Asia-Pacific’s 100% adoption of e-ticketing may be vital in a more volatile 2008 - Tourism Indonesia


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Asia-Pacific’s 100% adoption of e-ticketing may be vital in a more volatile 2008

The Jakarta Post reported that the International Air Transportation Industry (IATA) indicated that the air travel industry needs to achieve 100% e-ticketing in order to simplify its business. Soaring fuel prices and the spectre of a global economic downturn will result in lower profits in 2008, despite a steady growth in passenger numbers. Against this back-drop, a $US3billion saving through jettisoning paper tickets would be most welcome.

Indonesia is among the countries in the strongest position to bring an all e-ticketing (ET) system with 92% penetration, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region is equally well-positioned to take advantage of the savings afforded by the magic 100% ET.

Self-service check-ins can be harnessed in a similar cost-cutting fashion, but here the Asia-Pacific region is still behind with only 30% of passengers using this service compared with 47% and 42% in the US and Europe respectively. Such facilities are reported to greatly improve customer satisfaction by giving the speed, convenience and control that tomorrow’s passengers demand.

However, looking to the future, perhaps Asia will lead the way with leap-frog mobile technology such as bar-coded boarding passes delivered via text to mobile handsets. Such technology must not only be available but universally adopted if Asia-Pacific is to ride-out the slowing of growth predicted by Swiss private bank Julius Baer last Friday (Singapore, 11 Jan, Reuters).

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