Tnooz node Valyn Perini reflects on her predictions for the last year.
Everyone agrees that the vacation rental industry is in a state of evolution, if not revolution. But one that increasingly resembles a classic Western movie.
Even before Google waded in last week, vacation rentals was one of the hottest sectors in the travel industry, but one with challenges on the technology side.
A disparate sector with few common standards for reproduction of inventory, confusing search engines and random levels of customer service – that’ll be vacation rentals?
It’s official – the debate around merchandising has switched from the conceptual to the practical, perhaps meaning it is finally being taken very seriously.
Like most travelers, when I book a trip in North America (and this generally applies to Australia and New Zealand, South America, South Africa and a few other regions) I take out my credit card.
Talking about technology standards can be mind-numbingly boring, and I should know â€“ I talk about them all the time.
Amadeus recently announced a partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide the GDSâ€™s customers information about their air travel carbon emissions.
Given the negative environmental impact of travel coupled with widespread online distribution of travel content (schedules, pricing, images, product details, etc.), I wondered how all the GDSâ€™ were addressing the growing demand for more specific CO2 emissions data, specifically in air travel.
First, some terminology.
I have followed several conferences in the last few months on Twitter from my desk, but this week I followed my first conference on the go from Tweetdeck on my iPhone, and it was a pretty interesting experience.
The first day of PhoCusWright 2009 found me in transit from Boston to Orlando to get to the venue in time for the opening reception.
Here was my travel itinerary and corresponding Twitter usage: