Tag: GDS

Marketing Mischief: Travelport 2014 Results – $3.5 billion left on the table




Travelport today broadcast their investor call to talk about their results.  I am struck by two things. First, Gordon Wilson shared that their “attachment rate” of a hotel to an air ticket is up to 43 hotel segments out of 100 air tickets sold.   While on the face, this sounds really wonderful, the focus on […]

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IPO MIschief – The GDS Industry: An oligopoly where all three players have gone public twice. Really?




Consistently, as I look at the statistics on my blog, one of the top blogs is the one where I talk about the biggest GDS (Global Distribution System) company.  This week was no different.  I can only imagine that the rumors about Sabre buying Abacus are fueling the renewed interest in my 2011 blog “Who […]

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Throwback Thursday – The Future of the GDS (written in 2001)




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Success Soup – D is for DARE to Differentiate




For my regular readers, I want to apologize for missing day four of the new series.  Sometimes life just gets in the way.  Miss the first post in this new series – Alphabet Soup of Success?  Click HERE and go back to the beginning. ——————————————————————- The next letter in our Alphabet Soup of Success is […]

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Put on your Jetpack and escape status quo – 10 of 10 Einstein LIfe Hacks




The last Einstein quote that I’ve selected for this series (pardon the one week break) is this: A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. I have been busy being clever. Very clever in fact. And I used to think clever was good, until I read this quote on @AlbertE_Quotes on Twitter. […]

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What would you say if I said that it just doesn’t matter who is in fact the biggest GDS?




 Consistently, as I look at the statistics on my blog, one of the top blogs is the one where I talk about the biggest GDS (Global Distribution System) company. The three main players are Sabre (based in Dallas), Amadeus (based in Madrid) and Travelport (based in Atlanta with executive offices in the UK). However, yesterday, […]

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Is the Sabre IPO ominous for the GDS industry?




This week, Bloomberg announced that Sabre raised $627 million in its IPO. Actually I don’t think you should be allowed to call it an Initial Public Offering when you have already been public once.  It should be an SPO.  The former unit of AMR Corp. was traded on the New York Stock Exchange from 1996 […]

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Dare to Differentiate




For the past two days I have been taking advantage of the Live Stream for the #Phoscuswright conference in Hollywood Florida.  There has been a lot of talk of innovation, but really very little true differentiation over where we have been for the last decade. We have been a decidedly air-centric industry.  Yes, we have […]

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I'm over the slow motion train wreck




Over the past few months, for those that have followed my blog over the years, you will have noticed that my posts have slowed substantially. That is partially due to the number of projects that I have in the works, plus a season of Elder Care that is taking time away from writing. But those […]

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GDS and airline executives exposed as being the backup band for the Seekers




Don’t you miss the good old days in the travel industry when everyone liked one another?   When American and United respectively (and respectfully) built Sabre and Apollo (now operating under the Travelport banner) and changed the travel agency industry forever? I think I hear Sam Gilliland and Tom Horton both playing ukelele on this rendition […]

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