May 30th, 2013
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Virgin passenger spaceship makes powered test flight

The powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert lasted 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.

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January 4th, 2013
August 20th, 2012
Google generates about $2 billion to $3 billion per year from selling travel-related ads on its search engine and hotel- and flight-booking service, with travel sites Expedia Inc. EXPE -1.15% and Priceline Inc. being among the top advertisers, according to Herman Leung, a stock analyst at Susquehanna International Group LLP.
July 13th, 2012

Robo Pricing

Found on Neil Perkin’s Only Dead Fish: “There was something of a kerfuffle recently when it became public knowledge that travel website Orbitz were recommending different price ranges of hotels based on the user’s operating system. Data mining had told them that Mac users typically pay a premium of upto 30% on a night’s stay so they were using data to improve content recommendation, and in the process their chances of selling products at premium prices.

Dynamic personalisation of content based on data is nothing new of-course. Amazon does it all the time, generating highly customised pages that pull on your purchase history and other data making it highly unlikely that any two of Amazon’s millions of customers will see the same home page when they’re logged in (a remarkable thing, if you stop to think about it). Systems that optimise decision-making around merchandising and pricing by modelling the result of individual discounts or promotional changes are also not new. 

But whilst Orbitz may not have been showing different prices for the same goods to different customers, it seems that a growing…read on.”

September 7th, 2011

86 Futurist Video-Podcasts on iTunes

Gerd Leonhard’s keynotes, speeches, presentations and think-tanks are renowned for his hard-hitting and provocative yet inspiring and motivational style. With over 750 engagements in 37 countries during the past 7 years, Gerd has addressed over 250.000 executives and professionals, and is considered a key influencer. He has now made many live video recordings of his speeches as well as some special lecture videos available for free on iTunes. Enjoy!

July 6th, 2011

Gerd Leonhard: The Consumer of Tomorrow (by GoogleAustralia during Google’s Think Travel, June 30th, 2011, Sydney) - This is a brand-new and very nicely produced video - a big thank-you to Google Australia for making it available so quickly. If you are in the travel business, do make sure to watch this video, and check out the other speakers and their presentations, as well.