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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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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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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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