Articles tagged “blockchain”

Air New Zealand Plans to Test Blockchain Integration With Its Reservation System

Air New Zealand Plans to Test Blockchain Integration With Its Reservation System

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Anyone remember Google Wave? Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, TUI, and a whole bunch of investors and techies are betting that blockchain fulfills a lot of promise and exhibits a ton more staying power than previously-hyped technologies that didn't hang around very long.

2 days ago

New Skift Research Report: The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

New Skift Research Report: The Future of Blockchain in Travel Distribution 2018

Luke Bujarski, Skift Research

Our channel checks and industry data point to a relevant future for blockchain technology in travel distribution. However, proponents will need to move fast in creating compelling applications that perform better than what's already out there.

2 days ago

Disruption From All Directions — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Disruption From All Directions — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Erratic weather and emerging technologies alike are creating a more complex corporate travel ecosystem.

1 month ago

Lufthansa Partners With a Blockchain Provider in an Investment Worth Testing

Lufthansa Partners With a Blockchain Provider in an Investment Worth Testing

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It is easy to see why Lufthansa, which sells flights and ancillary services, would be interested in blockchain. Airlines, hotels and tour operators might be able to use blockchain to dramatically reduce their distribution costs. At this stage, it is hard to tell how close this is to being a reality, and how fearful online travel agents and others should be.

1 month ago

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Why Online Travel Agencies Will Line Up Against Blockchain Adoption

Mohammad Gaber, Skift

The online travel agencies — as the Apex Predators and beneficiaries at the top of the current distribution scheme — aren't likely to rush in to invest in a technology that democratizes access to travel content.

2 months ago

Loyalty-Program Fatigue and What to Do About It

Loyalty-Program Fatigue and What to Do About It

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International

Personalization and mobile tools will allow loyalty programs to create more compelling offers for their members in coming years. The most important advances, however, may originate outside of the travel industry.

2 months ago

Priceline Group CEO Sees No Big Investments in Blockchain for Now

Priceline Group CEO Sees No Big Investments in Blockchain for Now

Daniel Peltier, Skift

A CEO such as the Priceline Group's Fogel has to pick which new technology to panic about next. He's keeping tabs on blockchain, but it's not on his investment to-do list yet.

2 months ago

6 Blockchain Takeaways From Tour Operator TUI’s Hotel Initiative

6 Blockchain Takeaways From Tour Operator TUI’s Hotel Initiative

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI's chief executive is nailing his colors to the mast when it comes to blockchain and its benefits for the travel industry. In theory the technology is great — and TUI has already identified an effective way to use it — but will the hype be justified?

3 months ago

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

4 Takeaways on the Future of Travel Distribution and the Accompanying Channel Shock

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines around the world are looking to revamp their distribution and merchandising efforts. Most of the innovation is happening in Europe right now, but U.S. airlines are starting to experiment, as well.

3 months ago

Blockchain Will Disrupt Expedia and Airbnb, TUI CEO Says

Blockchain Will Disrupt Expedia and Airbnb, TUI CEO Says

Dave Montali, Skift

Blockchain is essentially a large immutable database which, due to its security features and decentralized nature, can pose a threat to traditional intermediaries. Companies are looking to expand blockchain to tackle the current travel distribution landscape.

5 months ago

Facebook and Google’s Travel Ad War — Digital Marketing News This Week

Facebook and Google’s Travel Ad War — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressmann, Skift

Facebook is challenging online advertising heavyweight Google by offering innovative products that target travel brands (and other sectors). Expect the social network to seize some market share but how much remains to be seen.

7 months ago

Loyalty Programs See Opportunities in Blockchain Technology

Loyalty Programs See Opportunities in Blockchain Technology

James O'Brien and Dave Montali, Skift

Consumers, especially millennials, want loyalty points that aren't so difficult to redeem. To address that issue, startup Loyyal is now developing a universal point system based on blockchain technology that allows cross-partner redemption.

1 year ago