Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes is an online travel industry executive who has been blogging since June 2006 at the Business of Online Travel (the BOOT).

The BOOT covers analysis of online travel industry trends, consumer and company behaviour and broader online/web activity of interest to online travel companies (with a bias towards Tim’s home markets of Asia and Australasia and with the odd post on consuming and loving travel thrown in).

In late-2010 the BOOT clocked its 1,000th post, 200,000th visitor and 300,000th page view.In his work life he is the CEO of Getaway Lounge - a premium travel deal site based in Australia.

Tim has worked for both Orbtitz and Expedia. Prior to the travel industry Tim was a commercial lawyer and venture capitalist. Tim’s views are his alone and not necessarily the views of Getaway Lounge or any of its investors.

The future of travel search lies on a Silicon Beach (not in a Valley)

After more than 15 years of online travel, we are still looking for the perfect travel search engine. But do four Australian startups hold the key to unlocking the future of travel search?


High end flash sale retailer Jetsetter is celebrating hitting 500,000 room nights since launch and two million people in its database.


This week, someone in the Qantas PR team had the great idea to run an experiment with a competition on Twitter to promote the luxurious nature of its first class product.


The investment by Chinese search leader Baidu into local metasearch company Qunar can be proclaimed a data point on China becoming the largest economy in the world.


We heard this week vacation rental market leader HomeAway was charging into the Australian market through the acquisition of Realholidays.


Glenn Fogel’s well reported comments on social media from the No Vacancy conference highlighted the vastly divergent views in OTAs and suppliers on how much if any to invest in social media.


Q&A is the new search. The old search was typing in questions and hoping that technology could find the answer among the millions of pages floating on the InterTubes.


Tnooz node Tim Hughes reflects on his predictions for the last year.


As predicted, search is changing. In fact, search has changed more in the last six months than anytime since the introduction of Google Adsense.


Democracy has spoken and the Travel Innovation Summit 2010 finalists are SilverRail, Hipmunk, Goby Technologies and Kony Solutions.


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