Presenting the second edition of the Mobile Travel App Guide at ITB Berlin 2012
28/02/2012 2 Comments
Smartphones go mainstream with market penetration surpassing 29% globally in the third quarter of 2011. This figure varies from nearly 65% in the USA and over 50% in Europe to 19% in Asia-Pacific. With the increasing public awareness thereof, end users (including travellers) have been quick to embrace mobile applications (apps). The massive growth of companies leveraging apps to capture the benefits of mobile technology shows that Mobile is a must have customer acquisition, retention and communication channel.
In February 2011 the German Apple App Store accounted for about 300.000 apps including 18.324 travel apps (category Travel). This year there are 553.323 apps and 26.326 travel apps (category travel) representing a market share of 4,76% of all apps available (29,85% in Games category). Paid apps account for 60% and 40% are free travel apps.
To provide an overview of mobile solutions in the travel industry, the first edition of the Mobile Travel App Guide was published at last year’s ITB Berlin. The book was a big success. For ITB Berlin 2012 we worked on an expanded edition with 25 categories and more than 120 analyzed apps. Besides at the ITB 2012, the technology guide will be available in bookstores and online (publisher: Alabasta 2000). In cooperation with the ITB the book will be part of the ITB Library.