When I was browsing the Economist over the weekend, I came across one article (access here) about the business travel in the next 50 years that was based on a white paper published by AirPlus (download the white paper here).
Of course, nobody can tell for sure what the next 50 years will bring, but that doesn’t prevent someone coming up with scenarios.
The paper is an interesting read and worth the five minutes it takes to browse it through.
Here are some predictions:
– Water becomes weapon of war in 2022.
– Bangkok abandoned in 2031 due to sea level rise.
– Super sonic airlines enter service in 2033.
– Gulf coast abandoned due to super hurricanes in 2045.
– Maximum long distance air travel in 2050 takes 2.5 hours.
When I look at the past 20 years that I have been traveling, there really hasn’t been that much of a change. There has been incremental advancement in airplanes, hotels, trains and cars, but nothing revolutionary.
The distribution of these travel products and information available has changed.