September 8, 2010

Mobile Web versus Native Apps

Source:  Global Intelligence Alliance One major debate that persists in the area of mobile development is the question of whether a travel company should create a native (downloadable) app or simply provide a mobile Web application. As part of my upcoming PhoCusWright Webinar Mobile Chaos: Do I Need an App for Every Platform? (next Wednesday September 15th at 12:00 noon), […]
July 8, 2010

Eye For Travel TDS June 2010

I attended the Eye for Travel TDS Summit last month in London and found the sessions lively and informative while the conference provided some great networking opportunities. The most enjoyable general session was about mobile which had consecutive presentations from Google, RIM, Facebook and Nokia.  For those who were not following my tweets, here are some of the highlights from […]
June 22, 2010

Location Based Networking Apps and Travel

Mobile location based networking apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite and Loopt are gaining traction in the market. How do they fit into the travel experience? By definition mobile location based networking is designed to help you discover the world around you, a natural connection to travel. There is a gaming element of these apps that allow you earn badges […]
June 21, 2010

AMS 3.0 Digitizing the World’s Content

Last month I spoke at the World Congress on Information and Technology (WCIT) in Amsterdam.  Mark Ejlenberg one of the co-founders of the hotel online content distribution platform Leonardo, presented a new project called AMS 3.0.  The goal of AMS 3.0 is to create a platform that will make all the city’s data available. Mark has been working with a […]
May 13, 2010

Apple Buys Siri

Loyal readers of my blog know that I  have long advocated the need for a more intelligent interface for travel planing and booking.  Early self-booking engines often promoted themselves as replacements for travel agents, while in reality most were (and many still are) simply sending off commands to the GDS  or supplier reservation systems and displaying standard content.  During the […]
April 28, 2010

Apple iTravel

Apple has filed a patent for the complete travel process on the iPhone.The patent includes an application called iTravel for planning, searching, reviewing and booking flights, hotels, car rentals, trains and bus trips, as well as technology for identification at airports for baggage handling and boarding passes. The patent relies heavily on Near Field Communications (NFC) to enable the quick […]