For two decades, modern travel management has preached the virtues of travel policy compliance, use of preferred suppliers, and booking through the proper channels.
See GE’s description of its global travel program as Exhibit A. It’s six sigma production line thinking at its best. It’s the pursuit of travel program optimization via the logic of travel management.
But that policy-first approach frustrates travelers who have access to plenty of good consumer travel tools, who know the value of their time and their trips, and have no problem staying within their travel budget. For them, it’s all about the art of traveling.
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 travel. Dot 3: There’s a big travel-related search market that Google hasn’t cracked. It sits behind the walls of the GDSs. Dot 4: ITA Software has deep expertise in airline pricing, shopping and availability searches. ITA powers Continue reading →