2013-09-27 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry Survey reveals half of users do not trust travel review websites TripAdvisor reviews are rated as most trustworthy. I would have expected the Hotels.com and Priceline reviews to be perceived as more trustworthy, since both sites only allow reviews from people who have actually made a paid booking at a hotel (Expedia was not…

2013-09-24 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry Why CheapOair Is Sticking With Flights While Booking Peers Chase Hotels – Skift Not long ago a very frequent flyer told me that he usually checks CheapOair first before any other OTA because they often really to have cheaper flights. “[Founder and CEO Sam Jain] argues that a single-minded focus on, and…

2013-09-20 TravelTech News Review

News Trend: Social Media in Travel Hotels put best foot forward on social media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tnooz Infographic with lots of statistics on guest reviews and social media usage. You’re grounded – (social) media storms and airline responses | Tnooz “Airlines are generally held-up as quite advanced in social media so it’s curious to see…

Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi

I expect that many of you seasoned travelers regularly  use in-flight WiFi but I had not tried it before an Expedia cross-country recruiting trip I took last month. WiFi provider Gogo was in the news a few weeks ago with its announcement of a new faster service (to be launched next year) so I thought…

2013-09-13 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry Hotwire Needs to Pivot Toward Last-Minute and Mobile, Expedia CEO says – Skift The article quotes lots of strategic insights from Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Expedia tests Shazamable travel ads – would you, seriously? | Tnooz Expedia is testing a new use for the popular Shazam music matching app. Rather than using the…

2013-09-10 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry Search for a room while you drive: Ford adds @hotelsdotcom to its voice-operated dashboard | Tnooz This is kind of cool but it would be cooler if a live agent wasn’t needed to complete the booking. 5 Travel Startups to Watch This Week – Skift A couple of interesting ones here. Beeline is an…

2013-09-08 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry Skift Asks: Have You Used a Mobile App To Book Any Kind of Travel? – Skift Skift put together an interesting survey that found that only about 12+% of adult US internet users have used an app to book travel. Unfortunately, they made a selection bias error because the tool they used,…

Hidden Valleys of Yangshuo China…

I scored a great price on a flight to Hong Kong last year. Since I’ve visited Hong Kong in the past, I looked for something new to see this trip. To my delight, I found that Yangshuo China, with some of the most incredible scenery in the world, is only an hour’s flight from Hong Kong. Check out my photos and hints for travelers.

What’s in a(n online) name?

Shakespeare’s Juliet famously asked “What’s in a name?” My answer is: if you’re trying to build an online startup or personal brand: a lot! Take my own online brand as a case study. I started this blog in April 2012. Like many people starting a new online presence, I agonized over what to call my new…

Anticipatory Assistants • Focus on: Social, Reviews, Tours, Innovation Blockers, Air Distribution, Space Travel, and More…

Anticipatory Assistants • Focus on: Social, Reviews, Tours, Innovation Blockers, Air Distribution, Space Travel • 180 Travel Briefs • Awesome Travel Photos • Tech Briefs • I Write Like… Editor’s Note I’ve been very busy with my day job, helping to deliver a next-generation travel search and booking site and it has been far too…