Articles tagged “travel agencies”

Agencies Find Opportunity When Vacations Are Tacked Onto Business Travel

Agencies Find Opportunity When Vacations Are Tacked Onto Business Travel

Fred Gebhart, Skift

Conventional wisdom says a good travel agent can arrange leisure travel or corporate travel, but not both. Even if it were true, there’s nothing to prevent the agency from selling both leisure and business travel — except believing conventional wisdom.

4 days ago

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

European Commission Is Probing Travel Distribution Systems for Anticompetitive Practices

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Over the years, the big global distribution systems have been a major barrier to innovation by airlines and travel startups, in particular. The European Commission now intends to take a serious look at this dynamic.

3 weeks ago

Tzell Travel Advisor Turned Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd Into Fans of Her Tour-Planning

Tzell Travel Advisor Turned Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd Into Fans of Her Tour-Planning

Paul Biasco, Skift

As a travel advisor focusing on the entertainment industry, Amy Keeling has been practicing personalization for years, although not in the way the tech world thinks about it. Keeling has become an expert in ensuring comfort for her roster of rock bands as she learned their unique preferences over the last 25 years.

1 month ago

Luxury Travel Advisors Aim to Put the Person Back in Personalization

Luxury Travel Advisors Aim to Put the Person Back in Personalization

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Luxury travel advisors can thrive with the help of tech, rather than fear it, according to Matthew Upchurch, CEO of Virtuoso, and Jack Ezon, founder of Embark. Their claim makes intuitive sense.

3 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.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Report: The State of India Outbound Travel 2018

New Skift Research Report: The State of India Outbound Travel 2018

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

The India outbound travel market is poised to boom in a matter of years. The global travel industry needs to make itself aware of this market and why it matters now, so they’re not scrambling to catch up later.

4 months ago

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Airlines Are Finally on the Cusp of Getting Personalized Retailing Right

Airlines Are Finally on the Cusp of Getting Personalized Retailing Right

Sabre + Skift

Airlines and travel agencies are entering a new world of personalized retailing. While NDC will help push things forward, technology providers also need to think more broadly than the status quo and look ahead to the opportunities emerging technologies will present.

8 months ago

Ctrip Makes Offline Store Push in China as Its Profit Margins Rise

Ctrip Makes Offline Store Push in China as Its Profit Margins Rise

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Ctrip is betting on 6,000 franchise shops to take aim at cities where most travel shopping happens offline. At the same time, it hopes to increase its operating margins to Priceline-like levels. The two initiatives don't necessarily collide since Ctrip doesn't own the real estate or pay labor costs for the offline shops.

1 year ago

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Channel Shock: The Future of Travel Distribution

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The global distribution systems aren't going anywhere. Innovation, however, is happening in the margins of the travel distribution marketplace, with airlines seeking to regain control of their destiny.

1 year ago

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

American Airlines Revives Direct-Connect Moves While Sabre Questions Feasibility

Sean O'Neill, Skift

American is reviving its direct-booking conflict with distribution middlemen like Sabre. Advances in technology and fat profits at U.S. airlines make the threat more plausible now than a decade ago.

1 year ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

1 year ago

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

2 years ago