What a broad set of travel topics we’ve been discussing here: Gamification, verbal translation, direct connections, data reporting, self-booking breakthroughs, innovation barriers, supplier pricing….I love it.
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Here’s a handy recap of the most popular articles from the last year or so:
Travel Booking Tool Goes Gaming SERKO applies gamification to its self-booking tool, to great success. See this post for the original idea.
Verbal Translation via iPhone Covers a pre-Siri method of translating speech from one language to another. See this post for a related view on voice-based flight search.
Direct Connect by Google – Oh Yes Implications of Google’s Flight Search on the distribution of airfares, especially for corporations.
AirPlus Gets an A+ on Ancillary Fees Report A product review of a tool aimed at quantifying how much a company spends on ancillary fees.
Short’s BookIt: A Brilliant Booking Breakthrough Describes the most innovative idea I’ve seen in the corporate self-booking arena. See this post for more implications.
TIILTS: Better Travel Data Reporting What’s wrong with today’s travel data reporting tools, and what’s needed. In a word, prescriptive.
New Types of Hotel Rates Ahead Predicts the emergence of rates more similar to airfares – non-refundable and dynamically priced. See this post for the rationale.
An Open Approach to Travel Distribution? Uses a clever video to illustrate the advantages of open systems and the implications for travel distribution.
Four Barriers to Travel Innovation Explains why there has been so little innovation, with a capital I, in the managed travel space lately.
Free Tools Includes the Stages of Excellence for Managed Travel toolkit, category-specific travel savings “What If” models, an airline CO2 calculator and fuel cost model, and popular education decks.
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