The Future of Airport Security

August 16, 2012

Starting in November 2012 Australia’s airports are rolling out millimetre-wave body scanners in all our international terminals and this afternoon Fiona Poole of ABC NSW’s Statewide Afternoons and I chatted about the safety and reliability of this new technology and what else lies ahead in airport security.

Given that by 2030 we will have doubled our air passengers to about 12 billion people in the sky across the year, dedicated security tunnels, thermal lie detection, in airport passenger tracking and behavioral detection officers are all going to be a huge part of how we keep our airports and flights safe into the future.

Take a listen now for all this as well as the evolution of airports into airtropilis’s and even how we might bypass airports all together and send things using 3D faxes:

Tourism needs to be more Social

July 17, 2012

If you’re going to ask me what the tourism industry needs to do to keep improving, then part of the answer has to be to get more social.

At this week’s Tasmanian Tourism conference I outlined that one of the most important things tourism operators can do to remain relevant into the future is to tear down their physical walls and thinking and embrace the virtual world.

If we remain too fixated on our physical product, offering, venue or experience then we are missing a large chunk of an increasing number of tourists needs and that is a combined physical and digital experience.

Take a look at ABC TV interview above to hear more.

Don’t bank on China solution

July 13, 2012

republished from Tasmania’s The Mercury – Hannah Martin July 13, 2012

TASMANIA’S tourism industry is wrong to peg its hopes on Chinese travellers and our wilderness appeal, says a leading futurist.

Business forecaster Morris Miselowski has cautioned tourism officials against putting “all their eggs in one basket”.

Mr Miselowski will be the guest speaker at an industry conference in Launceston next week, organised by the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania.

Early this year Tourism Minister Scott Bacon and the state’s peak marketing body, Tourism Tasmania, predicted China’s growing middle class would give a much-needed boost to the ailing sector.

However, Mr Miselowski said this was a concern.

“I am never comfortable when we sit here and wait for one group to be the panacea of all of our ills,” he said.

“It just can’t be. We have to market for them and do work to entice them, but we also have to work in other markets as well.”

Mr Miselowski said catering heavily for a leading audience had backfired on other destinations in the past.

“The Japanese market was a huge boost for the Gold Coast, but a lot of people did not foresee that they would come and then eventually move on to another experience,” he said.

“Let’s not put all of our eggs in one basket.”

Mr Miselowski was equally concerned about the industry’s focus on promoting its wilderness attributes.

“My concern is that I’m not seeing great growth out of it. It’s becoming the same product repackaged,” he said.

“At some point it is going to become stale.”

till Facebook us do part – 6PR Big Weekend – FutureTech Segment – 5 December 2010

December 5, 2010

Facebook is being blamed for 1 in 4 divorces in the United States and in our in-depth comical discussion we seek to find out why and perhaps that it’s not Facebook that’s causing divorces, but people – ah if only they would use it for niceness instead of evilness (Maxwell Smart circa 1960).

Ted Bull of 6PR and I then go onto to travel through Lonely Planet’s and Google’s top tourist destinations for 2010 and those predicted for 2011 and work our way through some really interesting travel apps and websites – ah, where’s the holodeck when you really need it ?1?.

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