Tag: GDS

Sequestration – Impact on our industry?

As a result of Congress missing today’s sequestration deadline, a series of large automatic spending cuts are set to take place for federal programs and the travel industry is not immune. Over the next nine years, a total of $1.2 trillion in cuts will take place – with $85 billion in automatic spending cuts occurring […]

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The Zombies vs the Dinosaurs: The Battle of the Century?

Zombie image courtesy of Farelogix (airplane made out of dollar bill and dinosaur courtesy of Solutionz Media) Thanks to Jim Davidson of Farelogix for the fodder for my blog today.  It had been a little while since I’d taken time to write and I so love new inspiration! The Global Distribution System companies (aka GDS […]

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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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Ask me how I feel about ancillary fees

I’m really beginning to hate the term “ancillary”.  It is an innocuous word really.  It means extra or supplementary.  As most of you know, it has been at the center of the war between the GDS and the airlines, with the airlines complaining about the GDS not being able to adequately “merchandise” their ancillary products […]

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The Shifting Distribution Landscape – Kayak gets bigger value than Worldspan

To set the stage, we don’t have a lot of billion dollar transactions in the travel space.  So before you chide me for comparing the Kayak acquisition to the Worldspan acquisition in 2007, hear me out. Just six years ago, Travelport announced its intention to purchase Worldspan for $1.4bn.  Yesterday Priceline acquired eight-year old Kayak […]

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International gap between travel agents and online grows larger

This is the second in a series of blogs this week about the 3Q2012 Airline Reporting Corporation  statistics.   Today’s topic is the average value of an international airline ticket. This graphic tells several stories.   First, it shows that quarter over quarter, for the first quarter all channels were up as it relates to […]

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The Online/Brick and Mortar agency gap is widening on domestic ticket sales

As the GDS/Airline battle is being waged in a courtroom in a state district court in Texas, I’d like to take this opportunity to put to rest the discussion about the profitability of airline direct versus the GDS driven agency channel.   This is the first in a series of blogs this week about the […]

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Top 10 Travel Distribution Fallacies – #7 GDS (and travel agents) are dinosaurs

GDS (and travel agents) are dinosaurs GDS and travel agents may be part of the travel distribution heritage, but they are not extinct. If the longevity of the dinosaur is any indication, both the GDS and travel agents will be with us for some time to come. In the last decade we have gone from […]

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We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

  Today, GDSx announced its new TripLink™ product.   According to their press release today, this new product, in the making for over two years, is being launched to “solve the vexing and growing problem of capturing travel data and managing real-time customer-service processes for trips purchased outside of a corporation’s negotiated contracts with airline, car […]

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Amadeus 1H2011 Profits up 12.2%

Amadeus announces first half financial results for 2011 Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2011) * Adjusted profit1 increased 12.2% to €263.7 million * Revenue2 grew 3.9% to €1,389.0 million, or 5.8% on a comparable basis3 * EBITDA4 rose 6.0%5 to €572.1 million * Net debt decreased 26.3% by €675.5 million to […]

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