Travelport’s Plans to Go Private Held Up by Russian Regulators

Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson was in high spirits when his company debuted on the public markets in New York in 2014. The travel technology company quietly reported its first quarter 2019 earnings on Friday. The company is weeks away from going private. Travelport Skift Take: Russian regulators have put up obstacles to the long-discussed buyout … [Read more…]

Amadeus Finds Fastest Growth Overseas in North America

Amadeus IT Group reported positive growth in the first quarter of 2019, supported by more than 14 percent year-over-year growth in North America. Amadeus Skift Take: Texas-based Sabre can no longer take for granted its home market of North America as Amadeus attempts to make inroads on the continent. — Sean O’Neill 3/4PCS Travel Set … [Read more…]

Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

An example from Google’s video mockup of new Duplex features. Google Skift Take: It will be fascinating to see whether consumers embrace booking various elements of travel using Google Assistant. Perhaps more interesting is the way that Google Maps has become an all-purpose superapp in recent years. — Andrew Sheivachman 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS … [Read more…]

Sabre Will See Revenue Fallout From Jet Airways Collapse and 737 Max Grounding

Sabre expects to take a financial hit because the FAA has grounded all Boeing 737 Max jets in the United States, and carriers around the world have done likewise. Pictured is a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. United Airlines Skift Take: Sabre is engaged in a tough but necessary technology transition. Beyond the system … [Read more…]

IHG Sees Room for Improvement in Hotel Revenue Management

Shown here is the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Hefei Shi in Anhui Sheng, China. Parent company InterContinental Hotels has been changing its tech platform to offer more creative booking options. InterContinental Hotels Group Skift Take: InterContinental Hotels Group aims to use its new reservations system from Amadeus to set and shift rates based on … [Read more…]

Hertz Wanted a Cool Website: It Ended Up With a $32 Million Legal Nightmare

A yellow Hertz sign behind a car. The filed a lawsuit against Accenture April 19, 2019. David Welch / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s kind of amazing how many things went wrong. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage w/Lock 16"- 28" 4OPTS $83.90End Date: Friday Jun-14-2019 9:02:49 PDTBuy It Now … [Read more…]

Travelport’s Plan to Build Market Share With U.S. Airlines and Agencies

European travel management company BCD uses Travelport to power its TripSource itinerary management app. Travelport, based in the UK, has been expanding its presence in the U.S. BCD Travel Skift Take: Travelport sees an opportunity to gain share with mid-market travel management companies in the U.S., which seems plausible. But it will need to keep … [Read more…]

Vancouver Shuns Uber While Chinese-Language App Kabu Thrives

The Kabu Driver ride-sharing app. Ben Nelms / Bloomberg Skift Take: The underground ride-sharing app has big plans for growth, with an English version coming soon. By the time Uber gets on the road, it may find itself up against a solid competitor. — Isaac Carey 3/4PCS Travel Set Bag ABS Trolley Spinner Suitcase Luggage … [Read more…]

TravelSky’s Monopoly in China Helped Boost Annual Revenues

A China Southern flight attendant helps a passenger use the on-board entertainment system. Source: China Southern csair.com All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. In 2018 TravelSky, China’s travel technology giant, generated $1.11 billion in revenue, representing an increase of 11 percent year-on-year. China Southern Skift Take: TravelSky, … [Read more…]

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

An image of a dish at a restaurant in Japan. The country’s restaurants and operators of activities and attractions are increasingly accepting the QR-code-based digital payment methods favored by Chinese tourists. Japan National Tourism Organization Skift Take: Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how … [Read more…]