June 1, 2020

Travel Tech Investment Opportunities in a Post Covid-19 World

With the industry at a near standstill due to the global pandemic, we often forget that over the last decade the travel industry experienced significant investment from Angels, Venture Capitalists and Private Equity, creating new travel/transportation unicorns (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, TripActions, Travel Perk and Oyo to name a few).  While post Covid-19 investors need to exercise caution, there is […]
May 13, 2020

The Role of NDC in a Post Covid-19 World

The recent announcement that beginning June 1st Sabre agents will no longer be able to book Lufthansa flights on the Sabre GDS may be a signal of more changes to come in travel distribution as the industry slowly recovers from the global pandemic. Though the Sabre/Farelogix deal was cancelled, the Sabre/DOJ trial clearly uncovered the airlines continued commitment to transform […]
April 22, 2020

Thoughts from the UK

I have asked my senior consulting network associates to provide some content for our blog during this difficult time for our industry. I have known and worked with John Melchior for over 15 years on various projects. John is well respected authority on market trends for both leisure and corporate travel. Here’s his thoughts on the current environment: My father […]
April 21, 2020

Business Travel Post-Covid 19, A New Reality

Business travel has halted, when it re-emerges, processes and procedures will change permanently.It is official, business travel has come to a complete halt. The chaos caused by Covid-19 is a serious threat to all who make a living in the business travel industry. On April 20th, a NY Times article reinforced the fact “Business Travel Has Stopped. No One Knows […]
April 16, 2020

VR and AR Find New Relevance

Will people use VR to experience virtual vacationing during the Covid-19 pandemic? That was the question I received last week from a reporter from CNBC. My response was that yes, some will seek a break from their shelter at home confinement and use VR to escape, but I believe a more important role of VR is travel planning. Both Virtual […]
April 15, 2020

The Most Important Emerging Tech That Will Find New Relevance in a Post-Covid-19 World

If I had to name one of the most important emerging technologies that will find new relevance in a post Covid-19 travel world, it would be wearables.  That may sound surprising as we clearly see that VR and AR are finding new value during the pandemic (more on that in a subsequent blog).  There is clearly new focus on all […]