1841 – Thomas Cook who organised a train journey for 540 campaigners to attend a rally in Loughborough. Food and travel was provided at the cost of one shilling and Cook was given a share of the procedes making it the first true travel agency excursion. The success of the venture heralded expansion across the globe.
1908 – The Relase of the Model T Ford
As the first mass-produced vehicle marketed to the middle classes, the Model T Ford debuted in 1908 and helped famlilies and friends alike explore previously unreachable locales, depiste its relatively low top speed of around 40MPH.
1946 – Automated Booking System
In 1946, American Airlines installed the first automated booking system, the experimental electromechnical reservior.
1958 – The arrival of the Boeing 707 in 1958 heralded a new era in passenger aviation.
Development of High Speed Trains
1970 – The advanced passenger train was developed by British Rail in the early seventies and had a top speed of 155 MPH (249 KH/H).
1993 – Teletext Holidays – Wit its fresh format, Teletext broadcast a range of holidays across hundreds of pages that were up-to-date and competitively priced. Package holidays were particularly popular.
1996 – Online Bookings
The first websites that allowed consumers to reserve, bok and purchase tickets without the need for a travel agent appeared and changed the industry forver.
- 70% of consumers trust online advice.
- 50% of blog readers read travel blogs
- 50 million reviews on tripadvisor
- 64% of people plan holidays with social media