Monthly Archive: October, 2018

Tnooz will become PhocusWire

Northstar Travel Group is acquiring tnooz and its related assets as part of a plan to further accelerate development of Phocuswright’s fast-growing PhocusWire media property.

Tnooz will be merged with PhocusWire over the course of the remaining months of 2018, with its content archive, many of its signature products and long-standing editorial focus on online travel and travel technology being retained by the PhocusWire team.

Northstar Travel Group is a U.S.-based media company and operates a broad range of leading publications in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, including Travel Weekly (U.S.), Travel Age West, The Beat, WebinTravel, Business Travel News and Meetings & Conventions, as well as Phocuswright and PhocusWire.

The acquisition is another signal of the rapid impact on the travel, tourism and hospitality sector that PhocusWire has achieved in the twelve months since its launch at The Phocuswright Conference 2017, the premier conference for senior executives across the travel technology industry.

Pete Comeau, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Phocuswright, says: “Over the past nine years, tnooz has developed a large following of travel leaders through strong and consistent editorial coverage of the most important topics impacting the travel technology ecosystem. We are excited to welcome the tnooz readers and commercial partners to PhocusWire as we build the strongest and most targeted audience eager to understand how technology impacts all facets of today’s travel industry.”

U.S.-based Tnooz was founded in 2009 and became an important marker in coverage of the digital travel economy, including the pioneering of early industry hackathons and the profiling of hundreds of industry startups.

Bob Sullivan, president of the travel group at NTG, adds: “We are very excited to merge tnooz into PhocusWire under the leadership of our editor in chief, Kevin May. We are confident that the loyal audience and partners of both brands will be very pleased with the results as these two leading travel news brands join forces.”

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

Virgin Atlantic helps young flyers get their “wings”

Inspiring the next generation of pilots

Here at Virgin Atlantic, we love to create amazing, memorable and exciting experiences for customers going through check in, so this half term we’re helping to inspire the next generation of pilots by introducing flight simulators to London Heathrow Terminal 3. The simulators have been placed at the Virgin Atlantic check in area during one of the busiest periods of the year, so children can try their hand at flying with the help and encouragement of our crew.

Yesterday we welcomed a group of nine and ten-year-olds from London primary school, Grove Park, as part of the Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers programme – aimed at encouraging more young people to consider a career in aviation. The children took part in a question and answer session with some of our pilot cadets, then practiced flying over London and landing the plane at Heathrow – leaving with a pair of special edition Virgin Atlantic “wings”.

Children from Grove Park primary school collect their special edition “wings”

According to Grove Park teacher Richard Charlesworth, technological advances in the last couple of decades mean schools are now encouraging children to think about careers that might not have existed before. “That’s why initiatives like today are so good,” he said. “The children really enjoyed going on the flight simulator and it’s opened their minds to future job opportunities they might not have previously considered. I think they’ve learned a lot. They’re also a really curious bunch, so it’s been great for them to speak with the crew and have all their questions answered – not just the technical stuff, but things they wouldn’t have known about before, like the meaning of the pilots’ epaulettes.”

Children travelling during October half term can try their hand at being a pilot

The kids, of course, just want to have fun, and they were certainly excited to take to the virtual skies. “When you turned the plane to the right, the chair turned to the right as well and it felt like being on a real flight,” said Sammy, aged nine. “You had to know when to accelerate and slow down, and there were also tons of buttons to remember as well so it was quite hard.”

Ten-year-old Gabi was also up for the challenge. “Flying the plane felt epic but it was very hard,” she said. “When we came in to land I could feel the sound kind of hit me and go all the way up through my belly. I actually crash landed but I loved it!”

Grove Park pupils show off their certificates and wings

“We believe it’s the duty of all of us in the airline industry to inspire young people to reach for the sky,” said David Kistruck, our president of airline operations. “By placing the flight simulators at our check in desks during one of our busiest times, we aim to provide children and young adults with a fun and informative opportunity to