ChampionsGate Welcomes Me to Sterile Orlando

I’m excited to again be at Phocuswright, where I’ll meet up with dozens of friends I’ve made in the on-line travel business and catch up with bloggers and other people who make this business so exciting. I walked up to the security desk at Bradley and got a surprise as he examined my license…by God it expired on my birthday. But I was able to board my plane, which flew down here to Orlando half empty, and now I’m in my hotel room groove. I always have the same rituals in hotel rooms around the world…set up my ‘office,’ hang up my shirts, turn on the TV and settle into my home for the next three nights.

Orlando is still as sterile as a hospital….we dropped off passengers at a gigantic hotel complex called Gaylord that was festooned with white lights…which looked weird since to me, you don’t put those things up until after Thanksgiving. But the hotels are huge and so spread apart that once I’m here, well, I can tell I won’t be leaving this Omni ‘Champions Gate’ until I fly home on Thursday.

I’m happy to report, just in time for this show, that GoNOMAD has launched a really nice new airfare, hotel and car rental search engine, and that you’ll now be able to search the biggest on-line travel agencies for all of these things on one easy to navigate page. Going somewhere in the next few months? Give our new engine a try, I’d love to hear what you think.