ITB 2018 Special Reporting
Paperless travel is about so much more than convenience.
Tuesday, 14th March 2017
Source : Austin Davis - Exclusive & Live from ITB 2017

Printing out itineraries and carrying around stacks of paper can bog down travelers, but new smartphone technology is looking to solve this issue while providing a segue to travelers' next big escape.

"We're trying to build excitement," said Angus Marsden, head of product at Vamoos, at Berlin's ITB Convention. "It's not just about your itinerary. You can also share and show off your travel to clients and friends in a readily available format." 

According to Marsden, people check their phones upwards of 250 times a day " that's over two hours spent on a phone per day. Eighty-nine percent of that time is occupied by app use. 

"We want to take advantage of this during travel," said Tommy Bowen, head of business development at Vamoos. "We want you to have everything you need available to you at all times offline."

Vamoos is first and foremost an integrative travel app optimized for offline use. But it also doubles as social networking tool, allowing travelers to build maps in line with their interests, create travel profiles and post countdown clocks to their next holiday.

All of these features combined into one offline platform takes advantage of the lull after one gets back from vacation " when they find themselves longing for more. 

Push notifications connected to social platforms, for example, suggest new trips based on previous interests and streamline return trips and new booking. 

"If I want to book another trip, it matters how fast and easy it is to do so," said Bowen. "Paper makes people lose excitement, so this app can help to sell more holidays. It takes returns to the next level."

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