With the holiday travel season upon us, and Google pushing online travel giants around, the best Orbitz can come up with is a mobile application and a drug store marketing deal. American Airlines is about to pull one of Orbitz’s biggest calling cards and the company is doing research about holiday airport traffic? Just what is up with this online travel giant leaves room for much speculation.
Tripit Still Shines If Not Altogether New
TripIt is without a doubt one of the most useful travel tools yet developed. But, can this fairly limited tool, regardless how slick, remain atop the travel app list forever? With an increased user base via Hotwire TripIt has so far fended off all competition, but one slip is all it will take for the next big thing to steamroll this startup. The larger question is, “Can simple modular applications be stand alone monetization models?”
Dopplr – Almost Off the Radar Now
Dopplr was one of the world’s most innovative and useful online travel tools. Since the Nokia acquisition however, a lot has changed apparently. The site has seen very few noticeable updates, and the user base seems to have fallen off drastically in the last few months. Can Dopplr achieve its former glossy appearance, or is it destined for the “dead pool”?
Where to Find the Best Travel Deals – Whodathunkit?
Argophilia takes a look at the cutting edge of online travel platforms. Today Besttraveldeals comes into view with a community determined to find the best travel prices and value. Despite the site’s community nature, the model does have its drawbacks.
American Airlines Gut Punches Orbitz
Travelport and Orbitz sue American Airlines over intended breakup of ticket sale deal. American wants exclusivity and no competition, while online travel companies demand choice for their customers. In what appears to be a move in protest of Travelport’s Southwest deal, AA aims to leverage their position. Meanwhile, Orbitz stocks tumble when they can afford it least.
Once A Boy Cried Tripwolf – Softly
Tripwolf is one of the most complete and useful online travel tools in the world. With its new iPhone and Facebook integration the service should be at the top of the travel booking heap, but somehow it is not. Regardless, Tripwolf is a complete online travel experience, maybe even the best one yet.
Travel the World on Route66 – Uh – World66
World66 has been a key player in the online travel game for some time. But the cluttered interface and limited user value now call for a major upgrade if the site is to gain traction again.
Why Slovakia Emerges As Investment Mecca
Slovakia, Europe’s most centrally located and one of the world’s fastest growing countries just may be the real estate investment Mecca of 2011. Vast governmental infrastructure projects, a revamping of many dated industries, and an already vibrant economy spell profit. Will Slovakia’s boom real estate market return along with other economic recovery? Why not?
Travelport to Integrate and Reorganize Channels
Travelport announces new integration features as the company gets a new lease on life from investors. Travelport’s leading edge GDS technology is in need of an update, as worldwide travel becomes far more competitive. Blackstone Group’s reservation portal forgoes $2.6 billion in mature loans for now. Will the company integrate and expand its global business?
Welcome to Russia Joins Forces With ASTA
Welcome to Russia joins the elite list of travel companies belonging to the ASTA. According to this latest news, Russia’s leading conduit for travel support joins the world’s largest travel agent association. Russia is set to engage travel and tourism on an unprecedented level.
Puri Beach and Sunny Memories with Dad
The Bay of Bengal holds a million wonders for the visitor. But Puri Beach holds a special place in the lives of so many people who live in India. For one beach comber, a tribute to her father’s favorite seaside destination reveals the spirit of one of India’s most popular attractions.
Welcome to Russia Site Expands to Offer Flight Deals
Welcome to Russia begins offering flight bookings online. Russian apartment brokers, Welcome to Russia have been branching out for some time. Now their services include not only hotel bookings and apartment listings, but flight deals as well. In an obvious move to catch up with western online booking engines, WTR spreads its wings slightly father. The service covers markets from Ukraine to Moldova and former Soviet regions.
Morten Lund to Kick Off WITovation Entrepreneur Bootcamp
Innovation in online travel is powered by ideas and technology. Key investor Morten Lund is scheduled to kick off the inaugural WITovation Entrepreneur Bootcamp in Singapore on October 18th. The much anticipated camp will serve as a springboard for technology innovators, as well as a think thank for the WIT conference.