Articles tagged “gds”

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

How Do Hotels and Online Travel Agencies Really Define a Direct Booking?

Dave Montali, Skift

There ain't no such thing as a free booking.

1 week ago

Travel Tech CEO Series: Amadeus Is Evolving Despite Airline Distribution Pressures

Travel Tech CEO Series: Amadeus Is Evolving Despite Airline Distribution Pressures

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In his first interview with Skift, Amadeus's chief executive Luis Maroto makes a persuasive case that his $24.8 billion company is successfully navigating industry changes.

1 week ago

Lufthansa Is No Longer Alone in Its Battle Against Airfare Middlemen

Lufthansa Is No Longer Alone in Its Battle Against Airfare Middlemen

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ukraine's flag carrier is the first airline to follow Lufthansa's bold September 2015 move to add a surcharge to bookings made via third-parties. Yet the industry may be overstating the threat to the revenue of the middlemen.

1 month ago

Metasearch Tech Is Turning Skyscanner Into a Branded Airline Storefront

Metasearch Tech Is Turning Skyscanner Into a Branded Airline Storefront

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Skyscanner is becoming an online shop-window for airlines, providing a branded experience that's similar to the airline's own sites. Behind this move is a technological upheaval that's scrambling commercial alliances.

2 months ago

Amadeus’ Bet on Hotel Services Is Beginning to Pay Off

Amadeus’ Bet on Hotel Services Is Beginning to Pay Off

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus says it is pulling off its promised trick of staying profitable despite margin pressure on its mainstay airline services business. This year much depends on how well its reservation system projects with Southwest Airlines and IHG go.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Report: The State of the Global Vacation Rental Market 2017

New Skift Research Report: The State of the Global Vacation Rental Market 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Professionally-managed and do-it-yourself rentals are two very different types of hospitality businesses. Airbnb lit the spark, but there's still plenty of room to grow and to gain market share.

3 months ago

Sabre’s New CEO Wants to Instill an Accountability Culture

Sabre’s New CEO Wants to Instill an Accountability Culture

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In January there was a changing of the guard at Sabre. New CEO Sean Menke thinks his background as a former airline CEO gives him insight into what airlines want from Sabre in new products. But he'll need to up his company's product execution and delivery if he wants to maintain market share, according to employee complaints.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

New Skift Research Report: State of Tours and Activities Tech 2017

Luke Bujarski, Skift

Sophistication and adoption of back-end technology on the supply side is getting to a point where the big players in online travel are taking the tours and activities segment seriously. It's an expanding growth opportunity for new and direct revenue streams across the entire traveler journey, beyond core transport and accommodations products.

4 months ago

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Google Flights Gets Aggressive by Intercepting Airline Trademarks

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is aggressively placing itself more prominently than ever between the consumer and the airline in the quest for bookings. What does it mean? Airlines are getting more qualified leads but are losing control and getting even more beholden to Google.

4 months ago

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

United Signals It Wants a Better Deal with Reservation Middlemen

Sean O'Neill, Skift

If United were Facebook friends with reservation systems like Sabre and Amadeus, it would have just changed its relationship status from "Friends" to "It's complicated." New President Scott Kirby is worried how those companies will display its new basic economy product to travel agents and (indirectly) to ticket buyers.

4 months ago

American Air Wins Its Five-Year-Old Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Sabre

American Air Wins Its Five-Year-Old Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Sabre

Brian Sumers, Skift

$5.1 million is not a lot of money for a giant global airline, but for US Airways — and later American — this was always about more than money. The airlines argue that firms like Sabre have long held too much power.

5 months ago

Sabre’s New CEO Is Former Frontier Airlines Chief Sean Menke

Sabre’s New CEO Is Former Frontier Airlines Chief Sean Menke

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airlines and travel agents are Sabre Corp.'s most important constituencies -- other than shareholders -- and now the company has former airline executives serving as CEO and executive chairman of the board. These airline connections aren't the only reasons the board selected these executives but their experience certainly can't hurt.

5 months ago