Month: October 2008

T-Myths™ Are the myths just about online travel?

Recently, PhoCusWright published a press release that talked about their most recent consumer research debunking six online travel myths. As usual, PhoCusWright nailed the issues right on the head and have backed them up with research. But I firmly believe that the myths that we need to break down are actually at a much higher […]

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Favorite Quote reminds us to look forward, not get stuck on where we are

“I don’t skate to where the puck is, I skate to where the puck will be.” Wayne Gretzky In the travel industry we’ve been living fat, dumb and happy for the past 30 years, relying on the foundation established by the GDSs in 1978 – selling the core products: air, car and hotel and also […]

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Belated announcement – Never to late to tout success!

If you haven’t checked out our journey planning tool lately, please see what it is possible to accomplish with nothing but sheer entrepreneurial grit and determination! www.roadescapes.com Chicke FitzgeraldCEO Solutionz Group and LeisureLogix

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Hotel performance metrics down year over year – mirroring airline capacity declines

Smith Travel Research reported today that the US Hotel Industry posted declines in two key performance measurements for this past week. Occupancy fell 7.3% to 64.2% and the revenue per available room fell 7.1% to close at $69.76. The average daily room rate stayed fairly steady at a .1% increase to $108.61. Brad Garner, VP […]

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First signs of 4th quarter airline cutbacks are visible

Yesterday in my post, I talked about the year to date ARC statistics from the perspective of the average airfare being up both domestically and internationally. Which, as I stated, was good news for the airlines, but not so good for consumers (unless you fancy that empty center seat that has been popping up more […]

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$71 per barrel for crude – What will it change?

Despite what should have been the busiest travel season of the year, last week Southwest Airlines reported its first quarterly loss in 17 years. Continental and Delta also reported losses, citing high summer fuel costs as the chief culprit. When the fuel costs hit $140 per barrel this summer, most US airline executives kicked into […]

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Economic Downturn – Where do we go from here?

The economic news is bad. The losses are real. The Dow is swinging wildly. People are hurting. The government is having to be the financial sector’s white knight. But watch and wait. It always comes. As sure as day follows night, and summer follows winter, economic downturns are followed by recovery. Job #1 during a […]

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Solutionz and Mandala Research are launching a new syndicated research project

Solutionz and Mandala Research have teamed up to leverage the Solutionz Group’s strong distribution expertise and Mandala’s deep experience evaluating consumer behavior. Watch for this new research report in early 2009, which will provide a comprehensive picture of the drive market from both the consumer perspective and from the travel industry’s viewpoint. The drive market […]

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IS EXECUTION ENOUGH TO FUEL INNOVATION? Comment on Timothy O’Neil-Dunne’s article on “Technology is great, but it’s the how that matters”

In a recent article in 4Hoteliers.com, Timothy O’Neil-Dunne (who incidentally is my former partner, and knows me quite well) made the following observation, focusing on how we frequently fall in love with technology, yet “see it parked on a shelf”. He segued from a discussion about smart phones, Blackberry, the iPod, right into the following […]

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Innovation requires risk and a dash of entrepreneurial spirit

Today as we face a challenging economy and ever increasing belt-tightening, there is an unfortunate consequence on our industry. Innovation is being quashed. No one planned for this to happen. But happen, it has. The innovations over the last few years have been incremental at best. The GDS firms, once the innovation leaders of our […]

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