In this article we present mashup of tips to manage your travel business. Which are the sectors in which online travel is growing fast? What’s the best way to test a new feature rollout in website? What are the new generation must dos to stay competitive? These were few of the questions that addressed by Paul Richer, Genesys – Travel Technology Consultancy who presented on the topic “Latest Technology Trends” in World Travel Market 2012, London. Here, we present the key pointers from Ricker’s presentation.
Mobile is evidently changing the way we live, talk and communicate. In 2010, Steve Jobs announced that the industry is moving towards ‘post-pc’ era and we couldn’t agree more. What does it take to build a disruptive native app? Which one should we focus first – building a mobile website or a native app? What’s the future of mobile market 3 years down the lane? What’s the fuzz about data driven decision making?
Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. Is Africa really taking advantage of these factual numbers? How’s the aviation market performing in Africa? How safe is African aviation now? Why are countries like China and India investing in African aviation? How the gulf carriers are penetrating into African market segment? Is the perception of the west towards Africa changing? What’s the growth plan for African airlines for next 20 years?
Day 3 at WTM. The visitor count was more or less same as Day 2. Visitors were busy moving from one stall to another. Given the fact that there are 4500+ stalls, it would easily take 3-4 days for a visitor to cover all stalls. When we spoke to few travel technology exhibitors, their response was mixed in terms of the turn out this year, few exhibitors told us that they are seeing increasing number of visitors to their stall compared to last year and few exhibitors said the
Day 2 at WTM. The visitor inflow was higher than what we noticed on Day 1, this is mainly because of the fact that Day 1 was an invite-only day. On Day 2, the exhibition stalls were pretty busy and there were many speaking events that happened in parallel. Day 2 and 3 have the most speaking events. Quite a few stall owners were aggressive in marketing / making their stalls visible by using innovative ways - Ecuador performed their traditional music and dance
Day 1. First impression while entering the venue was ‘WOW’. Day 1 of the event created so much impact in London that in the tube (train) they announced that WTM attendees have to get down at ‘Custom House’ station to reach the venue faster, and after this announcement the tube was empty! Day 1 was an invite only event, irrespective of this fact the entire event arena was filled with people. There were exhibitors, buyers, press members, VIPs and speaking delegates.
World Travel Market, London. That’s the buzz word, rather phrase. WTM, one of the biggest travel industry event is happening from November 5 to 8, at London, Excel. Today, we were in the WTM event arena to checkout the pre-event activities. Today, being a rainy day in London, almost the entire team was working hard to setup the infrastructure. The entire WTM event management team was present to guide the exhibitors, visitors, press.
Hospitality Technology EXPO (HTE), Europe’s ‘free-to-attend’ conference has unveiled a detailed agenda for its first ever edition that happens on Feb 5-6 2013, Earls Court, London. Throughout the two day event, there will be a total of 40+ thought-provoking keynote sessions, 4 industry panel debates, practical case studies, buyer-only masterclasses, roundtable panel discussions and interactive events. Panel debates at the first ever Hospitality Technology EXPO include:
The previous two editions of this Hospitality India Conclave series can be accessed here – Part 1, Part 2. In this edition we will discuss the presentation by Zia Shiekh, CEO & MD, Svenska Design Hotels on the topic “Awakening The Tiger – New Trends, Concepts and Innovation In Indian Hospitality”. It was a 60 minute presentation by Zia Shiekh, excerpts are below:
Hospitality India Conclave – Part 2 – Key Challenges Faced In Hospitality Industry From Business Strategy Perspective
Part 1 of this series can be read HERE. Hospitality India Conclave witnessed an interesting panel discussion for 60 minutes on the topic “Key challenges in hospitality industry from business strategy perspective”. The discussion was focused on IT as a strategy unit, IT enhancing guest experience, compliances in hotel, challenges faced in the industry and many more. Following are the panel members:
Guestroom 20X gives HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference) attendees a peek at the leading-edge and near-future technologies for tomorrow’s hotel rooms. The Guestroom 20x PDF file in HFTP SITE talks about cutting edge technology products that a hotel can offer its guests in their rooms. There were a total of 35 such products listed in this file. A very interesting read if you are a technology fanatic. Also, the PDF will give you a glimpse on how advanced a guest’s room can be designed! By placing all the 35 hi-tech products in a guest’s room, it will be like a James Bond’s room
Author: Karthick Prabu
This September over 100 online travel experts will meet to research the mobile channel…here’s why:
In 2009 more of your customers will be researching your products and services via their mobile phone. In the 3 months leading up to Christmas 2008, in the midst of a global recession, new EyeforTravel research shows the average number of Americans who browsed the internet via their mobile phones grew by 61.5% from the same period in 2007. This growth is incredible. US adoption outstrips any other part of the world.