I spent a lot of the last 100 posts attending and covering the big online travel conferences of Oceania, Asia and the US. A couple of highlights:
From TRAVELtech in Sydney
- Richard Noon of Webjet estimating the Australian turnover of Expedia, Zuji and Travel.com.au; and
- WorldNomads the inspiring Footprints charity program with the fantastic marketing and conversion benefits.
- Me talking about helping consumers navigate too much information;
From WebInTravel in Singapore
- Alfred Chang of Ctrip sharing his views of the market share "online" in China;
- Ram of PhoCusWright hosting an interesting round table on India with heads from Makemytrip and Yatra; and
- Phillip Wolf and Ram Badrinathan of PhoCusWright and me talking about online travel, Google, UGC, the Economy and (of course) Asia.
From PhoCusWright in LA
- I tried to sort out all of the trip planning sites and mobile applications;
- We heard interesting stories from the bosses of Expedia, Priceline and Kayak; and
- We came across the interesting way in which an offline publisher in Germany (MairDumont) is supporting and online trip planner (TripWolf).
While I was busy at Gabfests the world went into an economic death spiral:
- XL went bust, Alitalia too (kind of); But
- Uptake, HomeAway, and TripWolf managed to raise some money, bucking the trend.
- Whether or not BA did a good or bad job point all of their Highlife content online;
- Whether or not Google has too much influence over how we design our websites and content strategies; and
- Whether or not you should use paid search as a place for a he said, she said bitch fight.
- We watched live on the Internet as a family member escaped from the horrors of the attacks on Mumbai
- We hit 1,000 subscribers;
- You heard me talk to Addison Schonland;
- I saw a man die at Hong Kong airport;
- We joined the Recombobulation Revolution!!!
PS - in case you happen to be counting this is actually post 703