Posted June 8, 2017

Jeff Katz's Cross-Supplier Data Exchange Goes Into Testing

It's been nearly a year since Jeff Katz, BCG and several major U.S. airlines and hotels debuted a data exchange concept to facilitate personalized in-trip experiences for travelers and target merchandizing to them. Since then, Dihedral has rebranded to Journera and expanded its executive team, while engineers and data scientists built a minimum viable product. Now, Journera and partners are moving from construction to testing. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2016

Major Travel Suppliers Buy Into Open Data Exchange From Jeff Katz And BCG

Orbitz Worldwide founding chairman, president and CEO Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group are coming out with an ambitious plan for an open-source travel industry operating system that already has won buy-in and investments from American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and United Airlines. Read More »
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Posted May 12, 2016

GUEST: CWT's Eric Jongeling On Hotel Book-Direct Initiatives

Carlson Wagonlit Travel ‎director of hotel solutions Eric Jongeling doesn't expect managed travel programs to be severely impacted by book-direct campaigns enacted by major hotels. Read More »
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Posted November 21, 2014

New Hilton, Marriott Cancellation Policies Signal Embrace Of Last-Minute Bookings

New policies adopted by Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International that levy a charge of a one-night room rate plus taxes if bookings aren't canceled the day before arrival have been cast ... as little more than a fee grab. ... but both hotel companies also suggested the moves are about keeping inventory available for last-minute bookings. Read More »
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Posted November 23, 2011

Financial Services Not Fueling Corporate Travel Strength

Speaking last week at the PhoCusWright Conference 2011, Hilton Worldwide president of brands and commercial services Paul Brown noted that even though 2012 looks stronger in terms of rate than 2011 did this time last year, the industry is seeing a "fall-off" of transient demand from the financial services sector. Airlines similarly have reported softness from that sector.

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Posted December 16, 2010

STR Makes Overdue Change To Tier Structure

Smith Travel Research's announcement that it next year will begin using the terms "midscale" and "upper midscale" to define the midprice tiers is a welcome change, although from a travel buyer's and manager's perspective, the industry's undisputed category-maker could have done more.

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Posted October 15, 2009

Hilton's Woes

Hilton Worldwide found itself in a sticky situation yet again this week as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the Hilton Margarita and Suites be seized and nationalized because the property attempted to place conditions of its use for an event hosted by the Venezuelan government, according to AFP.

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