Tag Archives: GDS

De-Commoditizing Airlines – A Long Road Ahead

Last week in Beijing I made the case for de-commoditizing the airlines.  Even though it was a friendly audience at the CASMA Fall Global Conference, there was some sharp discussion during Q&A.  Fair enough, as I skewered American’s handling of … Continue reading

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Direct Connect By Google – Oh Yes

It’s a simple formula. Google Flight Search + Airlines’ Hunger for Direct Connect = Trouble for GDSs. You may think Google Flight Search is just another meta search tool.  I think it is a major step in a campaign to … Continue reading

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Four Barriers to Travel Innovation

I recently claimed in this webinar that the travel industry’s innovative golden years were in the 1990s, and that our industry hasn’t seen much innovation (with a capital I) since. Why the lack of innovation, you ask?  I listed three … 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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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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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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