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Skift Tech Forum Preview: Travelport’s CEO on a New Era for Airline Merchandising

Skift Tech Forum Preview: Travelport’s CEO on a New Era for Airline Merchandising

Sean O'Neill, Skift

CEO Gordon Wilson of Travelport says his technology company is making it easier for airlines to display on travel agency "shelves" their content in the way they want. If true, that could significantly help airlines maximize their revenue.

2 weeks ago

Amadeus Sees No Impact Yet on Airlines’ Pushback With New Distribution Models

Amadeus Sees No Impact Yet on Airlines’ Pushback With New Distribution Models

Sean O'Neill, Skift

For a couple of decades, distribution technology giants like Amadeus dictated contract terms to the airlines. But airline groups are leading a revolt to try to impose a new model on the middlemen. It's too early to say who will get the upper hand.

3 weeks ago

Travelport Lost Lucrative Flight Centre Contract to Distribution Rivals

Travelport Lost Lucrative Flight Centre Contract to Distribution Rivals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

No word on yet on what activist hedge fund investor Paul Singer of Elliott Management might try to pressure Travelport do this year. But research analysts expect that, at the very least, the travel technology company will be pressed to spin off its fast-growing eNett payments business.

3 weeks ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Google’s Rob Torres on Travel Marketing Relevance

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Google’s Rob Torres on Travel Marketing Relevance

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is Google on the road toward becoming an online travel agency? Color us skeptical on that one. How will voice-based search change the game? Google's Rob Torres will certainly express his views on these topics at Skift Forum Europe.

1 month ago

Myrtle Beach Family Tourist Attractions Want to Become Autism-Friendly

Myrtle Beach Family Tourist Attractions Want to Become Autism-Friendly

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Good for Myrtle Beach for setting an example for how to accommodate autistic children and their families. More global hotel chains should get on board to spread awareness on a larger scale.

2 months ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Hotelbeds CEO on Becoming No. 1 in Bedbanks Sector

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Hotelbeds CEO on Becoming No. 1 in Bedbanks Sector

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Business-to-business platforms are largely invisible to the traveling public but they have a big role to play behind the scenes. Hotelbeds Group sees an opportunity to consolidate within the sector.

2 months ago

Activist Investor Pushes for a Travelport Sale to Private Equity

Activist Investor Pushes for a Travelport Sale to Private Equity

Scott Deveau, Bloomberg

Will hedge fund Elliott buy out travel technology company Travelport? Or is it using financial jujitsu and hype to make a quick profit? One thing we know: Distribution companies like Travelport remain valuable.

2 months ago

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Emerging Travel Giant Meituan Mulling $60 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Among the many things on Uber's list of things to worry about, Meituan Dianping should be at or close to the top of that very long list.

2 months ago

Alipay Steps Up Push to Cater to Chinese Travelers in the U.S.

Alipay Steps Up Push to Cater to Chinese Travelers in the U.S.

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The phrase "cash is king" is fast becoming outdated as Chinese travelers popularize mobile payment methods like Alipay and Weixin Pay.

2 months ago

Google Maps Wants to Chart India’s Streets to Find Next Billion Users

Google Maps Wants to Chart India’s Streets to Find Next Billion Users

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

Google Maps can revolutionize how locals navigate their own city, but furthermore, it will attract tourists who want the comfort and confidence of a familiar app.

2 months ago

9 Big Challenges Facing Amadeus This Year

9 Big Challenges Facing Amadeus This Year

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus' track record of profitable growth has been music to the ears of investors. But some airline and hotel executives claim to hear discordant notes in the giant technology vendor's forecasts.

3 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Back-End Travel Tech Gets a Design Renaissance

Travel Megatrends 2018: Back-End Travel Tech Gets a Design Renaissance

Sean O’Neill, Skift

The travel industry urgently needs operational software that normal people find intuitive, flexible, and powerful. Otherwise it will lose efficient early-career workers to other sectors that have superior tools.

4 months ago