Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Recommended

We happily participated in the T-List earlier this year - but the fact is that it grew to such a unmanageable size that anyone trying to find the decent ones was faced with a frustrating and time-consuming task.

Stephen Joyce recently re-published the T-List but separated it into sectors, such as consumer, business, etc.

Using his industry list as a base, this is Travolution's The Recommended for anyone interested in the travel industry and its relationship with the web and new media. It is not intended to be a list of "travel blogs".

All the sites listed below are updated regularly and are "blogs" - rather than news sites which joined the T-List and clearly masquerade as blogs.

Like the T-List, we would like this to grow to become a de-facto first port of call for industry folk and those with an interest in the online travel industry and new media.

Usual procedures apply: let us know via the comments section if you think your blog or another we have missed should be included on the list. We will happily add more if they qualify. Spread the word by re-posting the list yourself on your own blog.

There is an element of link-baiting here, of course, but we feel the T-List has actually become a rather over-sized beast which doesn't actually give our Travolution readers a decent snapshot of the blogosphere.

So here it is, The Recommended:

A Luxury Travel Blog
Blog on travel
Blog Rydges
The Brand Canada Blog
BuhlerWorks
Bull City Mutterings
Dot tourism
E-hotel
Farecast Blog
Fasten Your Seatbelts [German]
Happy Hotelier
Hawthorne Hotel
Hotel Blogs 2.0
Les Explorers
Marriott on the move
Mashable
Musings on Travel & E-Commerce
New York Hospitality
Online Travel Review
O'Reilly Radar
PhoCusWright Blog
Radar
Randy’s Journal
Realtravel
Relactions Blog
Search Engine Land
Stephen Joyce
Sunverse
The BOOT
The McCluskey Blog
The Tourism and Hospitality Diaries
The Travel Cooler
The Travel PR Blog
Tourism INTERNET Marketing Blog
Travelremark
Travel and Web 2.0
Travel Rants
Travel Start-ups
Travel Weekly Blog
Travolution Blog
Travel & Tourism Technology Trends
Tourism Trends
Web 2.0 travel tools
Vacant Ready
Zeitgeist

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to add one more GREAT travel blog to the list -- Airfarewatchdog.com's Airfare WatchBlog. It's a great blog on both airfare deals and general airfare travel in general. Not to be missed!!!

Mike Martin

Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: Sorry, you may have mis-read the introduction.

The Recommended is for industry blogs, rather than consumer blogs such as the Airfarewatchdog.com.

The reason we have created it is because the original T-List was full of consumer blogs and largely irrelevant to industry people.

Trying not to be hard-nosed about it - just keeping The Recommended fresh and applicable.

Of course, feel free to suggest to Airfarewatchdog that they re-print The Recommended on their blog.

Claude said...

Kevin,

You could include Les Explorers, I have a "interview category" with great english interview from CEO.
look at : http://www.lesexplorers.com/50226711/linterview_du_pro.php

best regards from a froggy man !

Claude

Travolution Blogger said...

Claude: Happy to add Les Explorers.

Dan G. said...

Thanks Kevin. That's inspired me to dig out the old bloglines account and refresh it.

Dan

Travolution Blogger said...

Dan G: you're welcome. that was our intention. there isn't a decent list out there of good blogs which tackle the machinations behind the scenes of the online travel industry.

hopefully this will go some way to addressing it.

Karin said...

Hi Kevin, Thanks for including me in the list. Really appreciate that. Of course, erm, FastenYourSeatbelts offers quite a few English articles too.
Best regards from Austria
Karin

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Chrispitality said...

Kevin, great work with this stripped down list. Found some terrific sites that I haven't visited for too long. So glad to see all these passionate people still at it!

To your point, the t-list was getting a bit off focus...even my own BedJump.com, although popular, didn't really belong.

May I also suggest another site for the revised list--it's my hotel industry 'insider' blog out of Vancouver called VacantReady.com

Cheers,
Chris C.

Lee said...

Have we been forgotten Kev ?
Ok been on holiday so no update for a week, but hope to be blogging next week from Sea Princess on an educational trip

Travolution Blogger said...

Lee: alas, no, you haven't been forgotten.

The Recommended is a list of blogs for industry professionals, rather than blogs targeting consumers.

We felt there is a need to bring these ones together as the original T-List was getting too weighed down with consumer blogs, making it difficult for those interested in industry issues to find.

I hope you can appreciate our motivation on this one.

We would happily include Select World Travel on a list of consumer blogs.

Anonymous said...

Here is another blog to add to the list...MySiteCast at http://www.mysitecast.blogspot.com

Alex said...

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for listing my blog... I never got onto the T-list.... even though I jumped through all the hoops that I had too....

Don't forget Ed's new blog! :(
http://www.travelremark.com/

Finally, don't you find it ironic that a magazine that covers "disruptive businesses" (i.e. online companies) should choose to disrupt the T-List

Now you can see how fun being disruptive can be!

Best wishes. Alex

Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: Sorry MySiteCast does not make the list. it is a review of hotels, not a issue-based blog. pur apologies, we are deliberately being tough with the criteria this time.

Travolution Blogger said...

Alex: Yes, we will add Travelremark.com to the list.

Sam I Am said...

Judging by some of the blogs on there, I can suggest blog.travellerspoint.com :)

By the way, why is it that when I hit 'show original post' in the comments area, only some of the links actually show up as links and the others just show up as text. It's not like that in the article, so is it something with the way they are linked to? Curious... never noticed it before!

Happy Hotelier said...

I seem to be forgotten Alas:-)

Travolution Blogger said...

Happy Hotelier: Happy to add you.

Travolution Blogger said...

Sam I Am: I suspect the Travellerspoint blog is more aimed at consumers. happy to be corrected.

Sam I Am said...

I don't know, it depends on your definition of 'aimed at consumers'. Yes, it's read by a lot of our members who often tend to be consumers, but we also post industry related stuff from time to time (I'll admit it's not that much though :) ).

The reason I suggest it is that a few of the blogs are also consumer blogs or similar to ours (realtravel's blog for example or travel rants - the title for that one actually reads "Holiday advice and travel news for consumers"). To be perfectly clear, I understand if you don't add the blog as we don't blog enough and probably carry less industry news than the others.

Also please don't remove those links for my having pointed them out; they're both great resources and just the first two that jumped out at me :) I'm half messing with you guys anyway, these lists are driving me crazy, even Eric has gotten in on them and restarting them... LOL :

http://blog.travellerspoint.com/101/
http://blog.travellerspoint.com/118/

Travolution Blogger said...

Sam I Am: I take your point entirely. let's have a look at what you churn out over the next few weeks and go from there.

You are right about Travel Rants but Darren's blog specifcally talks about industry issues affecting consumers, far more than "I went to blah, blah, blah, and it had a nice holiday, etc".

Happy Hotelier said...

Thank you so much, Sir:-)

Sam I Am said...

Was just playing with http://www.listphile.com/ and that would be the perfect place for one of these lists.

Darren said...

Thanks for including me :)

Proud to be listed with some very good blogs!

Paul said...

I'm not sure if I'm forgotten or deliberately omitted.

My blog has both industry and consumer elements.

Travolution Blogger said...

Paul: looking through briefly i would argue that it is primarily a consumer-focussed blog. happy to look through regularly and re-evaluate.

Paul said...

No worries... :)

Alan A. Lew said...

You might consider adding Sunverse.net - a blog about Virtual Worlds and the Tourism Industry.

Thanks for including me on your Recommend List. -- Alan A. Lew (Web 2.0 Travel Tools)

Travolution Blogger said...

Alan: Good tip. We've had a look and it's very interesting, especially for travel companies still mulling over whether to (spend lots of money!!) experiment with Second Life.

Travolution Blogger said...

Chrispitality: agree with you about T-List. will add the Vacant Ready blog though.

brucerosard said...

Kevin,

The PhoCusWright blog is now up and running, take a look. Postings start with our analysts and comments are welcome. You should be commenting as a matter of fact.

-Bruce

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Kurt Ackermann said...

Afrikatourism blog "Helps the responsible traveller find undiscovered, authentic experiences in southern Africa".

Considered 'recommended reading' by the editors of Planeta.com, The Global Journal of Practical Ecotourism

Kurt Ackermann

Travolution Blogger said...

AfrikaTourism: As previously mentioned. Sorry, but The Recommended is a list of business blogs for industry profesionals rather than consumers.

Anonymous said...

It's a good traveling blog, I found similar shopping site Couponalbum.com where so many traveling coupons, deals and offers are available from more than 1200 stores...!!!

Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: Sorry, Couponalbum.com doesn't make the list. The Recommended is a list of business blogs for industry profesionals rather than consumers.

Anonymous said...

Instead of recommending blogontravel.com I can suggest two alternatives:

lavoya.com, a fast and easy blog apparantly focusing on backpackers. more rich in features is travellerspoint.com

Travolution Blogger said...

Anonymous: Sorry, both the sites you suggest are consumer blogs. The Recommended is a list of business blogs for industry profesionals rather than consumers.

Apologies...

Ilkka Kauppinen said...

Darn, I hope I would do my blog in English. I am publishing a blog about online travel marketing and technologies in Finnish and it is a bit lonely up here.

Travolution Blogger said...

Likka: Why don't you send me an English translation of one of your best posts and we will happily reproduce it.

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Ilkka Kauppinen said...

Thanks, will do that later this month!

Ilkka Kauppinen said...

I sent my contribution to you by email last week, did you get it?

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Travolution Blogger said...

Younger body: SPAM!!!!! irrelevant to the discussion. go away...

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Mohit Jain said...

grt stuff on travel blogging, web2 etc cheers jain