August 16, 2011

Leisure Travel Distribution 2004, Today and Tomorrow

  In 2004, I authored and published in conjunction with PhoCusWright a study entitled “Selling Complex Leisure Travel Online- Focus on Dynamic Packaging”. This research described an emerging leisure travel distribution platform based on an N-Tier architecture which blends proprietary content with external connections to deliver dynamic packages that are personalized to a consumer’s needs. I am glad that many of the concepts I described in the study have come to […]
August 16, 2011

Smart Mobs – Now a Reality

One of the most influential and clairvoyant books on mobile trends is Howard Rheingold’s 2002 Smart Mobs. Howard accurately predicted many of the trends we now see as common such as: The growth of smartphones The intersection between mobile and social media The use of mobile devices to mobilize protests (thus the term Smart Mobs). This last point came into clear focus with the Middle East Arab Spring and the […]
July 19, 2011

The always-connected traveller: How mobile will transform the future of air travel

  Earlier this year, Amadeus commissioned Travel Tech Consulting to conduct research on airlines mobile trends. The whitepaper “The Always-Connected Traveller: How Mobile Will Transform the Future of Air Travel” combines research from JD Power with interviews of nine airlines from around the world. Augmented with Travel Tech’s ongoing monitoring of mobile airline trends, the report provides a clear picture of the current […]
July 19, 2011

Why Amazon’s Entry into the Tablet Market May Be a Game Changer

Where do tablets fit into the travel process? The tablet un-tethers the traveler from the desktop whether in a hotel room, at the airport, on an airplane or siting on the living room couch. The tablet itself greatly expands a traveler’s ability to dream and plan a vacation, but what about using a tablet while on holiday? Tablets can be used […]
July 14, 2011

Mobile Vision Versus Reality

  Over the last 10 years I have been  a vocal advocate of the growing impact of mobile technology on the travel experience. I have written numerous articles, research reports, and I have given a number of speeches on the subject, including  most recently a keynote address at the Amadeus Airline e-Commerce Conference last month in Cannes (more about that research and […]
April 22, 2011

Airlines and GDS Battle in Court

The news this week that USAir has filled a suit against Sabre based on violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act comes on the heals of a similar lawsuit filled by AA against Travelport last week. These lawsuits may foretell serious disruption to the traditional travel distribution ecosystem. Most observers would agree that the GDS have been an oligopoly for some time and certainly a monopoly in […]