NEWS FROM OUR CHAIRMAN TIM WRIGHT

December 5, 2016 12:17 pm

I am sure you will share with me in sorrow that Peter Dennis has had to resign from the Chairmanship of TTI with immediate effect due to ill health.

Peter has been a great ambassador for TTI and a fantastically energetic Chairman. With his experience and vision of the travel industry and its technology, he has been instrumental in putting TTI on the World stage with trail-blazing initiatives such as TTIcodes.

I will be taking on the role of Chairman from the beginning of November and hope to continue Peter’s work in the same enthusiastic vein. On behalf of TTI and its members, I send Peter all our very best wishes.

There has been a lot happening at TTI since the last newsletter in August. One of the most exciting initiatives is our new TTIplaces project. You can read more about this in the newsletter. The project has been brewing for years with the notion that there is a job to be done standardising place names and locations in a similar way to the standardisation of hotels that has been achieved with TTIcodes. I am very excited about this project and look forward to it being launched very soon.

Talking about very soon, World Travel Market is almost upon us (7-9 November). We will once again be running the WTM Travel Innovation Summit in Association with TTI. More details can be found here.

As last year, we are also delighted that World Travel Market has kept the TTI Tech Cafe with our branding. My thanks to the WTM team for this. The cafe is a great venue for us tech-types to get together over and cup of coffee and, moreover, it is really conveniently located by the Travel Tech Theatre (stand TT390).

At our recent quarterly management meeting we took the decision that we should be more pro-active with our marketing activity with the aim of doubling or tripling our membership over the next few years. At the time of writing we have not yet signed off on a specific plan but hope to do this very soon.

We have our technology projects and our conferences and forums but, most importantly, we have you – our members.

If you have any thoughts of ideas about what TTI could be doing please do get in touch. I can always be reached by email tim.wright@tti.org

With you and all our members in mind perhaps TTI should adopt a new tag line:

Travel Technology Initiative – where travel and technology people meet, share and learn.

What do you think?

Tim Wright

TTI Chairman