Michael and I have just returned from the PhoCusWright Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the online travel industry’s annual “must-attend” event, bigger and better attended this year than any in the past. Priceline’s $1.8bn acquisition of Kayak — highly relevant to us — was the talk of the show, and it would be reasonable to say that there currently exists a very optimistic feeling in the online travel space.
The first day of the Conference is the Innovation Summit: Rome2rio was among 30 presenters fighting for acclaim, and I’m pleased to advise we won the People’s Choice Award, presented to the company which polled the most votes from the 500+ attendees at the Summit.
You can see Michael’s presentation here (an 8 minute presentation plus another two of questions from the on-stage critics). As a result we had numerous discussions with potential licensees of the R2R platform, including GDSs, OTAs, vacation rental specialists and a variety of players in the business and corporate travel space.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1j7sHWOjAE]
Feedback from these companies and the many others we talked to during our US visit will help us refine and extend the R2R platform over the coming months. Stay tuned for more…