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Tnooz is a global provider of news, analysis, commentary, education, data and business services to the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. It is the leading voice to the industry for all areas related to travel technology.

Launched in September 2009, Tnooz focuses on distribution, marketing, systems, devices, startups, social media and commerce in the travel sector.

After careers in the media, research, events and technology, founders Gene Quinn, Kevin May and Frederic Lalonde saw a gap in the media landscape for a fresh, upfront and analytical approach to covering technology in the world’s largest industry.

Our team of reporters and contributing Nodes, based in every corner of the globe, bring the latest news and opinion to the travel sector and its related and diverse industries.

In the constantly changing digital travel economy, new entrants disrupt the status quo, established players consider how best to adapt and grow, and technology is always at the heart of this evolution.

Nowhere else on the web covers this ecosystem for the industry like Tnooz.

Alongside the online news and analysis at the heart of everything we do, Tnooz also operates in other areas:
Tnooz also provides a range of commercial opportunities to the industry:
Tnooz is also active in other places:

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EDITORIAL:

Editor
Kevin May
phone: +44 7870 677716
email: kevin@tnooz.com
skype: kmayuk

Reporter
Linda Fox
email: lfox@tnooz.com
skype: lindasivelo

Reporter
Sean O’Neill
email: soneill@tnooz.com
skype: sean.f.oneill

Reporter
Nick Vivion
email: nvivion@tnooz.com
skype: worldlifilms

Asia-Pacific general manager
Karthick Prabu
phone: +91 953 504 1561
email: kprabu@tnooz.com
skype: dkarthickprabu

COMMERCIAL:

Corporate and media enquiries
Gene Quinn
phone: +1 203 984 7629
email: gene@tnooz.com
skype: efquinn

Advertising and sponsorship in Americas/Europe
Jim Craven
phone:
+1 305 632 1425
email: jcraven@tnooz.com
skype: james.cravenzb

Advertising and sponsorship in Asia-Pacific
Jay Shah
phone:
 +91 953 504 1561
email: jshah@tnooz.com
skype: jay.tnooz

ADMINISTRATIVE and BOARD:

Web and technical support
James Cooke (Loopwhole)
email: james@loopwhole.co.uk

Finance manager
Susan Fox
email: info@tnooz.com

Chairman
Fred Lalonde
email: info@tnooz.com

Board director
Phil Ferri
email: info@tnooz.com

 

Stephen Joyce

 
Stephen Joyce

Stephen Joyce is a contributing Node to Tnooz and has been working as a travel and tourism technology consultant since 1995. Stephen is the CEO of Rezgo.com, a cloud based software as a service reservation and booking platform for tour and activity providers.

Stephen is the Past Board Chair of the OpenTravel Alliance.

Stephen is a graduate of Capilano University, is a certified commercial pilot, and holds a certificate in IT Management.

 

Sarah Kennedy Ellis

 
Sarah Kennedy Ellis

Sarah Kennedy Ellis is a contributing Node to Tnooz and director of Sabre Labs, a dedicated emerging technology incubator and trends research lab at Sabre Holdings.

At Sabre since 2007, Sarah has spent time working in a variety of divisions including everything from strategy and product development to social media marketing and R&D.

She was selected as one of the first members of PhoCusWright's inaugural "Class of 35" in 2009, recognizing the top 35 young leaders under the age of 35 in travel.

She also is invited to speak at a variety of technology conferences & industry events each year on topics including emerging technology and innovation management.

The views expressed by Sarah on Tnooz are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Sabre Holdings, its partners, customers or subsidiaries.

 

Patrick Landman

 
Patrick Landman

Patrick Landman is a contributing Node to Tnooz and founder and CEO of Xotels. This hotel management group assists independent hotels with revenue management, online marketing and internet distribution strategies.

They offer outsourcing services, coaching, consulting and training. In his blog, Patrick challenges hoteliers to think out of the box and not to accept the established order.

Through a passionate drive for growth and improvement he brings creative tips, ideas and best practices to the table that can help hotels drive up their bottom line.

In previous roles he has helped to develop businesses like RateTiger and Hotels.com into industry leaders. 

 

Martin Collings

 
Martin Collings

Martin Collings is a contributing Node to Tnooz and is currently employed as Vice President, Innovation Management & Commercialization at MasterCard Labs, based in Sydney. In this position he manages various mobile payments initiatives with his role covering the region of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to MasterCard, Martin Collings spent six years with Amadeus IT Group, based in both Madrid and Chicago in a variety of airline roles, most recently as head of airline e-commerce sales for the Americas.

During his time at Amadeus he also wrote the Shearwater Blog covering various topics of interest for airline selling via direct channels. The views of Martin Collings are his alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of MasterCard.

 

Glenn Gruber

 
Glenn Gruber

Glenn Gruber is a contributing Node to Tnooz and senior mobility strategist at Propelics, an enterprise mobile strategy firm.

Previously Glenn was AVP travel technologies at Ness Technologies, responsible for developing the company’s strategy and solutions for the travel industry.

Prior to Ness he held leadership roles at Symphony Services, Kyocera and Israeli startups Power Paper Ltd and Golden Screens Interactive Technologies.

He also writes a personal blog, Software Industry Insights

 

Claude Bénard

 
Claude Bénard

Claude is a contributing Node to Tnooz, consultant and seasoned blogger hailing from Marseille, France. Claude started his career in tourism as a technical sales manager for a Marseille-based tour operator.

He then spent six years as a sales executive at Louvre Hotels group, before discovering the tremendous potential of the internet for the marketing of hotels and tourism.

Claude then became the sales and marketing manager for a regional booking engine for the Marseille Chamber of Commerce and DMO’s.

He now handles consulting and training for hotels and other DMOs. Claude manages his blog HoteliTour.

 

Morris Sim

 
Morris Sim

Morris Sim is a contributing Node to Tnooz. During the day, he runs Brand Karma, a company he founded with his two best friends from Microsoft in 2006 which has since developed into the leading solution provider for hospitality and travel brands wanting to monetize more via digital media.

At night and on weekends, he serves as the executive director for Montara Hospitality Group, which owns and operates Boathouse Phuket and Trisara.

Morris came from the high-tech world, having worked at Microsoft for 10 years shipping products like Access, FoxPro, Visual Basic for Office, and Visual Studio.

He was also a senior director of marketing for the Windows Developer Platform, responsible for students, faculty, and enthusiast adoption of Microsoft .NET. In between his 2 stints at Microsoft, he was the CTO for RalphLauren.com and helped it become a profitable e-commerce channel for the retailer.

 

Troy Thompson

 
Troy Thompson

Troy Thompson, a contributing Node to Tnooz, is a self-described technopologist, a respected blogger, consultant and thought-leader in the tourism/travel marketing industry.

Owner and consultant at Travel 2.0 Consulting, Troy has been providing unique interactive and marketing solutions to a variety of clients for more than a decade.

 

Timothy O'Neil-Dunne

 
Timothy O'Neil-Dunne

Timothy O'Neil-Dunne is a contributing Node to Tnooz and managing partner at travel consultancy firm, T2Impact. He serves as the lead for the airline, aviation and airport practice. He is also a Co-founder of VaultPAD an accelerator devoted exclusively to travel and travel-related startup businesses.

Timothy was a founding management team member of the Expedia team where he headed the ground transportation and international portfolios, before founding T2Impact in 1998.

He has worked in aviation and travel distribution for more than 30 years, including time with Worldspan as head of technology where he managed international technology services from product to infrastructure.

He is also CTO and deputy CEO of Lute Technologies, a permanent advisor to the World Economic Forum and writes on the T2Impact Blog.

 

Special Nodes

 
Special Nodes

Special Nodes is the byline under which Tnooz publishes articles by guest authors from around the industry.

 

Siew Hoon Yeoh

 
Siew Hoon Yeoh

Siew Hoon Yeoh is the editor-at-large for SHY Ventures and editor/producer of WIT-Web In Travel.

She created and manages the travel insider website The Transit Cafe and also runs WIT - Web In Travel, Asia’s leading travel distribution, marketing and technology conference, and the weekly WIT newsletter.

In 2008, WIT was awarded the Most Innovative Marketing Initiative by the Singapore Tourism Board. Siew Hoon is also an established speaker and facilitator at travel industry conferences and workshops.

She is also is a published author, having written titles including “Truth, Lies & Other Stuff” and “Around Asia in 1 Hr: Tales of Condoms, Chillies & Curries”.

 

Evan Konwiser

 
Evan Konwiser

Evan Konwiser is a contributing Node to Tnooz and was co-founder of FlightCaster, which was acquired by Next Jump in December 2010.

Currently, he works with travel start-ups and consults on new technology and trends in the travel industry. He started FlightCaster in 2009 to provide better tools for travelers using advanced technology.

After the acquisition, he managed Next Jump's travel distribution business, which includes employee discount programs for Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to FlightCaster, Evan was a consultant at Bain & Company and he also spent time at Kayak. He's an industry blogger and speaker on both consumer and corporate travel topics, a recipient of PhoCusWright's first ever Young Leadership Award and a member of the critics circle for the Travel Innovation Summit.

 

Daniele Beccari

 
Daniele Beccari

Daniele Beccari is a contributing Node to Tnooz, and head of travel products at Criteo.

As travel technology strategist, he has helped startups and blue-chip corporations define and launch innovative solutions in leisure, corporate, online and mobile sectors. He also served as Vice President, Europe and B2B, at Isango! (now part of TUI), and previously as head of corporate products for the e-travel division of Amadeus.

He started his career at HP, working on what is known today as the Internet of things. An MBA graduate from INSEAD, Daniele can be found somewhere between Paris, London, Turin, San Francisco or Tokyo.

Daniele's views are his alone and not the views of his clients or employers.

 

Linda Fox

 
Linda Fox

Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz. For the past eight years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.

In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.

Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.

 

Nick Vivion

 
Nick Vivion

Nick Vivion is a reporter for Tnooz, based in New Orleans, USA.

His passion for travel technology led him to travel around the world shooting travel videos for Current TV and Lonely Planet TV in 2006 and 2007.

He shot on Mini-DV, edited on a white MacBook, uploaded and shared online as he traveled. His moxie for travel video has resulted in over two million views on his YouTube partner channel.

In addition to travel, Nick co-founded of one of the web’s most talked about LGBT media sites, Unicorn Booty, and has gone "blog-to-brick" with a bricks-and-mortar restaurant called Booty's Street Food in New Orleans – serving street food from around the world.

 

Karthick Prabu

 
Karthick Prabu

Karthick is general manager for Tnooz in Asia, based in Bangalore.

He has previously worked for Port of Singapore Authority, SITA, TravelCLICK, Rezopia, Travelocity, MindTree and Happiest Minds Technologies.

Follow him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+.

 

Frederic Lalonde

 
Frederic Lalonde

Fred Lalonde is the founder and chief executive of Hopper and also chairman of Tnooz.

Previously, Fred was a vice president at Expedia, running product planning for Hotels and Packages for Expedia.com.At Expedia he also participated in various M&A activities, including the acquisitions of Hotels.com, TripAdvisor, and eLong.

Prior to Expedia, Fred co-founded Newtrade Technologies, which grew to become one of the world’s largest connectivity platforms for the hospitality market after it was acquired by Expedia in 2002.

 

Gene Quinn

 
Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a pioneer in digital media and a well known figure in the travel industry through his former role as chairman of research company PhoCusWright.

An editor, columnist and reporter in his first career at The Chicago Tribune and previously Philadelphia Daily News and Wilmington (DE) News-Journal, Gene has since been involved at the forefront of the new digital economy.

He has held adviser, executive and board director positions to a string of media, technology and marketing companies including Newtrade Technologies, Checkfree, MTV Networks, BzzAgent and the MIT Media Lab.

 

Sean O'Neill

 
Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is a New Jersey-based reporter for Tnooz. He's also a regular contributor to BBC Travel.

Follow him on Twitter, Google+, and his personal site .

 

Tnooz

 
Tnooz

This is the byline used for stats, roundups, bits of housekeeping and other generic articles from Tnooz.

 

Valyn Perini

 
Valyn Perini

Valyn Perini is a contributing Node to Tnooz and a travel industry lifer with experience in operations, sales and marketing, systems, consulting, and software development in the hospitality and travel industry.

Her was most recently the CEO of the OpenTravel Alliance, where she oversaw the operations of the organization, including developing and executing strategies to reach the goal of standardized electronic distribution of travel and traveler information.

Her travel career includes stints with InterContinental, Westin and Swissôtel, with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a travel technology consultant, and as the director of product strategy for Newmarket International.

Valyn speaks on industry topics at events around the world, and writes about travel when she can find the time.

Originally from Atlanta, Valyn now lives in Boston.

 

Alex Kremer

 
Alex Kremer

Alex Kremer is is a contributing Node to Tnooz and Vice President of Partnerships at Nor1, Inc. He was previously COO and co-founder at Flextrip, a tours and activities marketplace API servicing travel companies which was acquired by Nor1.

Alex is a 15 year veteran of technology startup companies, previously co-founding Cruvee, a business intelligence company for the wine industry where he led Business Development.

Prior to that, he co-founded FanAxis, one of the world's first fan club management and merchandising firms in the music and entertainment industries.

Alex began his career at 16 by founding Onlink, an early innovator in virtualized server technologies for the web hosting industry. Alex is based in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Alex Bainbridge

 
Alex Bainbridge

Alex is a contributing Node to Tnooz and writes about travel technology, travel startups, specialist tour operators and the tours & activities sector. He has previously led ecommerce, social media and reservation system projects for airlines, leading mainstream tour operators and hotel distribution companies in both leisure and business travel sectors.

He is the CEO of TourCMS, a web based software-as-a-service reservation system and distribution platform used by many specialist tour operators worldwide to take online bookings and distribute to 3rd parties.

He also moderates Small Fish Big Ocean, a community that welcomes small tour operators and niche travel agents to come and discuss travel ecommerce issues. Alex has a computing degree, is passionate about usability, speaks French and still writes and reviews code.

 

Tnooz - Talking Other Tech

 
Tnooz - Talking Other Tech

This is the by-line used for articles curated from elsewhere around the web by our team of reporters.

Articles are found using PublishThis, then annotated and published by Tnooz.

 

Kevin May

 
Kevin May

Kevin May is editor and a co-founder of Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution for nearly four years and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has also worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism.

 

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