Travelsky Puts On a Brave Face as Chinese Flight Demand Slowly Rebounds

A China Southern aircraft. All Chinese airlines use travel technology firm TravelSky’s systems to manage their domestic businesses. China Southern Skift Take: Travelsky, China’s travel technology giant, said it will weather the coronavirus-related plunge in air travel without needing to lay off workers. Remarkably, in January it added a tool to its popular flight app … [Read more…]

Second Life Targets Corporate Sector as Travel Lockdown Bites

A virtual meeting in Second Life. Second Life Linden Lab Skift Take: Second Life has every right to reach out to businesses figuring out new ways to work remotely and to better engage potential customers, but there’s a lot of competition right now. — Matthew Parsons Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID … [Read more…]

What Is Going to Happen to All Postponed Events?

Join the editors of EventMB for Pivot to Virtual, a two-hour online summit on Wednesday, March 8, at 12 p.m. ET. GioRez / Adobe Skift Take: The events industry is living through one of the most difficult times of its existence. The coronavirus outbreak has forced an incredible number of events to be postponed. But … [Read more…]

Executive Q&A: How to Cut Costs on Business-to-Business International Payments

Skift Take: Travel companies today are more dependent on moving money around the world than ever before. Minimizing the friction caused by foreign exchange fees, regulatory surcharges, and other international fees requires a secure and streamlined global payment solution. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Airbnb, Others Will Pony Up Data and 10 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Airbnb and its competitors will share all kinds of data in a new agreement with the European Union. Airbnb Skift Take: In digital news this week, Airbnb, Expedia, Tripadvisor, and others reached an unprecedented agreement with the European Union to share data. Will it shift the competitive landscape? Plus, coronavirus has wreaked havoc on global … [Read more…]

Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Kevin King, chief operating officer of Shiji Group (left) spoke to Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at Skift Tech Forum June 2019 in San Francisco. The Trump Administration on Friday demanded that Beijing-based Shiji unwind its acquisition of StayNTouch, the hotel property management system. Skift Skift Take: This is a highly unusual action. … [Read more…]

Amadeus Highlights Meager 1 Percent Air Traffic Growth in 2020 Outside China

Amadeus, the global provider of technology solutions for the travel industry, has its research and development center in near Nice, France at Sophia Antipolis. Amadeus is a bellwether for global air travel because it’s the sector’s largest technology provider. Cornavirus drove steep booking declines in February 2020. Amadeus Skift Take: Amadeus, the world’s largest provider … [Read more…]

Oracle Hospitality Takes Hotel and Vendor Gripes Seriously At Last

Alex Alt, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Hospitality, spoke at the company’s customer conference in Singapore in late 2019. Oracle Skift Take: For too long, Oracle Hospitality, a giant in the hotel tech space, has prioritized internal needs. Now it’s changed its tune. It says it’s making hotels the boss. The long … [Read more…]

Amadeus Buys Optym’s Flight Network Planning Tech

Amadeus is acquiring Optym, a technology company that helps airlines with planning and scheduling their flight networks. Bloomberg Skift Take: Amadeus was smart to acquire Optym’s well-regarded software for helping airlines optimize their flight networks. While this deal is small, the tech giant is signaling its commitment to the airline technology and airport services space … [Read more…]

What the Sabre-Farelogix Antitrust Trial Could Reveal About Airline Technology

An image of a speaker’s dais at the U.S. Department of Justice. On Monday, a Delaware court began hearing arguments in the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Sabre over an acquisition. Brendan Smialowski / Bloomberg Skift Take: It’s notable that we had a much easier time finding experts who supported Sabre’s proposed merger … [Read more…]