The travel industry is experiencing many changes, mostly because of their rapidly changing customers. The empowered traveler demands more, through multiple channels. Many travel agents, hotels and airlines are adapting as well to serve these always-on social, mobile travelers.
(Read more about how your favorite airlines measure up to new customer expectations.)
Currently, 50% of hotel companies make it possible to book directly on their Facebook page with a widget or booking engine. The majority of these interactions are still with a human agent but bots are completing basic transactions and answering frequently asked questions. The more advanced, #SocialFirst brands have live agents available on Facebook and other social channels 24/7. They are making digital and social customer service work for them, not against them.
Let’s explore 3 ways that customer service helps the new empowered traveler: