Tag: travel distribution

New name, new focus




Let me start by saying to the loyal fans of my blog that I am not abandoning the topic of distribution.  It is just that I find that it is a bit limiting for me, as my true passion is much broader than travel distribution and in fact, even much broader than travel itself.    But […]

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Some things never change




Tomorrow morning I’m starting a series entitled the Top 10 Travel Distribution Fallacies.  We’ll start with #10 and I’ll post one per day for 10 days.  What I will tell you now, is that the list came from my book Multi-Channel Distribution, the Essential guide, published 10 years ago, as a part of the Travel […]

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In honor of Stephen Covey – The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Distribution Executives




Today, Stephen Covey died at the age of 79.  He is best known for authoring the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.  I thought I’d take the 7 Habits and see if I can’t do justice to Stephen by applying them to Distribution Executives.   Habit 1: Be Proactive Take initiative in the effective distribution […]

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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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GBTA Update: Travel Distribution: The Picture of Chaos




5 And if the technology choices were not confusing enough, it takes a scoreboard to tell who is suing who, who has reached a truce and where new connectivity options could provide a new business model option to the various players in the travel ecosystem. It is NOT business as usual. from:  Direct Connect:  The […]

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I am sworn to secrecy about my role at the Beat Live 2011




The Beat Live 2011 All I can say is “Don’t sleep in on Tuesday the 20th”. Chicke Fitzgerald

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GBTA Update: Travel Distribution: It Looks a Bit Chaotic




From the good old days, when it was simple to connect to 500+ airlines, 40,000 or more hotel properties and virtually every car rental company worth renting from worldwide through a single GDS to now, the picture is a tad more chaotic. If you have visited the trade show floor hear at GBTA you will […]

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Calling all travel agents – Let’s recreate Agnes




Looking back through my various posts, this was the all-time favorite, based on number of views, so I thought I would repost it.  Cartoon Credit: Mike Baldwin, Cornered, used by permission through CartoonStock™ I have been in the travel industry since 1978. I started in a travel agency in Milwaukee WI, working for Bay Travel […]

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Market Share has a new definition




Today’s blog is a discussion about the term “market share” when used in the travel distribution ecosystem context. Let me start by saying that prior to the advent of the Internet in the mid-90s, third party travel distribution was dominated by the Global Distribution Companies (GDS) and booking share was most easily estimated by the […]

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May Airline Ticket Sales from ARC are encouraging




Click here for ARC stats for May 2011 MAY 2011 Travel Agency Statistics (including Online Travel Agencies) Although the number of travel agencies has fallen in the last year from 15,405 to 14,500, those that remain are stronger than their predecessors, proving that it is the strong that survive (or is it that the smart […]

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