Web 2.0 – Over and Out

Posted on March 31, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Is the headline of Peter Rip’s EarlyStageVC blog post. He explains that the leading lights in the VC world are already moving beyond what is now an established phase of the internet, commonly described by the term web 2.0

I especially like his description of the web today resembling MS-DOS more than MS-Windows. I’ve often used the term that compared with telecommunication development we’re somewhere in the phase of the original black rotary phone when it comes to the true future of the web.

This description also applies to online travel and how the planning, researching and booking experience is still in an early stage of development despite all the tools already available. What’s still missing by and large is a truly compelling and easy one stop experience rather than the need to jump from site to site to really get the benefit of all the diverse features available. I wonder when someone will introduce the “ultimate mashup” in travel and who it will be.

How about the DMO of tomorrow?

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Can you elaborate about what you mean by “ultimate mashup”?

Gil,
I would call the ultimate mashup the functionality to book a multiple destination vacation from A to Z without having to go to different sites to collect the necessary data. It’s a site that integrates all the tools to plan, research, and book all components (air, hotel,car/rail, local services) in one single session or if multiple sessions are preferred, with the previously collected information saved for reference. Social networking tools, user generated content, reviews, mapping all would be available right when it’s needed in the process of Dream – Learn – Plan – Go that every travel planner goes through.


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