Staring out at the dirty slush piles in Cambridge I am thinking it would be nice to go to the beach. Twenty years ago when people asked what good Internet commerce would be I gave them the example of a Web-based travel booking site. Here’s how I said that it would work….
- where you live
- when you want to go
- what kind of vacation you want to take (beach, learning, hiking, skiing, whatever)
- rough price range
The system would then scan the airline and hotel databases (which existed back then though they weren’t Web-accessible in the first years of the Web) and find a place that
- you could get to on a non-stop flight for a reasonable cost
- where hotels were available at a reasonable cost on those dates
I touted the advantages of my system: “Instead of you just picking a handful of places that you can think of, possibly overlooking some where hotels and flights are practically empty, the system will search all of the possibilities.”
Did anyone ever build my fantasy travel booking/searching site? If not, why not?