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As I write this quarter's newsletter the leaves are falling, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting cooler and shorter here in Europe. Yes, autumn is once again with us and it is time to turn our attention to the busiest quarter in the travel year.
I cannot believe that World Travel Market is just around the corner and that this will be my 32nd year of attending the show! Where does the time go? Anyhow, I am sure that many of you are now starting to plan your meetings and diaries accordingly and I very much look forward to meeting many of you there as we will once again be in situ at the TTI Tech Café which can be found in the top left hand corner of the WTM Technology showcase section of the show. So come along and say hello and join us for a well-earned cup of coffee!
As chairman I am very happy to report to you all that 2015 has been another great year for TTI and that our membership continues to grow year on year. This I guess is testament in itself to the quality of the events that we continue to put on and the fact that we continue to manage to do these at an affordable price for all members through their low cost annual membership fee and for all attendees accordingly. I am also thrilled to report that our TTIcodes project is also now gaining real momentum within the industry which just goes to show the level of importance of this very important initiative. You can read more about TTIcodes in the newsletter or on the website.
Looking back to our autumn conference that was held on Monday the 21st of September at the Strand Palace Hotel entitled “Digital Transformation”, we once again had a great turn-out with some really top-notch speakers who gave us all a true insight into this fascinating subject and one that is now affecting all businesses and, more importantly, the customers that we seek to attract and serve. I must also give thanks and gratitude to our three sponsors of this event; ATCORE, Thunderhead and Adstream who each gave superb presentations on each of their subjects and gave us all much to think about when it comes to Digital Transformation and how this is truly transforming everyone’s lives.
Moving on to our upcoming winter forum event which will once again take place in conjunction with World Travel Market on Monday November 2 entitled “The WTM Travel Innovation Summit; ” we have once again lined-up some leading speakers who will be discussing and debating innovative products, processes and services that are now starting to emerge. Details of this event are now available on the website, so don’t delay and register today to make sure your place is reserved.
And finally… as far as the latest technology in travel is concerned, I am now personally convinced that we are about to enter a whole new era of how travel is both sourced and bought over the Internet. Just last week I learnt that Terry Jones who was formerly at Sabre, Travelocity and one of the founders of Kayak is now starting a whole new business venture in the USA called Wayblaze.com. This very clever initiative has been born on the back of IBM Watson’s cognitive learning program. The principle is based around the fact that internet search as we know it today can be at times a very time consuming and laborious exercise. However, using the power of IBM Watson’s cognitive learning approach, Wayblaze can now train the computer to better match your exact needs and requirements once it knows a little more about you, thereby taking away the pain of general search and delivering far more exacting travel and tourism products and services that better match you need.
So that’s it from me for now but in the meantime, I trust that your businesses are all doing well and I look forward to meeting with many of you at World Travel Market in a few weeks’ time.
Please note that the new address for TTI is:
22 Green Court
All other details remain the same
Read our Newsletter - dated October 2015
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