Distribution

Sabre predicts clear skies for its airline distribution and tech businesses

Nov 03, 2019 / Sabre
Sabre
Sabre

According to Sabre, airlines in North America are too fat and happy to be bothered to mimic the experiments with direct distribution happening in Europe.

Executives at Sabre believe the travel technology giant will enjoy stable growth in the near-term, despite talk by some airlines of trying to persuade more travel agencies to book directly with them.

Sabre doesn’t face the same distribution pressures that haunt its European-based peer companies like Amadeus and Travelport, said CEO Sean Menke during the Southlake, Texas-based company’s earnings call on Thursday.

Download: Sabre reports third quarter 2019 results

Distribution

Thomas Cook brand set for revival as OTA

Nov 03, 2019 / Thomas Cook
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Shutterstock

The Thomas Cook name could be revived as an online travel agent amid speculation that Chinese conglomerate Fosun is poised to buy the brand.

The Club Med owner and former shareholder in the failed UK travel group is today reported to be in advanced talks to acquire the Thomas Cook name.

A deal to acquire the Thomas Cook assets could be announced as soon as this week, although a number of other groups have been bidding with Tui thought to have had an offer for the domain name turned down.

Distribution

Facebook removes Airbnb guests blacklist

Nov 03, 2019 / Airbnb
Airbnb
Airbnb

The purpose of Facebook’s Airbnb Guests Blacklist, before its sudden death, was to be a searchable database of “bad guests” from all of the major booking sites, including Airbnb, HomeAway, Vrbo, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, and others.

The group, which had nearly 8,000 members, was designed for “active hosts only,” who had to provide a rental listing when requesting permission to join.

In violating guests’ privacy, hosts regularly post private guest-host messages sent through Airbnb on these Facebook closed groups, which have thousands of members.

Digital Marketing

Google Promoted Hotels available on mobile

Nov 03, 2019 / Google
Koddi
Koddi

Promoted Hotels placements have been introduced to mobile, expanding their presence on Google Hotel Search.

As is the case in desktop search, Promoted Hotels will appear in one to two placements on the first page of the search query and will update based on the filters provided.

While scrolling through the properties listed, both the maps and filter drop down menus will be persistent throughout the search, allowing the user to update search parameters on the fly. In doing so, the listings will fully refresh and the user will be pushed back to the top of the list, allowing new properties to assume the Promoted Hotel placements slots.

Distribution

Merged Pegasus and Travel Tripper will retain Pegasus brand

Nov 03, 2019 / Pegasus
Pegasus
Pegasus

The new Pegasus combines Travel Tripper’s CRS, booking engine and e-commerce solutions with Pegasus’s GDS and global sales solutions and business intelligence tools.

At the heart of the rebranded platform is the Pegasus CRS, a cloud-based reservations system that offers unprecedented flexibility, scalability, security, and support in managing rates and inventory and providing lightning-fast global distribution across a wide network of channel partners.

The system, which will be based on the underlying architecture of Travel Tripper’s RezTrip CRS, natively includes some of the industry’s most innovative rate management tools and features.