Friday, July 21, 2006

The Influential Ten poll is LIVE

So after a few weeks of planning and gathering submissions, Travolution’s quest to find the pioneers and innovators in online travel over the last decade is ready to take your votes.

These aren't just those figures that have run successful businesses - they are the leaders, pacesetters and ideas people, who have helped bring the online travel industry to where it is now, in 2006.

The poll – The Influential Ten – will run for the next few weeks and consists of a shortlist of 20, from which we will produce our definitive ten, to be published in the September edition of Travolution.


The shortlist:

Simon Breakwell (ex-Expedia Europe)

Sergy Brin and Larry Page (Google)

Pierre Chappaz and Dominique Vidal (Kelkoo)

Tony Cheng and Jim Donnelly (Igougo)

Dinesh Dhamija (ex-Ebookers)

Bob Diener and Dave Litman (

Barry Diller (Interactive Corp)

David Filo and Jerry Yang (Yahoo!)

Bill Gates (Microsoft and Expedia)

Simon Talling-Smith (

Stelios Haji-Ioannou (Easy Group)

John Hatt (Cheapflights)

Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox (

Mark Jones (Online Travel Corporation)

Terry Jones (ex-Travelocity)

Steve Kaufer and Langley Steinert (TripAdvisor)

Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)

Andy Phillips and Adrian Critchlow (ex-Active Hotels)

Jay Walker (ex-Priceline)

Alex Zoghlin (ex-Orbitz)


Further information on each nomination is available on the Travolution website.

Most polls are often mildly ontroversial, so we're happy to hear from you by either leaving a comment on the blog or emailing us.

Many thanks to those who suggested names for inclusion on the shortlist. Happy voting!

Kevin May, editor, Travolution


garyh said...

An interesting choice of potential recipients. You missed off Dan Whaley, original founder of Internet Travel Network (ITN) in California during the mid 90's, which went on to become GetThere, and (humbly) me. UK independent agency Seaforths Travel (where I was a director) was the first to launch an online travel booking system for business travel in 1995, our Ticket Window system was based on a dial in bulletin board and was first shown at the original Business Travel show in Wembley where we had a small booth opposite the fancy Hogg Robinson stand. We spent the three days demo'ing to Hogg customers and hundreds of others. Ticket Window has of course moved on over the years, and it now forms the backbone booking technology on consumer websites such as London City Airport Online, Manchester Airport and others, as well as continuing to succeed in the Corporate Travel Market with Advanced Travel Partners (ATP) and others.

Much of the success of Seaforths, and it's successor, Advanced Travel Partners (a top 10 UK TMC), was built on the back of Ticket Window and it's associated fares database technology.

Gary Hance
Director, Yield & Technology

Travolution blogger said...

as with all polls, they are always mildly controversial - especially when people feel they or someone else has been left off!

we spent around six weeks talking to trusted contacts in the industry and by brainstorming within the Travel Group of titles in RBI, such as Travel Weekly.

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