26 May 2009
20 May 2009
The award is given by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) in America, and was awarded to Stanley for his "prolific and widespread coverage of the business travel industry, as well as his insightful commentary".
NBTA President & CEO, Kevin Maguire, said, “Stanley is an example of the finest in business travel industry journalism. He is incredibly prolific – often publishing three or fours stories a day. He is dedicated to both his craft and the industry he covers – as demonstrated by his travels throughout Europe and across the globe to gather the most pertinent stories. And he is insightful – delivering both news coverage and commentary that shed light on the most important industry topics.”
The NBTA Alan Fredericks Business Travel Journalism Award is awarded each year to recognize the important role of media in the business travel industry by honoring an outstanding travel journalist or editor whose work over the last 12-18 months has done the most to enlighten corporate travel professionals, the business community, and/or the general public about important topics is business travel, and has done so in a way that is generally beneficial for and supportive of the industry.
Stanley is certainly a deserving recipient (and has form! Carlson Wagonlit Travel Business Travel Journalism Awards: Business Travel News Reporter of the Year, 2008; Best Writer on Air Transport, 2005; Best Writer on Short-Haul Business Travel, 2005; Best Writer on Rail, 2004; Best writer on Car Rental 2004;) ... but spare a thought also, and an 'honorable mention' for Malcolm Ginsberg.
The "last 12-18 months" pretty much covers the period Stanley has been editor of ABTN, during which period it won 'Best Electronic Business Travel Publication 2008', but ABTN is a publication started from scratch around 2002 and developed entirely by Malcolm into one of the top online business travel news sources, to be desired and bought firstly by Centaur, then by Panacea.
15 May 2009
14 May 2009
BA are offering a free transfer service to and from Terminal 5 for First and Club World customers living within 100 miles of the airport, using ordinary black cabs.
I've written about this before (...somewhere, but I can't find it) and it's been on my mind again recently...
Tip for PRs: Listen up guys. If you really want to know which buttons to press when it comes to bloggers, then there is one button in particular. The bloggers' g-spot. PHOTOS
Bloggers have a weakness for photos because they need them to 'dress' their posts but, unless they are blogging for a magazine or newspaper, they don't have a picture editor or photo library to draw on. Most are working solo and don't even have an account with an online library, so they have to pick up 'legit' photos where they can.
I'm not really talking about sending press releases with jpeg attachments (although that is certainly more use than a release without attachments, especially if you use SMNRs) because that is 'push' technology and bloggers are notoriously arsey about being bombarded with releases. Nor am I restricting the subject to just photos. It could be video or audio clips.
I'm thinking more about the 'pull' side. How PRs and marketing depts deal with requests for images.
I spend quite a lot of time emailing - sometimes phoning - people all over the world to ask permission to use an image from their website. The problems come with the way that request is processed, because speed is everything.
When a blogger asks about an image it's for a blog he is writing now and which will probably be published in around 30 mins. It's not like an article for a newspaper or magazine, whose deadline is tomorrow, and could be published a day or a month later. A blogger is the commissioning editor, the writer, the sub-editor and publisher all in one, so the interval from the article's inception to the presses rolling can be counted in minutes.
One particularly troublesome area for me is media resource centres. In my field, travel, that can be online picture libraries for cruise lines, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, national & local tourist offices, etc etc. Invariably there is a registration process which takes at least 24hrs. Even the quickest and most efficient picture library administration can't turn my application into an active login in a matter of hours if they are asleep on the other side of the world when I'm writing my blog. On Monday this week, knowing that I had a post in mind and would want a photo for it, I filled in the registration for a national tourist office picture library. It is now Friday, and I still don't have a login.
I can't see any way around this, unless interested parties set up niche pre-registration schemes for bloggers and/or journos. Eg PSA for the cruise industry, ANTOR for tourist offices, APRO for airlines... manage their own list of logins for accredited bloggers. Bloggers apply to be on the list, participating media centres and photo libraries receive updated lists and add the logins to their user database. Then a blogger can use his single username/password for any participating media centre.
I'm going to trial this for the British Guild of Travel Writers. I told you at the beginning I had been thinking about this :)
We already have a similar scheme for World Travel Market. Each year WTM invites journalists to pre-register for their press passes, and then to supply business cards or letters from editors for accreditation. Last year we agreed with WTM that since BGTW members are already fully accredited, we supply them in advance with a list of our members which is imported into their database so that when a member fills in the online registration, they are automatically accredited - they don't need to fax photo-copies of business cards, etc. (Note to self: must prep this year's list!)
I'm going to invite our BGTW members to give me a prefered password and username if they want to join the list, and then invite any of you out there who have an online media resource to ask me for the list if you'd like BGTW members to visit it.
It's worth a try.
Now, all I need is a photo to go with this post....
Well, I was about to attach a glorious photo of the Austrian Tirol to this post, simply because they hosted a brilliant press function at the Austrian Embassy last night, and they turned around my registration for their photo-library (I'm going through my media resource logins and updating old ones that no longer work) in a record 3 hours!
...but their service is restricted to '5 free downloads' ! So I'm not wasting one here!
12 May 2009
11 May 2009
Last week the Intercontinental Hotel Group organised a global gimmick to launch largest ever free rooms giveaway promo.
The "the world’s biggest bed jump" had thousands of people jumping (for 16 hours) on four of the world’s largest beds, in four countries - London, Shanghai, New York and Paris.
This is London...
... pity it wasn't "the world's largest pillow fight"! That might have been fun.
Anyway, it worked, because I've mentioned the promo here, and here.
07 May 2009
Is this new? Or am I running way behind everyone else?
I clicked a display banner ad on Yahoo last night and got this Moroccan National Tourist Office campaign.
Somebody has put in a lot of work on this. I'm not sure whether it's a little over the top, too laboured, but it is funny...especially the test, and especially if you are slow to start the test.
05 May 2009
Being Jack Unterweger
American actor John Malkovich stars as serial killer Jack Unterweger at the Ronacher.
From July 1-5, 2009, Vienna’s Ronacher Theater will host a very special musical theater project. “John Malkovich is Jack Unterweger: The Infernal Comedy” is the title of this work for two sopranos, a baroque orchestra, and one actor. The latter role will be filled by Hollywood star John Malkovich, who will read (in English) the fictional autobiography of a murderer. The play comes to Vienna as an adaptation of a Los Angeles production.
Malkovich, as Jack Unterweger, will read a posthumous – and therefore fictional – autobiography that, for the first time, reveals the supposed whole truth behind the life and death of this Austrian serial killer. The two sopranos will fill the roles of the women in Unterweger’s life and perform arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Weber, all of which deal with the themes of love and violence.
The case of Jack Unterweger was once a hot topic of discussion in Austrian society. After receiving a life sentence for a murder he committed under the influence of drugs, Unterweger began to write while in prison. He was released after 16 years and held up as a shining example of successful re-socialization. In the years that followed he murdered several prostitutes in Austria, the Czech Republic and the US. After being found guilty of nine murders in 1994, Unterweger hung himself in his jail cell.
John Malkovich is Jack Unterweger: The Infernal Comedy, snappy title isn't it! If you can't resist it, it is on between 1-5 July at the Ronacher Theater, Seilerstätte 9, 1st district, Vienna