|By Marketwired .||
|September 25, 2012 03:59 PM EDT||
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/25/12 -- The take on the travel industry as gleaned from the recent American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) conference in Los Angeles this month was as encouraging as anything the travel industry has heard so far this year: travel bookings are up from their recession lows -- inching toward their 2007 levels; tours are moving away from large, cookie-cutter group models to small groups with tight, customized itineraries; and cruises are more affordable than ever with more add-on components than ever.
Tours.com's Travel-Intel reported from the conference with a full analysis in the latest issue that went out this week to more than 100,000 travel agents in the U.S. and Canada who sell international travel and book the hotels, tours and cruises represented at this annual gathering of the travel industry. Travel-Intel reports that luxury cruises will see more of the all-inclusive model as well as enhanced departure port programs; hotels are more focused on design elements as a force of branding; river cruising is on the rise; and tour companies are working to deepen the immersion experience for guests.
The current issue of Travel-Intel also features articles on world tourism, which is set to hit 1 billion by 2013. Another article focuses on Cruise lines, which are trending toward shorter and less expensive itineraries to attract passengers who have limited vacation time or a last minute interest in taking a cruise. The world's hottest hotels, according to the prestigious Virtuoso group of travel agents, are revealed in another article. Top properties are noted by category, including the best hotels for spas, best hotels for families, and best hotels for social responsibility.
Sea Song, a company specializing in travel to Turkey, is profiled in the latest Travel-Intel. The company offers unusual spins on Turkey, including the chance for guests to tour Ephesus alone without any other tourists around, or to trek the lyceum, snowshoe in the winter heights of Cappadocia, or spending a week on a private vessel in a sailing along Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The company is a member of the Kurtz-Ahlers collection of exclusive resorts, spas and travel lines.
Finally, Travel-Intel offers a vetted list of stellar apps for Smartphone, pad and tablet that travelers should not be without while on the road.
Travel-Intel tracks trends in travel and is sent to 100,000 travel agents in North America. Experienced journalists who travel the globe for the latest news in the industry, whether from conferences, destination tours, transport reviews or hospitality stays, write the articles in Travel-Intel. The travel publication then posts on Tours.com for those seeking answers through Tours.com's official directory of tour companies and travel information.
Current features and archives can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.
"The world of travel can be a complicated landscape," says Lark Ellen Gould, content director for Travel-Intel and Tours.com. "We look at all the components of the travel industry and speak to the leaders in their sectors to keep our readers current with the industry they sell."
Gould, a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, brings her incisive perspective to the publication and emails it twice monthly to more than 100,000+ travel agent subscribers in the U.S. and Canada, before posting those stories on Tours.com.
About Tours.com: Tours.com since 1995 -- The Official Directory of Tours & Vacations Worldwide. Tours.com has a deep and searchable database of vacation and tour companies searchable by company name, destination and/or activity. A comprehensive one-stop Travel Resource section, plus the Find A Travel Agent Specialist search allows one to search for travel agents with in-depth knowledge in their chosen specialty.
President & CEO
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. 8th International Big Data Expo, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. As advanced data storage, access and analytics technologies aimed at handling high-volume and/or fast moving data all move center stage, aided by the cloud computing bo...
May. 22, 2015 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,066
The 5th International DevOps Summit, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo – being held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the...
May. 22, 2015 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,716
Data-intensive companies that strive to gain insights from data using Big Data analytics tools can gain tremendous competitive advantage by deploying data-centric storage. Organizations generate large volumes of data, the vast majority of which is unstructured. As the volume and velocity of this unstructured data increases, the costs, risks and usability challenges associated with managing the unstructured data (regardless of file type, size or device) increases simultaneously, including end-to-...
May. 22, 2015 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 4,009
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding bu...
May. 22, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,929
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing...
May. 22, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,498
Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced a series of new features and functional enhancements to better support the growing number of customers leveraging its virtual data pipeline technology in support of DevOps use cases. While infrastructure is increasingly seen as a commodity inside large enterprises, applications – where the technology touches the business – are becoming more strategic. Managing the flow of data that powers those applications presents a range of cha...
May. 22, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,552
Cloud services are the newest tool in the arsenal of IT products in the market today. These cloud services integrate process and tools. In order to use these products effectively, organizations must have a good understanding of themselves and their business requirements. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Brian Lewis, Principal Architect at Verizon Cloud, outlined key areas of organizational focus, and how to formalize an actionable plan when migrating applications and internal services to the ...
May. 22, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,415
Most companies hope for rapid growth so it's important to invest in scalable core technologies that won't demand a complete overhaul when a business goes through a growth spurt. Cloud technology enables previously difficult-to-scale solutions like phone, network infrastructure or billing systems to automatically scale based on demand. For example, with a virtual PBX service, a single-user cloud phone service can easily transition into an advanced VoIP system that supports hundreds of phones and ...
May. 22, 2015 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,595
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @Things...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,462
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use c...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,642
The recent trends like cloud computing, social, mobile and Internet of Things are forcing enterprises to modernize in order to compete in the competitive globalized markets. However, enterprises are approaching newer technologies with a more silo-ed way, gaining only sub optimal benefits. The Modern Enterprise model is presented as a newer way to think of enterprise IT, which takes a more holistic approach to embracing modern technologies.
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,801
DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developmen...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,999
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
May. 22, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,689
“Oh, dev is dev and ops is ops, and never the twain shall meet.” With apoloies to Rudyard Kipling and all of his fans, this describes the early state of the two sides of DevOps. Yet the DevOps approach is demanded by cloud computing, as the speed, flexibility, and scalability in today's so-called “Third Platform” must not be hindered by the traditional limitations of software development and deployment. A recent report by Gartner, for example, says that 25% of Global 2000 companies will b...
May. 22, 2015 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,604
Software-driven innovation is becoming a primary approach to how businesses create and deliver new value to customers. A survey of 400 business and IT executives by the IBM Institute for Business Value showed businesses that are more effective at software delivery are also more profitable than their peers nearly 70 percent of the time (1). DevOps provides a way for businesses to remain competitive, applying lean and agile principles to software development to speed the delivery of software that ...
May. 22, 2015 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 6,247