When we produced this annual article for the end of 2020, we said that we looked forward to better times ahead in 2021.
Well, as we all know, such hopes faded fairly quickly this year when a new variant - the unfortunately named, if you a well-known U.S. airline, "Delta" - emerged and became the dominant form of COVID-19 in the global pandemic.
Some of our events, such as Phocuswright Europe, continued to be held virtually but we returned to in-person gatherings in November with The Phocuswright Conference in the U.S.
Still, as we reach the end of the year, another variant of the virus has emerged that is likely to have another swipe at the recovery efforts of the travel tourism and hospitality sector.
Regardless of the circumstances surrouding the industry for the second holiday period in a row, we are proud at PhocusWire to have continued providing excellent interviews with many of the movers and shakers in the travel and wider digital worlds.
We'll say, once again, we look forward to better times in 2022.
Here is a selection of our favorite interviews from around the editorial team during the last 12 months:
PhocusWire's favorite interviews of 2021
Q&A: The potential for decentralized digital ID in travel
PhocusWire spoke with Nick Price (chair of the Hospitality and Travel Special Interest Group), to get an understanding of the potential for this technology to impact the travel industry – an impact he describes as “profound” and “once-in-a-generation disruptive.”
Q&A: Oyo on how it wants to emerge from the COVID crisis
We talked to Abhinav Sinha (global chief operating officer at Oyo) about what the company has learned through the pandemic, new tech products it has launched and its plans for future growth.
PhocusWire Pulse: Rentals On The Rise - The mechanics of finding guests
How Does the “Persistent Reality of Hope” Help us to Thrive? - Phocuswright Diversity in Leadership
Executive Inteview: ATPCO's Alex Zoghlin on travel distribution and a life in digital
PhocusWire Pulse: Progress In Travel Payments - Fintech as a service for travel brands
Executive Inteview: HighGate Tech Ventures on why everything is hot right now in travel
Travel's Dilemma - Are We Making Our Mark or Leaving One? - The Phocuswright Conference 2021
PhocusWire Pulse: A New Age For Social Media - Hannah Bennett of TikTok
Keynote + Interview: Fintech and the Future of Travel - The Phocuswright Conference 2021
Gender Equity in Travel 2021 - A Phocuswright and PhocusWire Webinar
Cruising Altitude: A Long Way Up? - Phocuswright Europe Online 2021