he Wild Horse Saloon was rockin' --
western style! Music was blasting through the place, two bars and
buffets were open and people were whooping it up on the dance
A couple busloads of us descended on the Downtown Disney
nightspot to party, courtesy of Galileo, at Travel Weekly's
Internet Travel 2001 conference in Orlando a few weeks ago.
The CRS vendor was one of our sponsors, and its staff
orchestrated a terrific night for everyone following the first day
of the show.
Earlier that day, most conference attendees participated in
seminars. I went to Dave Spinelli's Skills for the On-Line World,
and to Chelle Yarbrough's Newsletters in the E-mail Mode. Both were
And what a great keynote speech by Hal Rosenbluth. (If you
haven't read our news coverage of the conference, click here, or select Special Reports from the Menu
Bar up top.)
Hal focused on people. He said that the "e" in e-commerce ought
to stand for emotional. Make no mistake, he told us, technology
will come and go, but people are the key.
As our technology editor, Dennis Schaal, reported, Hal gives the
power to the people. It's no wonder the Rosenbluth business is so
We've had a lot of good feedback about the 2001 show. For my
part, I learned some new things, gained new perspectives and made
new friends in the industry.
Thanks to all of our sponsors -- Galileo, Global Matrix,
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Amadeus, i:FAO, Sabre,
GRSnetwork, TravelSafe.com and McBride Baker & Coles.
Also, many thanks to all of our panelists and our four
moderators -- Richard Eastman, Philip Wolf, Mat Orrego and Eric
Our gratitude also to Disney, which provided the reporting staff
with park-hopper tickets. We didn't get to see half what we wanted
to, but we spent one evening at Epcot and had a wonderful time
We had dinner at the Rose & Crown pub in Epcot's Great
Britain section and watched the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
closing event. It was spectacular -- lasers, fireworks and giant
torches all choreographed to music.
In 2002, we take our technology show to Chicago. Mark your
calendars for May 21 to 23.
Donna Tunney is executive editor of Travel Weekly,
TWcrossroads and Travel Management Daily.