Connecting to Content

22 September 2009

Strand Palace Hotel – London

Never has the travel industry been more inter-connected than it is today.   No longer do travel companies just rely on selling their own content.   The technology is in now in place to allow the industry to widely, electronically distribute products to everyone’s commercial benefit.

There are two main types of content to which one can connect, both critical to the success of travel companies.

Firstly, availability and pricing – many tour operators and dynamic packagers are no longer satisfied with just contracting and selling their own limited range of products.   They can supplement this by connecting to travel principals such as airlines and hotel chains or to aggregators such as bedbanks who can provide a single feed to multiple principals.   Further along the value chain, those same operators and dynamic packagers are feeding their content to aggregators who are providing feeds to agents.

Secondly, rich content – consumers, connected to high-speed broadband, are expecting detailed and comprehensive multi-media content to help them choose the products they wish to book.   Video is becoming the norm, mapping is now commonplace, customer reviews are prevalent.   Many travel companies simply cannot afford to assemble this rich content and so are looking to specialist providers to supply this.

The opportunities to connect to content are numerous but there are issues to be tackled.   Which content is right for your business?   How do you cope with duplication from multiple connections?   What are the technological implications?   What are the commercial implications?

At this event, these issues and more were tackled head-on.

Click on the presentation title to download:

brian_young_h150Connectivity Re-Shaping the Industry
Brian Young, Group Sales Director, On Holiday Group

Compelling Content makes for Content Customers
Idit Gazit-Berger, Solutions Specialist, Bing Maps for Enterprise

Compelling Video Content
Dave Howard, Managing Director, Trailstream

What we do and why
Humphrey Sheil, Chief Technology Officer, Comtec Group

Connecting to Content
John McQuillan, Chief Executive Officer, OpenJaw Technologies

Connecting to Content
Colin McKee, Sales Director, TravelTainment UK

paul_speakman_h150A Travel Agent’s Tale
Paul Speakman, IT Director, Travel Counsellors

Connecting with the Future
Tim Russell, Managing Director, Amadeus UK & Ireland

Other Speakers were:

John Wales, Managing Director, Encore Tickets

Jesper With-Fogstrup, Senior Director, GTA by Travelport

Jim Menge, Vice President Technical Sales, Wandrian

This event was kindly sponsored by:

comtec_50pc         openjaw-1

traveltainment_50pc-1         wandrian

Find out more in the report by Linda Fox in our Newsletter – November 2009