I schvitzed a ton, but it was rewarding.

August 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

by Tony

A cool 84 degrees. 45% humidity.  Ah, it’s nice to be home in New York where, “These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you.”  Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed last week’s Texas hospitality in Houston, but it’s nice to be able to step outside without instantly turning into a schvitz monster – man that place was hot.

As always, it was great to connect with old friends, customers, and partners and meet new ones as well. If memory serves me, and at my age that is not a guarantee, I think I’ve been to 16 NBTA conventions, however this one was particularly rewarding. The significance didn’t strike me until I was sitting at Monday’s CEO Panel covering the Travel Value Chain.

As the session was described on the NBTA site, “With a brutal recession giving way to a fragile recovery, what are the prospects for the travel business in 2011?  How will business models evolve, can profitability be assured throughout the travel supply chain, and what innovations will provide enduring value?  Get a glimpse in to the future of the industry from the CEOs of major travel suppliers as they address these questions and more in a lively, no holds barred exchange!”

The panel consisted of the CEOs from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travelport, Southwest Airlines, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Here is the exhilarating part. As if we had an in with the session organizer (which we didn’t), Rearden Commerce announced significant milestones or partnerships with three of these companies (hint: click on the links in the previous sentence to find out more) during the week of the show. Although none of these leaders directly referenced Rearden Commerce in their remarks, they did reference these key initiatives for which Rearden Commerce will be providing the underlying technology. I couldn’t help but smile and think, “this is gonna be a great NBTA.” And, three days and 17 changes of clothes later, it certainly was.

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