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How the travel industry Will save the world

How the travel industry Will save the world

When approached to become one of the initial contributors to Tnooz I was understandably flattered and naturally began thinking about my first post.  What is my agenda for the site, what do I say, what is my voice, my goal, my cause, what will I write about?  Those of you who know me well are already aware of what drives my personal ambition as well as my writing:  travel, technology and the environment.

Corporate travel management and travel practices in China

Corporate travel management and travel practices in China

The report with the same title published earlier this year by PhoCusWright and Amadeus IT Group is based on extensive research with over one hundred corporate executives responsible for travel procurement decisions in their companies and paints a picture of a corporate travel market with a significantly different behavior pattern from the rest of the world when it comes to planning, purchasing and accounting for travel services. The reasons for these differences are mainly cultural and will not be changed overnight.

Google Launches Place Pages for Google Maps

Google Launches Place Pages for Google Maps

Google has enhanced the functionality of Google Maps with an exciting new tool – Place Pages for Google Maps. Each Place Page has all the relevant information – photos, videos, reviews, related websites, popular attractions, maps, directions, etc. – listed on one single page.

Travel insights 100 launches first survey, “All about Twitter”

Travel insights 100 launches first survey, “All about Twitter”

On Monday, September 21, 1009, Travel Insights 100 officially launched, it is officially described as a partnership between UpTake, Sentias and BootsnAll Travel Network. But it is more than that, it is really a partnership of 100 members interested in learning about and informing others about all aspects of travel.

Barbados Month: Totally Barbados glitters at the World Travel Awards

Barbados Month: Totally Barbados glitters at the World Travel Awards

Totally Barbados is a classic online success story - a website that started small but has grown a mass following. It capped a year of unprecedented success last December by winning “World’s Leading Travel Destination Website” at the 2008 World Travel Awards Grand Final in Turks & Caicos. So how did the site for all things Barbados do it?

Tapping the network – business implications of social media

Tapping the network – business implications of social media

Respondents to a recent survey published by Beresford Research ranked social networking as more important than reading books or watching TV. It is no secret that social networking is a popular use of our time. Respondents spend an average of 22 hours per week on social networking sites. Yet, some still remain skeptical of social networking’s value to commerce.

Online travel is as strong as ever

Online travel is as strong as ever

Travel Web sites are performing well in the midst of the broader travel industry downturn. PhoCusWright’s Online Traffic and Conversion Report, a new study conducted in partnership with Compete Inc., shows that monthly traffic and conversion is up in almost all travel categories in the second quarter of 2009, compared to the same quarter of previous years.

Boston up in arms over Hyatt housekeeping firings

Boston up in arms over Hyatt housekeeping firings

Hyatt Hotels Corp. is in trouble in Boston, with labor protests and calls for boycotts from local authorities and individuals in response to Hyatt’s mass firing of 130 housekeepers from the three Hyatt hotels in Boston – the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge, and Hyatt Harborside Hotel.