provides potential customers and current customers with information on current travel restrictions from the company̵7;s seven brands.
“Now, many people are considering booking travel as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues. But at the same time, there are conflicting information about where and how they can travel safely, ”said Stacey Symonds, senior director of experience. Expedia Group insights in a statement
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“Finding these details from a trusted source is difficult, so we partnered with Sherpa to seamlessly integrate the solution into our apps, websites and customer communication,” she added. “Our goal is to reduce friction for travelers when they need additional support and help them make responsible decisions.”
Expedia Group has partnered with Sherpa, a provider of travel identification requirements for the global travel industry, to bring this tool.Sherpa’s technology is used in joint efforts with American Airlines and Caribbean Airlines. It is a OneWorld airline partner and travel agency The Travel Corp.
Expedia Group on April 8, 2021 released COVID-19 Travel Advisor, a technology-based tool that helps consumers stay up-to-date on travel restrictions around the world.
“Travel is essential to our global economy and a vital part of human connection,” said Max Tremaine, Sherpa co-founder and CEO, in a statement. Has been steadfast in helping our travel partners restore consumer confidence and trust in travel. ”
The pilot phase of COVID-19 Travel Advisor that started in late November attracted 1.6 million users and in March alone, Expedia Group registered 1.8 million engine visits from brands, a 97% increase from February. Which indicates that It has been used repeatedly as a traveler. Make plans for upcoming trips ”according to the company.
Online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and other Expedia Group brands such as online vacation rental website Vrbo are growing rapidly in business, with online consumer travel planning at the site almost growing. 25% compared to the pre-epidemic period. In a recent Expedia Group Media Solutions study
“At Vrbo, we experienced record-breaking demand for vacation rentals in the first few months of the year, and we are encouraged to see the Expedia Group brand on a strong path to recovery,” said Jeff Hurst, Vrbo President and Head of Corporate Affairs. Expedia Group Marketing told CNBC.com, “People are eager to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues safely. But navigating with evolved travel restrictions can be difficult.
“With COVID-19 Travel Advisor, we are breaking that barrier to give travelers access to reliable information to unlock their next trip,” he added. “Until now, we’ve been successful with this tool, and we continue to develop our technology to meet the needs of travelers, hosts and industry partners.
Brands including Expedia Group’s new COVID-19 travel consultants are Ebookers, Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Vrbo and Wotif.