Articles tagged “blockchain”

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Offering to Get Backing From Booking Holdings

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Offering to Get Backing From Booking Holdings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking Holdings wants to be an innovator and supporter of alternative payments systems given its presence in emerging markets, especially in Asia. So it is understandable that Booking would want to be a first mover in Facebook's digital currency effort, regardless of how it eventually turns out.

1 month ago

Why Blockchain Could Come to Airport Security Checkpoints

Why Blockchain Could Come to Airport Security Checkpoints

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Blockchain in travel hasn't disappeared, even if people are no longer obsessed with getting rich off of cryptocurrencies.

4 months ago

U.S. Customs Wants to Use Blockchain for Travel Security Measures

U.S. Customs Wants to Use Blockchain for Travel Security Measures

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As governments and big corporations adopt blockchain solutions to persistent challenges, one shouldn't lose sight of the fact that blockchain's ledger technology can be used to surveil and persecute travelers.

4 months ago

Expedia CEO: Google Is Our Biggest Competitor

Expedia CEO: Google Is Our Biggest Competitor

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's rare to have an Expedia CEO speak so candidly about Google's threat to his own company. After all, Google knows how to punish companies when it wants to. Given Barry Diller's recent statements, and Okerstrom's view, there must be a lot of concern in Expedialand behind the scenes.

7 months ago

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Blockchain and Travel: Distributed Ledger Technology is Changing the Business of Airlines and Travel Agencies

Blockchain and Travel: Distributed Ledger Technology is Changing the Business of Airlines and Travel Agencies

Further Network + Skift

Travel tech leaders are betting on blockchain to transform nearly every aspect of the travel journey, making transactions simpler, more affordable, and more trustworthy, for both providers and consumers.

10 months 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

Companies Use Cryptocurrency to Attract Millennials to Loyalty Programs

Companies Use Cryptocurrency to Attract Millennials to Loyalty Programs

Olga Kharif, Bloomberg

Millennials are obsessed with cryptocurrency, so brands are looking to employ trendy crypto coins to sucker them into joining loyalty programs. The truth is, blockchain is more likely to save companies money on transaction fees than create any real value for consumers.

1 year ago

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CEO Interview: Amber Treshnell of Accor’s John Paul on Preparing for a Future Built by Blockchain

CEO Interview: Amber Treshnell of Accor’s John Paul on Preparing for a Future Built by Blockchain

Accor Group + Skift

The overall verdict on the buzz surrounding blockchain is still mixed, but Amber Treshnell, John Paul’s CEO, Americas, believes it will be as game-changing as the internet itself.

1 year ago

Corporate Travel’s Fear of Failure Dims Innovation

Corporate Travel’s Fear of Failure Dims Innovation

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It blows my mind that corporate travel executives say the same exact thing at this conference every year. It's like Groundhog Day with more suits and fewer laughs. Everyone wants to be one step ahead, but where is the incentive to actually take that step?

1 year ago

Travel Companies Face a Trust Deficit Unless They Reset Use of Customer Data

Travel Companies Face a Trust Deficit Unless They Reset Use of Customer Data

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor

An established order can only endure if it can take in outsiders. Rome fell to the barbarians, while the British upper class has assimilated celebrities and immigrants. Travel sellers like Google and TUI must absorb new technologies like blockchain or else they will die.

1 year ago

Ex-Googler in Taiwan Uses Blockchain to Track Double Hotel Bookings

Ex-Googler in Taiwan Uses Blockchain to Track Double Hotel Bookings

Bloomberg

Who knew that double hotel bookings, due to the proliferation of third-party sites, was such a big problem. Alas, many hoteliers were undoubtedly well-aware of the issue. Hey, if OwlTing's blockchain can help reduce the problem, then it is likely worth a few Bitcoin to someone.

1 year ago