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Tnooz: BOOT on Lonely Planet on Tnooz

Tnooz: BOOT on Lonely Planet on Tnooz

By second post for Tnooz is live titled “Tips for what Lonely Planet should do next”. Contains some background on Lonely Planet’s online plans over the last few years, the online and brand vision from new CEO Matt Goldberg and my recommendations on what else they could do.

Displacement Calculation

Displacement Calculation

Are your contracted non-yieldable segments adding to your bottom line? Or are they displacing revenues that can be generated by selling public transient rates?

Expedia and Choice Hotels: Spencer Has His Say

Expedia and Choice Hotels: Spencer Has His Say

In Part Two of our Ghosts of the Internet Past interviews, we caught up with former Expedia executive Spencer Rascoff. Spencer is now the Chief Operating Office of real estate website Zillow.com but was ran hotel supplier relations during the IHG/Expedia stand-off six years ago

Choice Hotels and Expedia: Former IHG Exec Jim Young Strolls Down Memory Lane

Choice Hotels and Expedia: Former IHG Exec Jim Young Strolls Down Memory Lane

As we discussed earlier, all of the relevant parties to the last major public flare-up between an OTA and a major brand (Expedia and IHG) have moved on to new challenges. However, we’ve tracked the two key witnesses down, and they both have agreed to discuss the current situation between Choice and Expedia.

Twitter Lists: Don’t be Greedy, Be Picky

Twitter Lists: Don’t be Greedy, Be Picky

The newest marketing opportunity presented by Twitter is Twitter lists. The new tool makes it easy to create lists of people you are following and to share those lists (if desired) with others.

Where is the Apple of Online Travel?

Where is the Apple of Online Travel?

The title of the latest column by Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard in Digital Rules is called “Will the entrepreneur boom miss the U.S.?” He writes about some similarities between the crash and recovery in the 1970’s and the situation today, but what is more interesting is his comment that what otherwise was a dismal decade was saved by innovation and entrepreneurship, marked by such significant start-ups like FedEx, Genentech, Southwest Airlines, Apple and more.