Travel Distribution

April 30, 2012

The Impact of Mobile OS on Travel Distribution

Update: July 10th 2012 – Apple awarded iTravel Patent! The approaching wave of mobile OS travel buttons (Apple iTravel, Google Travel, Bing!Travel Mobile) need to be viewed within a historical context of travel distribution. At the heart of these efforts is a new customer interface for travel. During the pre-Web days, traditional travel agents controlled distribution through their mastery of GDS cryptic […]
April 30, 2012

How Can Regional TMCs Adapt to New Financial Models?

The corporate travel market has always been a bit of a paradox. Non-travel industry observers might assume that the big four Travel Management Firms (TMCs) – American Express, Carlson Wagonlit, BCD Travel and HRG – own 80% of the corporate market (the Pareto principle). Though these four TMCs do dominate the Fortune 500, overall they represent less than 50% of the […]
March 8, 2012

How OS Travel Buttons (iTravel, Google Travel) Will Change the Mobile Travel Landscape

It has been nearly 2 years since Apple filed the patent for iTravel, a comprehensive effort to capture the full cycle of travel booking, itinerary management and airport check-in. Last spring, Google completed its acquisition of ITA software and last September Google launched Flight Search while continuing to add features to its Hotel Finder. Also last year, RIM BlackBerry private […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]