Posted February 8, 2012 - Los Angeles

Hotel CEOs Upbeat On Room Key Despite Its Late Arrival

Hotel company chief executives said they view the recently launched Roomkey.com booking site as a chance to regain control of their inventories, although a few around the industry questioned whether the effort might be too far behind the curve to be successful. Read More »
Posted February 7, 2012

Re: WSJ On The Coming Tech-led Boom

The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 30 published a great opinion piece called "The Coming Tech-led Boom," which outlined three fundamental shifts the writers believe will transform this century like electricity, telephony and mass production did the last one. Read More »
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Posted February 7, 2012

Managed Travel 2.0

Managed travel is experiencing a major shift. Thanks to technological innovation and competition, leisure travel offerings are in many cases outpacing those in corporate travel, especially when it comes to price and traveler experience. As a result, business travelers are questioning the value of managed travel services, while corporate leaders are questioning the value of policy-based programs. Read More »
Posted February 7, 2012

Study: Shift To Electronic Hotel Distribution Will Be Massive, Swift

Hotel distribution costs will increase significantly during the next few years, with several players now barely a blip on the hotel distribution radar poised to dominate quickly, according to a massive study of distribution channels released last month by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and STR. Read More »
Posted February 6, 2012 - Paris

KDS Launches Mobile Booking Tool, Will Test Automated Door-To-Door Itineraries

KDS last week launched what it claimed is the first fully functioning mobile corporate booking tool, offering negotiated fares, a policy filter and content from global distribution systems, low-cost carriers and rail operators. Read More »
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Posted December 14, 2011
Tom Magnuson

INTERVIEW: Magnuson Hotels CEO Tom Magnuson On The Global Hotel Exchange

Magnuson Hotels cofounder and CEO Tom Magnuson is developing an online agency model in which hotels pay no commissions or distribution fees, and travelers instead pay a booking fee of a few dollars. Magnuson's Global Hotel Exchange is set to launch in the United States and the United Kingdom in January; he reports "thousands of hotels" included in the platform. The appeal to hotels is clear: Some hotels pay as much as 30 percent of their room revenue to online travel agencies, Magnuson said, and Read More »
Posted November 15, 2011

Travel Search Innovation – The Next Breakthrough

My, what a contrast in travel innovation. The first two presenters at today’s PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit were Hipmunk and Evature. Both focus on simplifying the travel search process. Pay attention to the implications for corporate travel. Read More »
Posted August 5, 2011

GSA Creates Mobile Per Diem App

The U.S. General Services Administration launched a mobile app listing hotel, meal and incidental per diem rates for cities in the continental U.S. Taking into consideration how new the app is, there appear to be a few kinks left to work out, but otherwise, it is great platform for quick access to spending limits.

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Posted July 22, 2011

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Posted July 20, 2011

Southwest: DOT Tax-Disclosure Compliance Would Cost Millions, Delay IT Projects

It would seem simple enough: All carriers have to do by Oct. 24 is include government taxes and fees when quoting airfares in ads and fare displays, instead of relying on footnotes, asterisks, two-point fonts and fine print. But for Southwest Airlines, compliance with new Department of Transportation requirements would require a revamp of its frequent flyer program, cost millions in lost revenue and postpone other key IT projects--including already-stalled attempts to enable international bookin Read More »
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