Michael Coletta

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Phocuswright Conference 2015: Battleground and Travel Innovation Summit Roundup

I recently wrote a roundup article on Phocuswright’s Battleground and Travel Innovation Summit from the November 2015 conference. Summary: Since 2008, The Travel Innovation Summit(TIS) at The Phocuswright Conference has provided a platform for a select group of industry visionaries to promote their ideas globally, gaining new partners, customers and suppliers in the process. And they’ve received monetary support. As […]

OTA Chapter: U.S. Online Travel Overview Report Fifteenth Edition

I recently wrote the OTA chapter for Phocuswright’s U.S. Online Travel Overview Report Fifteenth Edition. Summary: The OTA arms race continued to heat up in 2015 as Expedia moved ahead with acquisitions of Travelocity (closed January 2015), Orbitz (closed September 2015), and HomeAway (planned to close 1Q16). Despite strong opposition from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the DOJ […]

Metasearch: The Leaders, the Future, and the Impact on Travel Distribution

I recently wrote this report on travel metasearch for Phocuswright. Summary: After posting a banner year in 2014, metasearch continues to sizzle. While TripAdvisor, Google, Kayak, Trivago and Skyscanner are generally recognized as the leaders in the space, smaller players as well as non-travel behemoths such as Amazon and Alibaba are getting into the game. This […]

The 2nd annual Travel+SocialGood Summit is happening 10/24/14

The TRAVEL+SOCIALGOOD SUMMIT aims to congregate the travel/tech community and inspire action for social good. The day will be part inspiration, part brainstorm, with the goal of identifying great ideas and, most importantly, formulating a concrete plan to act on when we leave the room that day. This is not just talk! In partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, JetBlue, The Nature Conservancy, Jolt Innovation, and MIT publication […]

Travel 2.0 Featuring Tourlandish and Zairge 7/24/14

I’ve been extra busy lately helping to  run the DreamIt Ventures Startup Accelerator summer 2014 program in NY, and I’m happy to present two of the companies in the program at this Travel 2.0: Tourlandish and Zairge. Details here: http://www.meetup.com/Travel20/events/195842222/

Travel Tech Talk featuring David Pavelko (Google) and Drew Patterson (Room77) 5/28/14

The Travel Tech Talk series, hosted by Gillian Morris, is dedicated to bringing the leaders in the travel space into dialogue with startup/innovation community. Each features a half hour fireside chat between two travel industry leaders, a Q & A session with the audience, and informal drinks & nibbles before and after. David Pavelko, Head of Travel at Google, and Drew Patterson, CEO of […]

Travel 2.0 @ The NY TravFest this Saturday 4/26/14

This Saturday I’ll be hosting a full-day Travel 2.0 session at the 2nd annual NY Travel Festival. “Travel 2.0 @ #NYTF” is a full-day event packed with informative presentations and panel discussions exploring what’s next in the travel industry. The event offers a unique opportunity for travel startups to showcase what they are working on to […]

Travel 2.0 Boston this Thursday 3/20/14

This Thursday March 20th, another co-hosted Travel 2.0 Boston event will be run by Gillian Morris of Hitlist. She’s put together an amazing travel tech talk featuring Adam Medros, TripAdvisor’s VP of Product, and Giorgos Zacharia, CTO and CPO at KAYAK. They’ll be discussing what’s next in this industry and how you may be able […]

Interesting Travel Tech Trends Of 2014: Mobile

Many travel tech predictions are made at the close of one year and beginning of another. I find it interesting and useful to look at trends a couple of months into a new year to see how things are taking shape. Here is the first of five travel technology trends that I believe will cause real […]

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