The Tech Show

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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 floor.

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 excellent.

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 successful.

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 Hosek.

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 there.

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.

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