2013-10-16 TravelTech News Review

Focus on: China Skift Country Profiles: Chinese Online Travel Market in 2013 Informative article on the Chinese Travel Market, with some astounding numbers: “Total revenues of the travel industry in China grew from RMB1.16 trillion (US $190 billion) in 2008 to RMB2.57 trillion (US$419 billion) in 2012, representing a CAGR of 22.0%, according to iResearch.…

2013-10-08 TravelTech News Review

Special Feature: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Why are there Still So Few Women in Science? The article presents evidence that often-subconscious stereotypes and biases are limiting the number of women choosing to pursue STEM careers. A key factor holding women back appears to be the lack of encouragement from people in mentoring roles, such…

2013-10-01 TravelTech News Review

Online Travel Industry NYC Tourism Organization Partners with Booking.com for Direct Hotel Bookings – Skift Booking.com gets a nice win here. Priceline Group Gaining Ground in Asia Pacific | PhoCusWright “According to a new PhoCusWright Asia Pacific and Global Edition report, [Priceline’s] Agoda brand is the most popular online travel agency (OTA) in five of…

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…