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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines digital trends.
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Amadeus Traveler Data Exposed in a Thwarted Data Leak: Case closed, and no harm done. But data breaches seem never-ending.
Amazon Collects Fees From Cleartrip in New India Flights Offering: Amazon’s deal with Cleartrip using Amazon Pay for India domestic flights could be a forerunner of similar moves in other emerging markets where payment systems are being disrupted. This time around in travel, Amazon has decided to partner rather than build its own offering — a very reasonable way to get back into the game.
Ctrip’s Global Push Starts to Pay Off in Diversified Revenue Streams: The more Ctrip internationalizes its sources of revenue, the more it will cross swords with global players like Booking Holdings, which owns a small stake, and Expedia Group. It already claims to process more transaction volume than both of them, and a third of its revenue comes from outside mainland China.
Amadeus Begins Powering Next-Gen Airline Selling Via Online Agencies: Online travel agencies have been late to the airline sector push to sell airfares and other products in more modern ways. Travix has reached a milestone, though, with the help of tech firm Amadeus, and its story suggests the outline of future trends.
Serko, Travel Tech Provider of Zeno, Nearly Doubles Headcount: Serko isn’t a huge company, but it’s finding success selling its Zeno corporate travel tools around the world. We’ll find out in 2020 how its international growth strategy truly fares.
How Sabre Is Tackling Its Airline Tech Challenges: Sabre has sold operational tools to airlines for years, but the business unit became complacent. CEO Sean Menke has revved up the travel tech company’s metabolism. But it will take at least a year for his turnaround to kickstart renewed revenue growth in this unit.
How Travelperk Builds Better Tools for European Business Travelers: Europe has unique travel distribution and fulfillment issues, and Travelperk’s CEO is in the process of leading developments for better solutions for travelers.
Lonely Planet to Revamp Its Guidebooks, Starting With China: CEO Luis Cabrera has big plans to invest in digital opportunities, but right now the company is still in the experimental stage.
Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: This week travel startups announced more than $309 million in funding, as Mafengwo, Prowler.io, Instawork, Revenue Analytics, Dawex, and Outpost received investments.