making the global rounds for the all-important personal connections

Greetings from the road.. It’s a crazy busy month here at DHISCO, but the kind of busy we like as the DHISCO team travels from Singapore to London to Prague to Florida and, finally, Nebraska.

It’s a whirlwind. But as I think most people have come to learn, in the age of constant digital connections, face-to-face meetings are even more important than ever.

Yes, we can connect with our customers 24/7 from pretty much anywhere in the world. It’s just not the same, however, as collaborating in person, building real relationships, discussing solutions, meeting new competitors, signing deals and, most importantly, identifying opportunities.

Last week we were in Singapore for ITB Asia, where we connected with current and future customers and met potential new partners in the world’s fastest-growing travel market.

This week we’ll be in London for World Travel Mart London, one of the leading global events for the travel industry. At the same time, we have a team in Fort Lauderdale for Phocuswright 2017, where we’ll learn about and participate in discussions with travel industry leaders about the next wave of innovation in travel. We’ll also have two people in Prague for the HTNG conference.

After that, we are off to Omaha for DHISCO’s 2017 client forum, a two-day event that gives us invaluable face time – and input – from the world’s leading hotel companies, online travel agencies, global distribution systems and other key partners.

When all is said and done, we’ll all no doubt be ready for a long Thanksgiving weekend. But we’ll also be re-energized and, hopefully, full of new ideas for better serving our customers and developing new solutions for connecting the world in 2018.

– CEO Toni Portmann