Travel Industry Fights Back; Stresses Importance Of Face-To-Face Meetings

from the battle-in-the-press dept

It pretty much never fails. Over the past few years, whenever there's been a new airline-related terror threat, or as the price of plane tickets has shot up, someone, somewhere, comes out with an article about how online meeting software companies like Webex will step in and rescue the stranded business traveler, meaning that he or she will never have to travel for meetings again. Either that, or articles will simply quote travelers saying that they'd rather use such tools than fly anywhere. The PR folks for Webex must be thrilled. However, on the flip side, folks in the travel industry must be getting worried, because they've sent out their own PR folks to push the alternate side of the story: you just can't beat a face-to-face meeting, even with all the technology out there. Now, both sides have some truth to what they're saying, but it's still amusing to see the travel industry going to the press with their side of the story.
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  1. identicon
    hatesflying, 19 Sep 2006 @ 2:51pm

    Airlines suck

    My dad works for an airline. Has since long before I was born. Because of this, I get to fly comparatively frequently- especially since we live in the USA and my family lives in western Europe.
    You know what? I HATE flying. I don't care much for teleconferencing- hell, I can IM people and it's easier- but if I could drive, I'd drive to and from St. Louis, or to and from a port, where I could take a ferry or something. I honestly hate having to go through not just security, but the massive hassle of dragging baggage around for an hour or more, plus going through a dirty airport to get on a smelly, airless plane so I can sit still for several hours. It just doesn't do it for me.
    The airline industry should stop whining and REFORM. I don't have any useful suggestions, really- perhaps making airports smaller and easier to get through would be a major step forward- but someone, somewhere has to have good ideas, and the airlines should listen. The current business model for most airlines is a failure. It loses money AND costumers, who are frequently treated like they're inferior by disgruntled staff.
    There's nothing nice about the airline industry, except that it allows quicker travel to faraway overseas places.

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