Oliver Heckmann, vice president of engineering for Google Travel, says one takeaway so far from its Google Trips app, which debuted in September, is that more than one third of the app’s users download destination data so they can use it offline later. “Offline access is essential,” Heckmann says. “We see that more than a quarter of travelers do not have a stable connection when they use Google Trips in-destination.” Travelers also like to build their own itineraries and download, on average, 12 starred items saved on Google Maps to refine their planned wanderings, he says. Get the full story at Skift