Month: December 2012

The Fiscal Cliff – If the fall doesn’t kill you…..

Travel is a trillion dollar global industry.  Here in the U.S. there are 2 billion trips taken annually, 1 billion of which involve at least one overnight stay. 25% of those trips are for business purposes. GBTA just published a new paper about the impact of the Fiscal Cliff on the Business Travel Industry that […]

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Want consumers to buy direct? Wishing won’t make it so.

Travel Distribution is an interesting, complex animal.  Shoppers are incredibly fickle and they love to compare prices.  And travel suppliers love to fill their airplanes, rooms, cruise ships, etc., at the highest possible rate of course!  There is an ongoing debate that is playing out in the marketplace about the value of third party distributors, […]

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Barry Diller sells stake in Trip Advisor

Today Liberty Interactive acquired voting control of TripAdvisor after investing an additional $312+ million in the travel site.  Liberty, which was already TripAdvisor’s largest shareholder, now owns about 22% of TripAdvisor’s shares, giving it control over 57% of total votes. Liberty purchased nearly 5.0 million shares for $62.50 each from Barry Diller, who relinquished his […]

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Interested in Online Travel? Gotta love infographics!

Remember when clip art was all the rage and Powerpoint became the ubiquitous method of sharing information?  Enter the age of the infographic.  This one on our $162 billion Online Travel Industry was prepared by funsherpa.

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Mobile and Social Strategy Pulse Check

No matter whether your business is B2B or B2C, every great business strategy must have a mobile and social element.  Here is an idea for your next executive meeting.  Do a pulse check on your mobile strategy.  This will require giving everyone a bit of homework and asking them to bring at least one mobile […]

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Airline cost-transparency – The issue of the decade??

Since we are just a few years into this decade, I hesitate to say that this is actually THE issue of the decade, but journalist Tom Belden claims that it is.  So I decided to repost his article on the topic, with his permission of course. Republished with permission from Tom Belden Travel-cost transparency… Why […]

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