Over the next 30 years, seven out of every ten people in the world will live in urban areas. This means that cities will get bigger, there will be added strain on the transportation infrastructure and there will be more pressure on energy consumption – with a noticeable impact on our environment. In anticipation of these changes, we’ve created a task force dedicated to leading our new Smart Cities offer in Asia Pacific.
Our goal is to enable smart mobility for the world’s most densely populated cities and changing the way we will live and travel in the future. Smart mobility, how people travel into and move around a city, is integral to governments’ plans worldwide to develop their urban spaces into Smart Cities. This will bring greater efficiency as we grow into a larger, more interconnected world. As urbanization increases and governments are faced with challenges around traffic congestion, pollution, inadequate energy and resources, it will be vital for cities to harness technologies to solve complex problems.
The future of travel will be driven by multi-modal journeys and data to deliver more personalized and smart experiences. The rise of Smart Cities will boost travel and tourism, and so the public and private sector must collaborate to share data and use technology. When done successfully, we believe that this will enable the immersive travel experiences and services that citizens and travelers expect in the future.
We are uniquely positioned in the travel industry to be at the heart of the development of Smart Cities. As such, we will collaborate with the public sector and governments to deliver solutions that enable the Smart Cities of the future. Asia is a strategic focus for our Smart Cities initiatives, given 22 of the 39 megacities worldwide are in Asia Pacific, and 11 alone are in China. Additionally, Asia’s large population and emerging middle class means the next billion Asian travelers are just around the corner, with half of global air passenger traffic expected to come from Asia by 2030.
Smart Cities will transform Asia Pacific’s high-density metropolises and we look forward to being at the forefront of this evolution. Check out our Smart Cities website for more about this initiative.