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 […]
August 13, 2008

Agent POS International Innovation

My loyal blog readers will recall my frequent posts over the last few years regarding an independent travel agent point of sale (POS) application. An interesting discovery that has been a result of product analysis I am doing for a large Middle Eastern TMC is the fact there is clear trend with many European and Middle Eastern 3rd party software […]
August 5, 2008

American Express’ Social Networking Initiative

At the NBTA conference American Express announced “plans to launch a business-to-business online networking community for the corporate travel industry.” There are a couple of interesting aspects of this announcement. Social networking is finally being embraced (though only a limited short “hug”) by the corporate travel community. I moderated two sessions at the conference on social networking and both were […]
August 5, 2008

AA’s battle with Kayak

There has been a lot of media buzz regarding the announcement that AA was pulling their inventory from meta-search engine Kayak. The news was first leaked by Tech Crunch on July 23rd. The article stated that AA was pulling their inventory from Kayak and considering doing the same for Orbitz, which Kayak uses to supplement direct connections with airlines. As […]