World Telecommunication Day 1999

IHT October 15, 1999

Tracking Telecoms 99: Travel

A Marriage of Convenience

Topping the $1 trillion mark on global revenue scales, telecommunications - the world's third-largest industry - is no lightweight. But it is still less than half the size of travel and tourism, the world's largest industry, weighing in at $2.5 trillion for direct personal and business travel alone in 1999, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. If one adds the indirect effects of travel demand, the travel and tourism economy will generate $3.5 trillion and account for 11.7 percent of world gross domestic product this year, as well as 200 million jobs.
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Airlines Play the Electronic Card

Airlines have emerged as leading-edge technology adapters who rely heavily on interconnectivity and integrated systems. As a result, Internet-related services are changing the way tickets are sold, clients handled and flights arranged.
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Hotels Become High-Tech Homes Away From Home

How was your stay? Was the bed comfortable? Mini-bar well-stocked? Internet connection fast enough? For today's road warriors, staying connected is as important as getting a good night's sleep. A few years ago, business travelers faced frustrations when they checked in and tried to log on. Questions about modems and analog phone lines drew puzzled looks from desk staff.
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On the Road: Automakers Embrace Telematics

The Opel Omega displayed by General Motors in September at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt was an indication of how the car of the future will become a high-speed, computerized office and living room. What was once a steel box with a few electronic components is being turned into a powerful computer on wheels.
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On-Line Travel Bookings Get Both Higher and Wider

Armchair travelers today have it better than ever, thanks to telecommunications.
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In Search of the Universal Mobile

Global System for Mobile (GSM) is the world's most popular mobile technology, with more than 200 million subscribers in 133 countries on 347 networks. The number of subscribers could well surpass 250 million by the end of this year, industry experts predict. Michael Stocks, chairman of the GSM Association, has an explanation for much of its success. ''If you own a GSM phone,'' he says, ''you can use it anywhere that has a GSM network, so long as your home operator is informed of the fact, and the operator in the country you are visiting has a so-called roaming agreement in place with the home operator.'' In Europe, one can make and receive GSM phone calls on one's own phone and number anywhere from the West of Ireland to Vladivostok.
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In Cyber-Society: The Internet Café

For many people in the world, especially the young, e-mail has become a prime means of getting to know new people or staying in touch with family and friends. This is especially true for those who travel regularly. Two decades of surging growth in computer sales notwithstanding, most of the world's population still doesn't own a PC, let alone a laptop. Many of those who do have a computer at home or work often don't know how to surf the Web, the other great attraction associated with computer ownership.
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Game Not Over Yet for Travel Agents

Making travel arrangements - with all the complications of connecting planes, trains, buses and hotel and rental car reservations, etc. - has never been simple, but today, the Internet has complicated the process by offering the potential traveler an infinity of sites offering not only information about destinations, but also the ability to book and pay for their reservations on-line. Many travelers are tempted to do the work themselves by Internet-only discounts, two-for-one deals and free frequent-flier miles. They are hoping to find better deals than their travel agent might offer them.
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Adieu and Farewell, the 'No Work' Zone

The laptop frontier is no more. It used to separate Europe into two very unequal parts. One was composed of the Continent's settled reaches, where one could lug a laptop, be reachable by e-mail and remain fully able to work. The other was the mountain ranges and other inaccessible areas without telephone jacks - or even electricity. This was where one could safely go on vacation.
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The Next Wave: Shopping by Mobile

Mobile operators, together with vendors, banks and merchants, have joined forces to launch a slew of services that will transform the mobile phone into a kind of combination electronic wallet and personal organizer.
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Phoning Home on the Roam

Phoning home is no longer an expensive, tiresome business with the choice of using a public phone or paying extortionate hotel rates. Now, there myriad ways of staying in touch, and they are getting cheaper all the time.
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Live From Telecom 99: Traveling Lighter Than Ever

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