Tag: Cinven

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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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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GDS – Private to Public and Back Again – eCommerce Pioneers continue their evolution

Amadeus IT Group SA (Amadeus) is one of the world’s leading IT solutions providers for the travel and tourism industry, offering transaction processing capabilities to travel service providers and travel agencies. On Tuesday of this week Amadeus announced plans to launch their IPO April 29th on the Madrid Stock Exchange.  They will seek to raise […]

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IS EXECUTION ENOUGH TO FUEL INNOVATION? Comment on Timothy O’Neil-Dunne’s article on “Technology is great, but it’s the how that matters”

In a recent article in 4Hoteliers.com, Timothy O’Neil-Dunne (who incidentally is my former partner, and knows me quite well) made the following observation, focusing on how we frequently fall in love with technology, yet “see it parked on a shelf”. He segued from a discussion about smart phones, Blackberry, the iPod, right into the following […]

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