The travel industry has lost a champion of online travel since the late-1980s, who launched Phocuswright, the internet travel research authority, in 1994.

I had the opportunity to see him for the first time in 2005, in my first attendance to the Phocuswright Conference. Until then, working for Mundicolor Iberia, I had attended regularly for years to the typical travel conferences (Fitur, ITB, WTM, Tianguis..). But once at Google, I had the chance to go where online travel was the star and it was like a dream. Philip had orchestrated an impressive forum for those in the travel industry convinced of the importance of online travel. It was an incredible opportunity to get new ideas, to refresh your vision, to listen from top travel leaders which could be the future trends. And his personal touch was unique, in his interviews and his closings.