Chicke Fitzgerald posted two items on The Beat Live:
Travel technology is anything but simple. These days, I spend the better part of my week talking to the investment community about travel technology and trying to help them make sense of the current distribution debate, which is mostly about money, but at least in part is about the technology infrastructure of this industry.So today, since the AA/Sabre dispute is at the top of the list of things that the investment community wants to talk about, I decided to use American as my case in point abo
I find it interesting that the travel industry, and online travel in particular, believes that it has the birthright to display 100 percent of all travel supplier content. And conversely that suppliers should take for granted that all distribution channels should have the obligation to distribute their products on their terms.
Did you know that 85 percent of all overnight trips in the U.S. are taken by car? And that 78 percent of all spending on travel in the U.S. is done by people traveling by car? Hitwise reports that 6 out of the top 10 search terms in the travel category include mapping and driving directions. So in light of all that, how to we account for the travel industry's obsession with the air traveler?
The Beat appreciates the following submission from consultant Chicke Fitzgerald, CEO of the Solutionz Group.