April 2, 2014

NDC A Different Perspective

Tweet There has been a great deal written about IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC). Essentially NDC is an XML standard designed to allow airlines to deliver dynamic content and price based on a traveler’s value. It shifts control over pricing from a traditional published process to a dynamic repsonse controlled by the airlines. NDC has created a lot of controversy.  Major […]
March 13, 2013

Travelport Breaks Ranks and Agrees to Integrate AA Direct Connect

Tweet Today’s Travelport /American Airlines announcement marks a watershed moment in airline travel distribution. Over the last six months the two camps seemed to be solidifying their positions. On the airline side the purchase of the Open Axis Group schema by ATPCO followed by the IATA’s announcement that their New Distribution Capability (NDC) would embrace the same Open Axis Group standard,  aligned the airline distribution approach around a […]
February 19, 2013

The Future of Travel Distribution – Presentation at Farelogix Media Day

Tweet I was in Miami last week attending the Farelogix Media Day.  My presentation entitled The Future of Travel Distribution can viewed via SlideShare.   Part of my presentation discussed how competing consumer ecosystems (Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook) provide unique content and purchasing paths via mobile devices. Over the next five years mobile devices (including tablets) will become the foundation for most travel e-commerce. As a […]
April 30, 2012

The Impact of Mobile OS on Travel Distribution

Tweet 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 […]
April 30, 2012

How Can Regional TMCs Adapt to New Financial Models?

Tweet 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 […]
January 31, 2012

Why Voice Interaction Will Change Mobile Travel

Tweet Last year I completed a number of intense research projects on mobile travel trends. This includes two reports for Amadeus –Navigating the Airport of Tomorrow and The Always Connected Traveler: How Mobile will Transform the Future of Air Travel. I also was the  lead analyst for the PhoCusWright Special Report Mobile Hits the Mainstream.  These projects involved in-depth interviews with technology and […]