October 25, 2007

Kango

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Yen Lee, president of the new travel search company Kango. For those who do not know Yen, he has an extensive background in online travel most recently as the head of Yahoo! Travel. So what is unique about Kango? The company is building a semantic travel search engine. Rather than simply displaying […]
October 15, 2007

Why Social Networking Matters for the Corporate Travel Market

The BEAT recently covered my NBTA presentation on Web 2.0 and the release of my new study “Corporate Travel Technologies: Today and Tomorrow“. In the article Jay projects a somewhat skeptical view on whether social networking apps will ever appear in the corporate travel industry. I understand Jay’s skepticism. Throughout my 25 years in the corporate travel industry, I have […]
October 9, 2007

Why Travel Mash-Ups are Important

As much as the OTAs may position themselves as a one-stop shops for travel planning and booking, the reality is that no single site can make this claim. With the introduction of over 30+ travel sites over the past 2 years, travel content on the Web has never been more fragmented. Sites that provide travel blogs, itinerary sharing and rating […]
October 5, 2007

BBC buys Lonely Planet – The Future of Guidbook content

Some may be surprised by the acquisition of Lonely Planet by the BBC. Why would a traditional media giant want travel destination content? What does this mean for the future of guidebooks? There are a number of ways to look at this purchase. Combining Lonely Planet content with BBC video such as Michael Palin’s travel series seems an obvious step, […]
September 24, 2007

Corporate Travel Technology: Today and Tomorrow

I am pleased to announce the release of my new study: “Corporate Travel Technology: Today and Tomorrow“. The study is now available for immediate download at the Travel Tech Consulting online store: http://traveltechnology.stores.yahoo.net/cotrtetoandt.html
September 18, 2007

Are Airlines a Commodity?

I am writing from Houston Texas where I attended a consultant’s forum sponsored by Continental Airlines. The session was primarily focused on the corporate market , but did include a review of some very impressive stats, including some slides which showed that CO is the best US network carrier for on-time performance and lowest baggage loss. Part of the session […]