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The best seaside campsites

From the Costa Brava to the Cyclades, Keith Didcock of the Cool Camping guidebooks picks his favourite sites for pre-breakfast swims, lazy afternoons on the beach and cocktails at sunset 1. Les Criques de Porteils, Argeles-sur-Mer Continue reading…

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Datalex Users Conference

Last week I was in Dublin Ireland to participate in the Datalex Users Conference. Datalex is a long time client of Travel Tech Consulting. The conference has a small number of attendees (50-60) consisting of Datalex customers and prospects, but the quality of the attendees and depth of the sessions was very impressive. I had […]

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I just completed an exhausting two week trip to the Middle East (Kuwait and Saudi Arabia), Dublin, Ireland and Washington DC. I thought I would create some short blog entries about each of these trips. First up, my first visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). My client Al-Tayyar is one of the largest […]

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Sabre’s new Tripcase a TripIt Competitor

Sabre has introduced a downloadable iPhone app that competes with TripIt.It has some similar features but unlike the email parsing capability of TripIt, TripCase automatically imports the PNR information provided it was booked in Sabre. It is currently only available on the iPhone, but additional platforms will be introduced later this year. So is this […]

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Illegal iPhone Clones are Here

This image is an iPhone, right? Look again. This is an illegal iPhone copy made in China that I found was being sold in Dubai. A client of mine bought this from a vendor in Dubai about a week ago while I was there. Apart from the obvious legal ramifications of this device (I’ll leave […]

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American Airlines Arpey Interview

On a conference call discussing 1st quarter results with analysts, Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines was asked” What kind of distribution cost savings might there be out there?” His response was very unnerving for travel agents and the GDS:” We’re still paying much higher levels of commission and booking fees, and a lot that […]

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Top Apple Travel Downloads

With Apple approaching 1 billion in downloaded apps, I thought it would be good time to take a look at the top 5 most popular free and paid travel apps on iTunes PAID.1. Flight Track – this application from Mobiata is similar to Web based applications such as Flight Stats, but produced by a small […]

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10 top things to do in the South Downs

Sussex local Annabelle Thorpe recommends what to see and do in Britain’s new national park The South Downs are often referred to as the lungs of south-east England; a much-needed swathe of countryside backed by the ever-broadening coastal sprawl. Sandwiched between London and the south coast, the rolling hills, pretty villages and beautiful landscapes have […]

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Innovation in Online Travel

I am working with Bob Offutt this year screening applicants for the PhoCusWright Innovation Summit in November. This effort has triggered some thoughts about how innovation comes to the market as well as the danger to companies that lack innovation. From 1989-1995 I worked at Sun Microsystems. Part of management training at Sun was reading […]