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NDC A Different Perspective

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 […]

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The Open Booking Debate

Over the last 18 months I have sat back and observed the heated debate over open booking. My strongest critic of this debate is not about the pros and cons (though I will share that in a moment), but on how definitions vary across articles and thus cloud the very essence of the debate. So […]

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The Dark Side of Travel and Big Bang Disruption

As a consultant over the last 19 years, I have traveled a great deal, but my travel experiences have mostly been sheltered from the challenges faced daily by the average traveler. This is particularly true as a top status frequent flyer with my favorite airline, traveling business class internationally and using CLEAR to bypass security […]

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Travelport Breaks Ranks and Agrees to Integrate AA Direct Connect

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 […]

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The Future of Travel Distribution – Presentation at Farelogix Media Day

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Why Voice Interaction Will Change Mobile Travel

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 […]

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Privacy versus Personalization

  Most agree that an important trend in e-commerce is personalization. This is even more essential in the mobile environment where location, context and personalization form the cornerstone for mobile search and marketing. Disturbing news of late around how mobile devices collect our information has created shockwaves across the Web. This includes the most recent reports on Carrier IQ […]

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