Tag: OTA

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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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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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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OTA Stocks – Giving credit where credit is due

Today, following 3Q earnings reports for many industry players, I would like to take a quick look at the top OTA stocks. In the chart above, the blue line represents the performance of Expedia’s stock (EXPE).  Expedia is trading at $59.25 today, with a market cap of $8.08b.   On October 30, the company reported […]

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Airline Ticket Sales – The Segmentation Story (or is it string art?)

This month when I saw the ARC segmentation statistics, I just had to post the chart, all by itself, without the legend.  If you take off the axis titles, it actually reminded me of a string art project that I did in grade school. For those not familiar with ARC, it is the Airlines Reporting […]

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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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Other Agency category losing steam in their lead the sale of international air tickets

According to the Airline Reporting Corporation, 52% of all international airline ticket sales ($3.9b) is done by the “other travel agent” category.  This is down from 57% the beginning of the year. Mega agencies come in 2nd with 30% ($2.2b) of all agency sales.  This is up from 25% in the 1st quarter. The Online […]

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Brick and Mortar Agencies sales of domestic air tickets are higher than OTAs and Megas

According to the Airline Reporting Corporation, 36% of all domestic airline ticket sales ($3.1b) is done by the “other travel agent” category.  This is down 1% from the beginning of the year. With 13,709 agencies left in the US, this means that the bulk of sales are produced by just under 13,700 of them. The […]

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Per ARC, YTD Mega agencies are holding steady on Domestic Air Tickets Issued

According to the Airline Reporting Corporation, for all three quarters to date of 2012, Mega Agencies have issued 25% of the domestic airline tickets issued by the agency community. The Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) grew as a percentage of total transactions (42%) in the 2nd quarter, but reverted back to 41% of total agency sales […]

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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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