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Update

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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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 […]

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Some Tips for Working on the Road

Ah The City, the beautiful city of San Francisco. As I sit at my 23rd floor hotel room desk looking out the window at the beautiful skyline this morning, I work away on the lap top. Working you say? Clearly the winner over shopping with the wife at Macys Union Square. Not that I don’t […]

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10 things that annoy me when booking holidays online

Today I read a great post on Travelrants called Ten things that annoy me about booking holidays online. Darren made a list of 10 things that annoy him while booking holidays online. It’s clearly the kind of feedback/information people that work for Online Travel Agencies or Hotel Portals would love to gather from their visitors. […]

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Google Chatback: New functionality added to this blog

I’ve always wanted this feature for “Blog on travel” since Google launched “Google Talk”! On our Chatback page our readers are now able to request a live chat with us. There is no need to install Google Talk as your chat client is your browser (firefox, opera, internet explorer, safari). If we are signed in […]