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As the nights get longer and the days shorter here in the Northern hemisphere, it is once again time to reflect on a great year thus far for TTI and to let you know what we have been doing and all of the good things that we have planned over the months to come.
As I go into my fourth year as chairman of TTI, it firstly gives me great pleasure to report to you all that our membership numbers have grown more in the past 18 months than at any other time in or organisations history. We must therefore be doing something right ... Personally I put this down to the fact that because technology is now by far the single most powerful differentiator for organisational competitiveness and the sustainablility of enterprises, here at TTI we continue to bring together through our conferences, our projects, our networking and educational events, the very best technical minds that our industry has to offer. We therefore offer a great forum for people to exchange ideas and to learn from each other, and more importantly we continue to do all of this at a very competitive rate being a 'Not-for-Profit' - 'For the Industry by the Industry' organisation.
Secondly, having experienced all of our own conferences and also having personally chaired a number of other travel conferences this past year around the world, it is now very clear to me that mobile and 'Big Data' are set to dominate all that travel companies focus on over the coming months. 'Amazonisation' of business is something that we should all now be focussing on i.e. the ability to deliver unprecedented customer service in a highly personalised way, at the right time, in the right place and over the right device, using client and visitor data, is the key to future prosperity. Digital Eco-Systems such as Amazon are getting smarter and smarter at becoming the single shopping gateways and we must all take a leaf out of their book if we are to continue to survive and to compete with them in the future.
Looking back to our autumn conference that was held on Tuesday 17th September at the Strand Palace Hotel entitled 'Intermediary Futures' we once again had a great turn-out with some great speakers who probed the subject from various aspects i.e. looking at the wider marketplace and how it may evolve for intermediaries in the future, examining the technology, and hearing from new companies about their business models and learning from principals about what they need from intermediary relationships.
In addition, we held a very successful update meeting on our TTIcodes project during the morning of Thursday 17th October at Travelport's offices in Langley. In all, 37 people attended this event to hear how we are doing with this very important initiative and how it is now gaining real traction as more and more leading travel companies are starting to adopt the standard. We also discussed how this initiative could potentially evolve, by incorporating for example a 'Locales' standardization initiative which in itself attracted much interest and will certainly be something that our project management working group will take forward in due course. The event was kindly sponsored and hosted by Tim Wright at Travelport, so our thanks to Tim and Travelport for making us all very comfortable on the day!
Moving on to our winter forum event with once again took place in conjunction with World Travel Market on Monday 4th November entitled 'The WTM Travel Innovation Summit'. A team of leading speakers discussed innovative products, processes and services that are now starting to emerge.
In the meantime, I trust that your businesses are doing well and I look forward to seeing you at our conference in the Spring.
Travel Technology Europe is Europe's specialist technology exhibition and conference held annually in February at Earls Court London. The event is dedicated to helping travel businesses to grow multichannel revenues and improve business efficiency.
Travel Technology Europe is the place where over 4,500 industry and technology professionals come to find new technology, learn and network. The event enables attendees to connect with senior IT, commercial and marketing professionals from travel agents, tour operators, OTAs and transport providers under one roof.
Please note that the new address for TTI is:
22 Green Court
All other details remain the same
Read our Newsletter - dated October 2013
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