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 […]
September 5, 2007

WiMax verses 3G, 4G and Beyond

The Tech industry has been talking about ubiquitous computing for some time. Any observer would agree that it has become common place for business people to multi-task – e.g. listening to a speaker while reading one’s email, but the fact is that this only the beginning of our always connected future. An interesting battle has emerged between the traditional telecom […]
August 20, 2007

Call Center Point of Sale

Over the last 20 years I have been involved with a number projects involving point of sale UIs for call center agents. Going back to my days with United Airlines when Casto Travel was the first installation on the West Coast for the, at that time new Apollo Focalpoint UI, to recent projects with Alaska.org, Vegas.com and Vail Resorts, I […]
July 31, 2007

Observations from the NBTA convention

Last week’s NBTA’s annual convention was billed as the biggest and most successful travel management conference ever. A common question I was asked while roaming the tradeshow floor, “What do you believe was the hot topic at this year’s conference?”. My response was simplly stated “nothing really new here”. In reality I believe more was left unsaid then presented in […]