Category Archives: Distribution

Covers anythng related to how airlines and hotels distribute their inventory. Tyically involves GDSs, TMCs and OTAs (Global Distribution Systems, Travel Management Companies and Online Travel Agencies).

Why Ancillary Revenues Don’t Much Matter

Let’s cut to the nub of this issue.  No one will  ever know for sure if ancillary revenues make airlines more profitable.  There are just too many moving parts in an airline’s  revenue stream.  Sure, airlines may report an extra … Continue reading

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Google – the Ultimate Direct Connect Platform?

Let’s connect some dots. Dot 1: Google is in a quandary. It needs to enter big markets with high growth opportunities. Dot 2: Google likes the travel industry. I’ve heard estimates that about 10% of its revenues are attributable to … Continue reading

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Reverse Auctions for Airfares, Hotel and Car Rates?

Here’s an interesting twist on the reverse auction strategy of getting suppliers to under-bid each other for the buyer’s business.  Instead of a buyer initiating the reverse auction, have the supplier do it. It’s not a silly as it sounds.  … Continue reading

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Most Popular Reads of 2009

This blog’s most popular posts involved innovation, fighting words, myths and data sources.  Not quite sure what this topical variety tells me about the direction I should take with this travel management blog in 2010, but stay tuned! (Sign up … Continue reading

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Social Scanning, Fuzzy Shopping and More Travel Innovations

**Update: The four finalists are noted below in bold purple text.** The Phocuswright Travel Innovation Summit showcased 34 firms yesterday. Each has an interesting new angle on some aspect of the travel business. For me, the firms in the social … Continue reading

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What’s Next in Travel Innovation?

Today I watched 34 firms pitch their innovations at a major travel industry conference. Nearly all were aimed at the leisure travel segment, but keep reading…because innovations in the consumer market will shape the face of business travel.

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Top 5 Posts – Last 40 Days

Here are the five most popular posts on this blog from the last 40 days: Trippy – Tomorrow’s Biz Trip Planning Tool? (Trippy is a mash-up of Google Wave, Google Maps and Lonely Planet content) Travel 101 (a 4-minute video … Continue reading

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“Future Innovations in Airline Distribution” Condensed

Here are the highlights from my recent presentation at CASMA titled  “Future Innovations in Airline Distribution”.   The original deck has about 50 slides, but because it was designed for a live 60-minute speech, it’s hard to get the meaning of many … Continue reading

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The Future of Airline Distribution

*** Update: Here’s a more current post that gives you the 3-minute condensed version of this presentation, including the most popular slides. *** Here’s what I presented today at the CASMA conference:

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