The rise of mobile technology and the proliferation of mobile-enabled services is set to change the way people travel. That’s according to Asia Pacific’s leading travel facilitator, Abacus International, in its latest Insights Updates on the mobile travel trends to expect in 2011.

Mobile-enabled services are rapidly changing the way travellers purchase travel, according to Abacus International. Booking transactions in Asia finished at a record high in 2010, up +11% over the previous year, with a sharp increase in both smartphone usage (54% penetration by 2015) as well as mobile Internet (450 million subscribers in Asia Pacific).

Asia Pacific has the largest number of mobile subscribers in the world with over 2.1 billion phone subscriptions in 2010, coupled with a forecasted growth of +50% by 2020.

Mobile internet services are also expected to generate US$80 billion in Asia Pacific, with smartphone penetration at 40% across Southeast Asia in Q4 2009, led by Singapore at 77%.

With the proliferation of mobile e-mail and mobile browsing, the growth of multimedia messaging, mobile music, social networking, and even location-based services, mobile is “the next wave for travel-related services”, the company underlined.

There is “little doubt” that mobile will be the next platform for travel management, Abacus added. As part of Abacus International Insights Updates, dedicated to helping the travel industry better understand and be better equipped to the strategic business and technical implications of changes and trends within the industry, Abacus International Vice President Marketing & Vice President India Brett Henry shared his thoughts and trends for the year 2011 in the mobile travel space:

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