The travel and tourism industry is undoubtedly one of the most affected industries due to the pandemic. But that shouldn’t stop us from innovating new products and solutions on the tourism front. The transition to Working from Home is here to stay and it will exponentially increase the digital nomad culture in the coming time. My solution is going to address the challenges pertaining to potential tourists planning to visit India. It will address some of the key pre-travel challenges along with the challenges that the tourist might face during his visit.
What it does
The Indian Traveler Alexa Skill broadly addresses these themes -
Ease of Plan: Travel details are never so easy to search. It usually consumes several hours of searching and planning.
Travel Requirements: People traveling to a place for the first time can’t finalize the itinerary or the packing list for their trip easily.
Foreign Travelers: Travelers planning to visit a new country for the first time generally don’t have the details about visas and other documents required and end up searching multiple websites for answers.
How I built it
Welcome to Indian Traveler, your travel companion for India! Indian Traveler Alexa Skill can help you at each step of your next trip to India. With this skill, you can:
* Some features of the skill will require access to your Alexa Lists and your email for an enhanced experience.
✅ Try "Alexa, open Indian Traveler"
Pre Trip Features
If you're yet to plan your trip, you can ask Alexa for the visa policies and other requirements for your nationality to visit India.
✅ Try "Alexa, What are the visa requirements"
The next step is to pack your bags. We know it can be hard to know what to pack sometimes. To help you out Alexa has got the ultimate packing list for you. Whether you're going to the serene beaches of South India or traversing the dense cities of the North, you should start packing some must-haves to make this trip memorable.
✅ Try "Alexa, What should I pack for India"
If you are not sure of where to start your trip and want recommendations on places to visit in India, Alexa has got you covered. Alexa will ask you a few questions and recommend a place that will suit your preferences.
✅ Try "Alexa, Recommend a place"
Want to know more about a city or a monument in India before you add it to your itinerary? Just ask Alexa and learn a bit of history, along with the best times to visit, the average temperatures, and travel routes.
✅ Try "Alexa, Tell me about Agra" or "Alexa, Tell me about Taj Mahal"
Finally, zeroed in on the cities that you would like to visit? The next step is to find out what are the must-visit attractions that place offers.
✅ Try "Alexa, Which places should I visit in Delhi"
During The Trip Features
Got the recommendations, but don't have time to make it to all the cities or monuments on your list? Confused on whether to visit the Agra Fort or the Taj Mahal? Don’t worry, Alexa will help you choose by giving some top reviews and ratings for each place, so you can decide easily.
✅ Try "Alexa, Pick one between Agra Fort and Taj Mahal" or "Alexa, Where should I visit between Delhi and Bangalore"
Ran into a mishap during the trip and need help? Just ask Alexa for the emergency contact number.
✅ Try "Alexa, What is the emergency contact in India"
Need to reach your country's embassy? Alexa will provide you the phone number, email, and address of your country's embassy in India.
✅ Try "Alexa, Where is my embassy"
Trying to impress some local friends or need help asking for directions in a local language? Check out the unique Voice Translator to translate English words or phrases into 10 commonly spoken languages around India and break the language barrier. Languages currently supported -
✅ Try "Alexa, Translate 'How are you' in Hindi" or "Alexa, Translate 'When does the bus arrive'"
After The Trip Features
✅ Learn more about the places you couldn't make it to this time! Build a new itinerary and a new packing list, and hop onto another adventure with your travel companion!
✅ If you found the Indian Traveler skill useful do leave us a review, or write to us with your thoughts and feedback at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenges I ran into
Alexa Conversations in itself was a big challenge. Forming the mental model to tackle Alexa Conversations after spending almost three years in a world build upon the custom interaction model was a hefty task.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I was able to embrace the nitty-gritty of Alexa Conversations and ended up building a Hybrid Alexa skill that leverages the best of both worlds to provide the best in class contextual conversational experience to the end-user.
What I learned
No matter how pro you are at something, tackling a new technology puts you into the same shoes as everyone and the challenges are far tougher than they initially seem.
What's next for Indian Traveler
I would love to release the Indian Traveler Alexa Skill globally once Alexa Conversations feature gets launched publically and becomes globally available.