How tech helped travel & tourism industry bounce back on CNN’s ‘Inventing Tomorrow’


This month on the latest episode of ‘Inventing Tomorrow’, CNN anchor and correspondent Kristie Lu Stout examines how technology is helping the travel and tourism industry bounce back after being hit hard during the pandemic.

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the most important transport hubs in the world. Vivian Cheung, Executive Director of airport operations, shares the new innovations being rolled out to ensure travelers’ safety, including anti-microbial coatings, contactless passport scanners, and intelligent sterilization robots. CNN also speaks with Sammy Tsui, founder of China Tech Global Holdings and the man behind CleanTech disinfection booths – another new arrival at the airport.

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Lu Stout also meets Jason Lau, Chief Information Security Officer at and one of Hong Kong’s leading privacy experts. They discuss travel bubbles and the pros and cons of the data sharing required to set them up.

Meanwhile, Skycanner CEO Moshe Rafiah discusses how the pandemic is an opportunity to innovate and adapt, with artificial intelligence key to understanding what customers want in this new travel environment.

‘Inventing Tomorrow’ also examines how new inventions will help travelers who do make it abroad during the pandemic. Donut Robotics’ C-mask is one such example – a smart face mask that can translate Japanese into eight different languages.

Restaurants are also looking for alternative ways to reach their customers during these challenging times. Emmanuel Stroobant, from Saint Pierre restaurant in Singapore, has created a Bento box that can be delivered to homes and enjoyed alongside a private video call with the chef.

And while travel to many places is almost impossible, there is still an opportunity to virtually visit different parts of the world. Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute, talks to Lu Stout about his Wonders of India initiative which uses 3D footage to bring the country to life. Rupinder Brar from the Indian Ministry of Tourism shares how she hopes virtual reality capabilities – largely developed by travel technology firm OutsiteVR – can help transform the country’s tourism industry.

Finally, Lu Stout catches up with Tim Hunt from Williams Racing to learn how the tech-driven world of Formula One has got creative to reach its partners and guests, with the launch of a Virtual Race Day experience.

Inventing Tomorrow episode 4 trailer:

Airtimes for 30-minute special:

Saturday, November 14 at 4:30pm IST

Sunday, November 15 at 4:30am, 11:30am and 11:00pm IST

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