Articles by Andrew Sheivachman

Project-Based Business Trips Are More Expensive Than Traditional Corporate Travel

Project-Based Business Trips Are More Expensive Than Traditional Corporate Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Project-based business trips are more costly than other types of business travel in the U.S., but account for only a small percentage of the overall trips taken each year. This may rise, though, as the manufacturing and construction sectors continue to grow.

7 hours ago

How Travelport Is Embracing Blockchain

How Travelport Is Embracing Blockchain

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travelport, essentially, wants to integrate blockchain into the platform it is developing without throwing out the existing distribution technology it uses. The technology could find its niche in the company's offerings, even as others develop more disruptive and flexible marketplaces for travel selling using blockchain, too.

3 days ago

Interview: Travelport Looks to Solve Hotel Distribution Problems With Blockchain

Interview: Travelport Looks to Solve Hotel Distribution Problems With Blockchain

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Some think blockchain can help decentralize travel distribution, which has historically been dominated by a small handful of players. These entrenched companies, however, see blockchain as a technology that can help fix some of the inefficiencies in the travel distribution marketplace without fully disrupting the status quo.

4 days ago

Selling Event Tickets on Social Media Is Here to Stay

Selling Event Tickets on Social Media Is Here to Stay

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Instagram already offers ticketing services in its app, and it seems like Snapchat is well on its way. Beyond selling tickets, though, both platforms are also jockeying to become the premier platform for augmented reality technology and content as the sector develops.

4 days ago

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

Private jets are catching the eye of wealthy travelers and corporations following a period of soft pricing and reduced depreciation of used planes. For those who can afford it, a $9.7 million jet can be worth avoiding the traditional public aviation experience. They're buying now as prices have begun to creep higher.

6 days ago

Would You Buy Your Next Event Tickets on Instagram?

Would You Buy Your Next Event Tickets on Instagram?

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Engagement with social media for planners and marketers is moving beyond hashtags and sponsored posts into a competitive marketplace for digital ticket distribution. This won't really affect associations and B2B conferences immediately, but make sure to track the trend as consumer events experiment with distribution over social networks.

1 week ago

Flying Cars Are Coming But Jetpacks May Remain a Dream

Flying Cars Are Coming But Jetpacks May Remain a Dream

Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Boeing launched a contest to explore new jetpack concepts but ended up with a bunch of motorcycles with propellers instead. This is just more evidence that the burgeoning field of flying vehicles probably won't end up looking like what many expect.

1 week ago

How the Global Distribution Systems Are Fighting for Change

How the Global Distribution Systems Are Fighting for Change

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The global distribution systems are finally moving away from the antiquated legacy systems that frustrate travel providers. Will their new cloud-based systems usher in a new era for corporate travel, or help maintain the status quo?

1 week ago

Event Dining Costs and Complexity Rise in the Instagram Age

Event Dining Costs and Complexity Rise in the Instagram Age

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Dining has become an integral part of the travel experience in recent years while remaining somewhat secondary for many meetings and events. Events are now working to leverage quality food and beverage options without breaking the bank.

2 weeks ago

Southeast Asia’s Ridesharing Battle Continues With $1 Billion Investment in Grab

Southeast Asia’s Ridesharing Battle Continues With $1 Billion Investment in Grab

Ville Heiskanen, Bloomberg

After forcing Uber to cooperate with its ambitions in Asia, Grab is receiving billions in funding to compete against rival service Go-Jek.

2 weeks ago

Car Rental Giants Get Much-Needed Financial Boost From Used Car Pricing

Car Rental Giants Get Much-Needed Financial Boost From Used Car Pricing

Austin Weinstein, Bloomberg

Last year, Hertz and Avis struggled to sell off their old vehicles in a soft market for used cars. They need the money to invest in new cars and their technology stacks. Now that the used car market has recovered, it will be a little easier for them to muddle forward despite intense competition from Uber and Lyft.

2 weeks ago

Planners and Hotels Wrestle With Rising Costs as Event Dining Evolves

Planners and Hotels Wrestle With Rising Costs as Event Dining Evolves

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

As social media shines a spotlight on dining experiences, delegate expectations are placing pressure on food and beverage budgets. Meeting organizers don’t just have to deal with allergies and intolerances; they also have to wow attendees while keeping costs under control.

2 weeks ago