Travel Massive

Travel Massive is coming to Seattle, a city rich with travel innovators and aviation history.  Taking place on Weds., Oct. 5th at Elysian Fields (542 1st Ave. S., Seattle) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Travel Massive Seattle is a open-invite cocktail gathering for travel start-ups, established travel companies, press and social media junkies who are passionate about travel and the travel business.  It’s part of a global Travel Massive initiative to connect people in the travel industry locally, bringing together players from established travel brands, startups, press (print and digital) and socially engaged travelers.  This loosely organized group of travel enthusiasts has quickly grown in cities including Sydney, London, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Berlin, Marseille, Melbourne and more.

If you’re interested in attending Travel Massive Seattle, please RSVP so that there’s a couple of drinks budgeted for you.  And if you have questions or want to be involved on an ongoing basis, contact either Bruce Rosard, vp sales and marketing, PhoCusWright (@phocuswright), Jeff Pecor, vp communications, Yapta (@yapta), Susie Richards, head of industry, travel, Google (@googletravel).

Come on out and talk travel for a couple hours.  It should be a good time and an excellent networking opportunity.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Google launched a new flight search service on Tuesday, putting it in direct competition with travel search players including Orbitz and Kayak.  when a user searches for flight information — like “flights from New York to Chicago” — a “Flights” link will appear on the left side of Google’s search page. Google Flight Search can also be accessed directly at google.com/flights.
  • Good news for gamers – and everyone else who is bored to death on trans-continental flights.  At the 2011 Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo in Seattle on Tuesday, Virgin America announced that next year it will be the first domestic airline to adopt a hybrid platform that offers passengers extensive entertainment plus Wi-Fi connectivity both through their seatback and their own personal devices.  The new “Red platform”, which will include larger, high-definition seatback screens, is now undergoing back-end testing on Virgin America’s new Airbus A320, dubbed the #nerdbird for the high number of passengers that log onto the Wi-Fi system on flights between San Francisco and Boston. The system should be available to everyone in late 2012.
  • AirTran, Frontier, Southwest and JetBlue have all launched fare sales on flights to Florida (among other destinations).  Some of these offers are expiring soon – JetBlue’s expires today – so if you want an airfare that will put you in a “sunshine state” both literally and figuratively, then give these sales a look.