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…

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…

GetGoing Review • Travel Essentials • Google not Helping Hotels • China Travel Compilation • 124 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

GetGoing Mini Review: an Interesting Variation on Opaque Booking Priceline and Hotwire have proved that airlines and hotels are willing to provide deep discounts on unsold inventory through “opaque” distribution channels. The idea is that the shopper purchases the product based on a generic description and the actual brand and product are revealed only after…

Peek.com Mini-Review • Hotels & OTAs: Better Together • Travel Health Benefits? • 134 Travel Briefs • Travel Aspirations

Mini Review: Peek Destination Activity Booking Site Peek, a destination activities guide and booking site which launched late last year, is backed by Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey. Schmidt and Dorsey know a good thing when they see it. There are other sites and apps that do destination activity…

Watch This and Try not To Cry

I used to teach university advertising classes and I spent a lot of time analyzing ad campaigns. I’ve been impressed with Expedia’s “Find Yours” campaign from the start. After seeing the latest “Find Yours” video, I’m genuinely touched and very proud to work at Expedia. Through January 31st 2013, Expedia is matching donations to St.…