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Audio: Panel exploring Boston's online travel cluster

Posted by Scott Kirsner  December 21, 2009 07:30 AM

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At the Vilna Shul on Beacon Hill last week, I moderated a panel of three executives from Boston's online travel cluster: Jeremy Wertheimer, chief executive of ITA Software, Dena Yahya, director of revenue management at TripAdvisor, and Mark Watkins, chief executive of Goby

We talked about:

- What each company has been focusing on in 2009
- Travel trends for 2010
- Their favorite new travel sites
- Facebook and iPhone apps for travel
- What Google may (or may not) do in the travel space
- How the economy has affected consumers' travel behavior and purchase decisions.

Here's the MP3 audio file, or you can just click play below. (Running time: 50 mins. Questions from the audience were un-miked. Sorry.)

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