Month: July 2011

What channels are being used by hoteliers?

Solutionz has been tracking the hospitality industry trends for more than a decade, utilizing statistics provided by Travelclick.  Travelclick is a Chicago-based firm that specializes in serving the hospitality industry.  One of the things that they provide are analytics on electronic bookings that go through Pegasus and the GDS (which is the definition of “Total […]

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Calling all travel agents – Do you have a strategy if AA pulls out (or is pushed out) of your GDS?

I know that many agencies, travel management companies (TMCs) and corporate travel managers are playing the “wait and see” game, but with the clock ticking down, if you haven’t thought about a game plan, now is the time. <div align=”center” style=”width:140px;border:1px solid #ccc; background: #040244; color: #F9F9FF;font-weight:bold;font-size:12px;”> <a style=”text-decoration: none; color:#F9F9FF;” href=”http://mycountdown.org/My_Countdown/My_Countdown/”>My Countdown </a></div>    […]

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The Hospitality Brand Game

[get a fresh cup of coffee…. this is a long one] Yesterday I posted the June Compete stats for the airline industry and Tuesday, posted the same for the online players.  Easy peasy as Sam Axe of Burn Notice would say (and yes, I am a die hard fan). The hotel industry – not so […]

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Compete’s June stats show that Airline Direct is on the rise

The June visitor stats are out on Compete.com.  While the growth in airline direct is not meteoric, it is in fact on the rise.  If only airline stocks and market caps would follow! LEAD in GROWTH over MAY:  CO/UA LEAD in YOY GROWTH:   AA LEAD in Unique Visitors:   Southwest LEAD in Market Cap:  Southwest […]

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June OTA stats released by Compete

Today Compete released its June 2011 normalized metrics for unique visitors to the wide range of websites tracked by the organization.  Here are the results for the top Online Travel Agencies (OTAs). Expedia remains in the number one position with just over 19m unique visitors, up 12.07% from May and up year over year by […]

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Travel Industry Stock Portfolio Added to Distribution Solutionz

Every once in awhile I get time to work “on” my business versus “in” my business.  Good advice for every entrepreneur (and you corporate types too). Today I added Yahoo! Finance’s real time stocks for the industry.  I’ve included a handful of airline stocks and the OTAs, a couple of hospitality players, car rental companies, […]

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“Making Nice” – What does it look like?

I have two children — a girl age 13 and a boy age 11.  In our house, we have a firm rule.  No tattling. We force them to “make nice” with each other, finding middle ground that works for both of them.  It is our hope that they are building lifelong negotiating skills.  We expect […]

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The winner of the “Statement of the Obvious Award” is AA’s Gerard Arpey

There is no secret to the fact that there is enormous revenue at risk here and enormous stakes in the outcome of these discussions with the GDSs, and that’s why, candidly, they have wound up in court, because we are trying to break some of these monopolistic practices.                 […]

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The Travel Cycle – The Customer is Multi-Channel

Although the customer is now decidedly multi-channel, the components of the travel cycle have not really changed over the years.     Travelers need INSPIRATION, which can change based on who they are traveling with and why.    They then require varying levels of EDUCATION about their choices, based on what they like to do and […]

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AMR American Airlines Stock may reach an all time low

The stock trading chart for AMR, the parent of American Airlines, looks like the downward trek from the summit of Mount Everest.  It last traded at $4.36, with today’s rates bouncing between $4.26 and $4.59.  The 52 week high is $8.98. This past week American announced the largest aircraft order in history with Boeing and Airbus.  Next […]

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