n a few weeks, I and my colleagues
from Travel Weekly will head to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at
Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
I've never been to any Disney park, and I must say I am curious
about what has become the epitome of popular vacation culture for
millions of people in the U.S.
We're not headed to Lake Buena Vista just for fun, though. From
April 29 to May 1, Travel Weekly's Conference on Internet Travel is
being held at the Coronado Springs Resort. (I'm just hoping to work
in a little free time at Disney.)
Inside the conference rooms and auditorium, the industry's
experts in Internet technology will enlighten the rest of us on
everything from Web-based alternatives to the CRSs to suppliers on
the Web and to Web site hosting -- with plenty more in between.
I'm especially interested in the panel discussion called
Enriching That Web Site and in the seminars called Web Site
Promotion -- With Gusto and Skills for the On-Line World.
Hal Rosenbluth is the show's keynote speaker, and I am really
looking forward to meeting him and hearing what he has to say.
Other big names in the line-up of speakers include Philip Wolf
of PhoCusWright; Ron Andruff of Fare1.com; Bernard Frelat of eurovacations.com; Deslie Webb of eGulliver; Richard
Eastman of the Eastman Group; Richard Meadows of Carnival Corp, and
David Vis, a former Travel Weekly technology editor who is now with
As always, Travel Weekly will provide the Consultant's Arcade,
where delegates can sign up to talk in person with industry experts
like attorney Mark Pestronk, for example.
The consultation is provided at no cost to delegates. This year,
Travel Weekly Crossroads is sponsoring the arcade, so those of you
attending the show will probably see me milling around that part of
By the way, anyone who needs more information on the Internet
Travel show can call (800) 889-5254 or click Special Reports on the
menu bar at the top of this page.
As for spending a bit of free time at Disney World ... my
coworkers and I will try to find enough time to visit the theme
parks, the water parks and the swimming pools -- plus there's the
dining and nightlife to think about. Sounds like a lot for three
days, eh? Well, somebody's got to do it.
Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly,
TWcrossroads and Travel Management Daily.