Which comes first, technology and innovation or market demands and consumer necessity? Of course, in marketing 101, they tell you to listen to the voice of the customer and to develop products that meet the customer’s needs. Certainly, this happens and is the norm for much of today’s product development; but would we have the Internet, browsers, the iPod and the iPhone if this was always the case?
It’s always hard saying ‘adieu’ to a co-founder but it’s especially painful in this case for me to bid Elliott goodbye.
When Yen first pulled me into UpTake almost 3 years ago, I decided to commit my money and my time to working with a friend of over 10 years. That’s a rare opportunity, and its been one of the best startup teams I’ve been part of.
Today, Priceline announced a new insurance product which protects against, among other things, job loss due to a layoff or involuntary termination.
As far as opening up Cuba for travel is concerned, the US Treasury is distinctly off-key with the notes being sounded by the White House and Congress.
Your destination marketing organization (DMO) benefits from the stories your guests tell about their experiences in your region. That’s part of what makes tech savvy travel writers and content creators of all sorts (think video, audio, photos too!) such an important part of your marketing effort.
The Adventure Travel World Summit is on October 19-22, 2009 in historic Quebec City. I’ll be attending this year as a speaker focusing on Social media and distribution systems for the adventure segment.
This is a time when check-in desks at airports are being eliminated in favor of online check-in and hotels tout virtual concierge systems where guests don’t have to deal with any human staff during the stay, from check-in to checkout. But one man apparently didn’t get the memo.
It’s the third quarter of a turbulent 2009 and PhoCusWright subscribers are looking to keep an eye on the financial performance of the online travel market.
United has come out with their latest offering in the ever creative world of airline fees: the all-you-can-eat plan for checked baggage. For $249 a year, United will allow you to check up to two bags (normally $20 and $30 for the 1st and 2nd bags) for a whole year. Any hangers-on (up to eight) in the same reservation also benefit from the deal. Think of how much the Eight-is-Enough family would have saved had this been around in their day.
As recession conditions linger, the travel industry continues to seek out ways to reach, and excite, its audience into parting with discretionary dollars. American Airlines thinks food could be that special ingredient.
The hunt for an official scapegoat to blame for Chicago’s botched bid for the 2016 Olympics is over, and the villians of the story are now Homeland Security and the TSA.