January 25, 2009

Travel and Tourism – Largest Industry – Small Number of Specialists

I have been working in the travel industry since 1982. It never ceases to amaze me how in such a huge industry, the largest in the world, people are so interconnected. This really hit home recently while I was working in Kuwait. During the reception after this year’s PhoCusWright in Hollywood, my friend and colleague Philip Wolf commented that I […]
January 19, 2009

TMC as Consultants – Are We There Yet?

For years a familiar theme heard throughout the business travel industry concerns the evolution of TMCs from order takers to true consultants for their corporate clients. I often classify TMCs into three groups- mega (Amex, CWT, BCD & HRG), 2nd tier and third tier. This is based on size of the company and their regional or global reach. Late last […]
January 15, 2009

Middle East Travel Market

I am currently back in Middle East. This is my sixth trip since July 08. Rapid growth is still the norm here despite the economic downturn, though the market is showing some signs of a slowing down. Even hot markets such as Dubai are showing signs of a slowdown as many construction projects have been slowed or put on hold. […]
January 6, 2009

Mobile Travel apps for 2009

A major New Years resolution for me this year is to blog at minimum once a week! During the last two months of 2008 I did not blog at all and I am determined not to repeat this long absence. My apologies. A recent post by Tim Hughes of the BOOT (and VP of Orbitz in Australia) predicted that 2009 […]
October 8, 2008

An approaching “Storm” of smartphone competition

Things are heating up even more on the smartphone front as RIM introduced the new BlackBerry Storm which will be available later this month. RIM’s BlackBerry owns the enterprise smartphone mobile space. Recent surveys we’ve completed as part of the PhoCusWright special report “The Future of Mobile Travel” shows the iPhone gaining ground on the BlackBerry with a significant number […]
September 24, 2008

The First Android Phone versus the iPhone

T-Mobile introduced the first Google Android phone this week. This long anticipated new platform combines elements of the iPhone (touch screen) and the Blackberry (pull out keyboard). Since I began researching mobile technology for the “Future of Mobile Travel” special report from PhoCusWright, I have been saying that the iPhone is a game changer. This message became more real to […]