IHG Is Changing How It Distributes Its Hotel Rates to Boost Direct Bookings

In October 2019, IHG-owned brand Kimpton said it would launch a Stay Human Project where it transforms the decor in one room in a handful of European hotels to more explicitly connect guests to a sense of place and community. IHG, Kimpton’s parent company, has been embracing new tech tools. IHG Skift Take: IHG represents … [Read more…]

SiteMinder Diversifies Away From Helping Hotels Solely on Room Sales

A photo of the Casa Andina Standard Nasca in Nasca, Peru. The hotel chain uses SiteMinder for help with online distribution. SiteMinder has launched an app store to help smaller hotels adopt new tools from other third-party vendors to manage their properties. Casa Andina Standard Nasca Skift Take: Tech provider SiteMinder is the latest firm … [Read more…]

Sabre Predicts Clear Skies for Its Airline Distribution and Tech Businesses

Sabre CEO Sean Menke shown at an industry event in Kraków, Poland, in 2017. Sabre, a travel technology company, reported third-quarter earnings, with revenue up 1 percent year-over-year, totaling $984 million. Sabre Skift Take: To paraphrase Sabre executives, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with … [Read more…]

Facebook Urged to Place Libra Cryptocurrency Initiative on Hold

U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters wants Facebook to solve a plethora of other issues before it entertains developing the Libra cryptocurrency. Bloomberg Skift Take: If the Facebook-inspired Libra cryptocurrency were ever to be one of the solutions travel and other companies might deploy to resolve global payment issues, they might want to … [Read more…]

Jet Lag App Timeshifter Makes Moves on Asia’s Hotels, Airlines

Timeshifter – The Jet Lag App. Timeshifter Skift Take: Timeshifter, brandishing NASA-approved science, wants to revolutionize how the travel industry helps guests fight jet lag. The science has won consumers over, and is a no-brainer for airlines. But in Asia’s cutthroat hotel business, how it can integrate the app into different branded programs is perhaps … [Read more…]

Court Ruling Revives a US Airways Antitrust Case Against Sabre

A U.S. Airways jet departs Washington’s Reagan National Airport next to American Airlines jets outside Washington, February 25, 2013. Reuters Skift Take: A federal appeals court has asked for a partial do-over in antitrust litigation between US Airways and travel tech firm Sabre. After more than eight years and millions of dollars in expenses, the … [Read more…]

Datalex to Lose Lufthansa Tech Contract After Management Fiasco

Lufthansa aircraft shown at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport. Parent company Lufthansa Group is a major customer of Datalex, which suffered an accounting disaster in 2018 that continues to bring aftershocks. Alex Kraus / Bloomberg Skift Take: Airline tech vendor Datalex had a spectacular accounting meltdown in 2018. Lufthansa, its largest customer, wants to kill its contract. … [Read more…]

Hoteliers Take a Harder Look at How They Set Room Rates

The Bellagio Las Vegas belongs to MGM Resorts International, which is one of many hotel companies that have been investing more in revenue management technology. MGM Resorts Skift Take: Amateurs cut rates to fill hotel rooms. Pros take more sophisticated approaches, such as coordinating to stimulate demand from the most profitable customers. — Sean O’Neill … [Read more…]

TravelSky’s Performance Offers a View of China’s Slowing Air Travel Market

China Eastern Airlines is one of many domestic Chinese airlines to rely on TravelSky, a tech vendor, for its computing needs. TravelSky reported its first-half 2019 earnings on Thursday. China Eastern Airlines Skift Take: New data from China’s travel tech giant TravelSky shows that the country’s pace of air travel growth slowed in the first … [Read more…]

Scalability is Key to Driving Adoption of New Distribution Capability Standards

Skift Take: When it comes to implementing and adopting the New Distribution Capability standards for airline retailing, there needs to be a strong focus on enabling scalability, across the entire retailing, distribution, and fulfillment process. — Read the Complete Story On Skift