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INTERVIEW: LeisureLogix's Chicke Fitzgerald

INTERVIEW: LeisureLogix's Chicke Fitzgerald

Consultant Chicke Fitzgerald became an investor when she helped launch LeisureLogix, which last year partnered with Travelocity to provide travelers its RoadTrip Wizard for mapping and trip planning, destination and event information, and searches for local business resources. Now CEO of the company after Mike Hulley left in February, Fitzgerald spoke last week with The Beat's Jay Campbell about the challenges of getting the travel industry beyond an "air, car, hotel" mentality.

Chicke On The Beat Live

Chicke Fitzgerald posted two items on The Beat Live:

Distribution Basics: Case In Point - American Airlines

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

The Hubbub Over American Airlines Online

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.
Online Airline Ticket Sale Growth Trending Down

Online Airline Ticket Sale Growth Trending Down

The Airline Reporting Corporation tracks airline ticket sales for the 14,500 travel agencies (both online and offline) in the US. In May, these agencies sold $7.4 billion in air tickets, up 5.92 percent year over year.In the first quarter of 2011, online agencies represented 23 percent of all airline tickets sold in the US. The online category includes Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire and other pure play online agencies. The mega category including travel management companies (w

Stop the Obsession With The Air Traveler

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?

GUEST: Fitzgerald On Supplier Distribution Trends

The Beat appreciates the following submission from consultant Chicke Fitzgerald, CEO of the Solutionz Group.
Don't Be Fooled: Direct Distribution Is Not Free

Don't Be Fooled: Direct Distribution Is Not Free

I am somewhat amused by suppliers that look at their distribution options and discard what they deem as "higher cost" channels in favor of direct distribution.
Distribution Battles: AA And Sabre - I Can Hear The Engines Revving

Distribution Battles: AA And Sabre - I Can Hear The Engines Revving

There are many ways to solve this problem, but a reckless game of chicken is not one of them. A game of chicken can have but three outcomes:1. The GDS flinches2. The Airline flinches3. They crash
ARC Reports That Online Travel Agency Ticketing Growth Rate Is Declining

ARC Reports That Online Travel Agency Ticketing Growth Rate Is Declining

After several years of online agencies leading growth in air ticket sales, the last few months show a distinct decline for the online sector.