Ask anyone who has worked with a variety of tour and activity operators and they will probably tell you that there are as many ways of doing business as there are operators.
Lest we forget, travel technology – for all its complexities and inherent challenges – is actually a vibrant sector and well mined by the independent developer community.
Semantic web and its impact on travel was the focus of the opening session of the OpenTravel Advisory Forum in sunny Miami
And, you thought golf was all about enjoying the great outdoors with friends and figuring out how to avoid slicing the ball out of bounds and into nearby homes and roadways?
Does an open source standard or software become proprietary if developers have to wait to download them while they are available to others much earlier?
Potentially rather big news from ITB in Berlin last week in the tours and activities sector with the official launch of new metasearch service Pocketvillage.
In fits and starts, travel tech companies and associations are gearing up to handle airline optional services.
On Sept. 10, an auspicious day, a conflict that could have split the travel technology establishment was averted when OpenTravel and the Open AXIS Group agreed to collaborate.
Seemingly rival standards bodies, the recently arrived airline-run Open AXIS Group and decade-old OpenTravel signed a memorandum of understanding.
Month-old standards body Open Axis Group picked up Frontier Airlines as a full member and air-search vendors Everbread and Vayant Travel Technologies as allied members — but ITA Software is looking on from the sidelines.