Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Travelport Confirms Slow GDS Market For Q2

The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Delta To 'Lean In' To GDSs, Renews Full Content Deal With Travelport

Delta Air Lines has renewed its full content agreement with Travelport "on a long-term basis," the global distribution system operator announced Thursday. Read More »
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Posted June 30, 2017

TMCs Weigh Options On American's Distribution Model

Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but. Read More »
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Posted June 6, 2017

GDSs Elongate Travel Agency Deal Cycles

When Sabre went public in 2014, it disclosed that global distribution contracts with major travel agencies lasted three to five years on average. Fast-forward to this year, Sabre's major travel agency customers "typically" contract for five to 10 years, according to its latest annual report. Read More »
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Posted May 19, 2017

Travelport Launches Two BI Tools For Agencies

Travelport has launched two business intelligence products for travel agencies aimed at evaluating operational performance and managing deals with suppliers. Read More »
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Posted May 9, 2017

Travelport GDS Segments Grow In The First Quarter

Travelport beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings for the first quarter and reported that travel agency segments processed through its global distribution systems—including air, car and hotel bookings—rose 4 percent year over year to 93 million. Read More »
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Posted March 28, 2017

Travelport Preps 'Shrink-Wrapped' Mobile Tech For Agencies

Travelport this summer plans to release a more "genericized" mobile offering for "second-tier travel agencies," based on mobile technology the company picked up in its 2015 acquisition of Dublin-based Mobile Travel Technologies, Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said. Read More »
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Posted March 1, 2017

Sabre, Travelport Achieve IATA NDC-Certified Status For Ancillary Sales

The International Air Transport Association certified Sabre Travel Network and Travelport as aggregators that have demonstrated the ability to support its New Distribution Capability standard for airline ancillary sales. As such, Travelport and Sabre became the first and second global distribution systems, respectively, to achieve some level of NDC-capable status as aggregators, while Amadeus remains "in progress," according to IATA. Read More »
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Posted February 24, 2017

Amadeus CEO: Definition Of 'Full Content' Is Evolving

As airlines advance merchandizing strategies, explore dynamic pricing, expand ancillary offerings and establish fare families, the definition of full content "will need to evolve" and, indeed, already is, Amadeus president and CEO Luis Maroto said today during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. Read More »
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