Posted March 17, 2017

LETTER: Yapta CEO Counters Farelogix CEO's Perspective On Full Content

In a guest column this week, Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson took aim at full content agreements between airlines and global distribution systems. Yapta CEO James Filsinger submitted a letter in response. Read More »
Posted March 13, 2017

GUEST: Jim Davidson Asks, Have We Finally Had Our Fill Of Full Content?

Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements. Read More »
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Posted September 30, 2016

LETTER: IATA Replies To Guest Column On NDC

In a guest column, noGDS CEO Christian Kameir took issue with aspects of the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standards. Among his criticisms were IATA's use of XML as NDC's programming language. IATA responded to clarify its standard and progress in adopting formats other than XML. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2016

GUEST: NDC Provides 'No Discernible Contributions' For Travel Sellers

Christian Kameir, a former exec with travel management company Traveltrust and CEO of travel market startup noGDS, submitted this column on the International Air Transport Association's New Distributi... Read More »
Posted July 11, 2016

GUEST: Johnny Thorsen Asks: To Bot Or Not In The Post-App World?

After years of relentless focus on the user experience, a new and interesting trend is emerging in the tech world: Simplicity—and ideally invisibility—is now at the forefront of user engagement. The potential benefits and challenges associated with this philosophy are likely to change the travel industry in dramatic ways. 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 April 1, 2016

LETTERS: Two Responses On Third Parties And Innovation

Agency Technology president Lee Brubaker and Cornerstone Information Systems CEO Mat Orrego respond to a guest column by AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg, who argued that an over-reliance on third-party technology inhibits travel management company innovation. Read More »
Posted March 30, 2016

GUEST: AmTrav's Fichtelberg On How Third-Party Tech Inhibits TMC Innovation

Craig Fichtelberg, co-founder and president of Chicago-area travel management company AmTrav, discusses how an over-reliance on third-party technology and tech integration is the enemy of true travel management company innovation. Read More »
Posted October 26, 2015

COMMENT: CWT's Nicholas Vournakis On Disruption And Collaboration

The Beat's readers selected Carlson Wagonlit Travel ‎senior vice president of global marketing Nicholas Vournakis' pitch over 11 others, voting for him to deliver his keynote address on disruption and collaboration at The Beat Live conference in Arlington, Va. A condensed and edited transcript of his remarks, delivered late last month, follows. Read More »
Posted September 4, 2015

The Hotel Attachment Problem

The Beat editor-in-chief, Jay Boehmer, recently reported on Christopherson Business Travel’s new hotel compliance system, Hotel Attachment. The article and its title, “Christopherson Thinks It Has Solved The Hotel Attachment Problem,” were bold and certainly provocative. I’m not surprised that some responses were somewhere between curious and even incredulous. Read More »
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