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The Perfect Travel Website

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The Perfect Travel Website Seeking the perfect travel website is a bit like seeking the Holy Grail. A long, usually fruitless endeavor. But if the perfect travel website is ever built, we’re pretty sure “they will come.” And maybe the website that Fi designed is it. For now, at best, most if not all travel web sites are pretty “ho ... Read More »

Travel, or Refrigerators and Stoves?

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Travel, or Refrigerators and  Stoves So, it was an easy chat with a friend who knew I had something to do with the travel biz. He knew I traveled. He knew I produced content (videos, Audio PostCards, travel news reports, trends) for our own site, New Media Travel,  Technorati Travel,  Tripatini, and others. But he was fixated on the actual ... Read More »

Data Darwinism: Good, Bad and Ugly Reviews, and Who Writes Them

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Data Darwinism: Good, Bad and Ugly Reviews, and Who Writes Them Reviews do matter, but what seems to matter more is who writes them, and the question, can they be predicted? And it seems Airbnb is saying, “yes.” Booking an Airbnb place anywhere can be a 50-50 proposition, but it’s the very unpredictability and rich individuality of each place that ... Read More »

Making Business Travelers Happy

Making Business Travelers Happy Business road warriors have at least this much in common with ET: Calling home while away is their top priority. But it seems in the 21st century, just hearing a voice on the telephone no longer suffices. And that means they expect free Internet connections. The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) says it very clearly: “Being able ... Read More »

Social Media’s Big Data Puts the Fun Back in Travel

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Social Media’s Big Data Puts the Fun Back in Travel “Big Data” derived from social media has almost become a buzz word in decision-making, product-innovation circles. Now, a report coming out of Amadeus, a technology company that provides IT solutions to the travel and tourism industry, says that big data is poised to “shape the future of the travel industry.” ... Read More »

Collaborative Consumption: Where Travel Access Trumps Ownership

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Collaborative Consumption: Where Travel Access Trumps Ownership In a very compelling article somewhere in Lonely Planet’s Blog, Vivek Wagle, head of content and marketing at Airbnb makes the compelling argument for “collaborative consumption,” the basic business and ethical underpinning of his wildly successful “places to stay” service and website. Basically, he points, we are living in a world of “social accommodation ... Read More »

TMS Family Travel Summit Predicts Vacations Must Change As Families Change

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TMS Family Travel Summit Predicts Vacations Must Change As Families Change By Kyle McCarthy (Image/the women of the Family Travel Summit/TMS: Orlando With demand for family-friendly summer vacation destinations,  multigenerational accommodations and organized tours at an all-time high according to industry sources, the moms behind the first TMS Family Travel Summit decided to look at what “family travel” really means. ... Read More »

Visual Storytelling Critical for Social Media Success

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Visual Storytelling Critical for Social Media Success If it’s true that 1-minute of video is worth 1.8 million words, then hotels and travel destinations may have found the “holy grail” that converts the grazing online process of looking at hotels, to actually booking them. And there isn’t a hotel or destination in the world that isn’t seeking the business alchemy ... Read More »

The End of the Frustrating Booking Process?

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New Social Technologies Demand Online Travel Agents Deliver Better Service USAToday reported that online travel companies “lag behind e-commerce retailers…in delivering a positive consumer experience.” No surprise here. For anyone who has tried booking travel that involves a flight more complicated than flying from Point A to Point B, the explanation is obvious. And it’s obvious even for those who ... Read More »

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