November 8, 2006

The Consumer as the Ultimate Aggregator

Much has been written about the changing travel distribution landscape. The four GDS have been forced to lower their fees in exchange for “full content” agreements with the airlines. A closer look at these agreements reveals loopholes regarding special promotional fares. Recently there has been some rumbling from the major hotel chains about going direct. TMC platforms such as TravelBahn […]
November 2, 2006

Using the Virtual World for Real World Business

Second Life is a virtual world where you can explore and interact with other online players. Initially Second Life was similar to other online multi-player games where an avatar representing your real or desired self can teleport to anywhere in the virtual world. Second Life gained additional prominence when it was featured on the cover of the May 20th Business […]
October 19, 2006

Loki – A new twist on Location Based Services

Traditionally, most software developers think of GPS or A-GPS as the preferred technology to pinpoint your location and deliver relevant content related to that location. Loki an application developed by Skyhook Wireless, uses the ubiquitousness of Wi-Fi networks to determine your location. Between the movement to provide wireless connectivity throughout a city (e.g. San Francisco, Philadelphia) and the integration of […]
October 13, 2006

An Automated Travel Assistant

Every since I first viewed the historic Knowledge Navigator video produced by John Scully CEO of Apple in the late 1980’s, I have believed that an intelligent assistant would truly be a killer app for the travel industry. As originally envisioned, Knowledge Navigator was going to be a tablet, the size of an opened magazine, and would have very sophisticated […]
October 5, 2006

Fetch Collaborative travel planning tool

I wanted to provide you an update on my efforts to launch a new company based on the extraction applications from Fetch Technologies. As a reminder, through the use of a Web browser plug-in, the application will allow the consumer to Collect, Organize and Share travel planning, research, shopping and purchases across all the major travel Websites. Travel Tech Consulting, […]
September 19, 2006

Web 2.0 – Travel 2.0

The buzz about Web 2.0 and as a subset Travel 2.0, continues to get stronger. The flow of investment money into new start-ups in this area has been growing every month. As my readers know, I am always on the look out for emerging technology, not just for the “cool” factor, but with an eye on how it may change […]