Month: November 2016

Digital reaches global tipping point and keeps on growing

We Are Social has released the first tranche of data from its “Digital in 2017” project which shows that more than half the world’s population are using the internet. The project, in association with HootSuite, aggregates data from global sources such as Google’s Consumer Barometer, Akamai’s…

KDS boss on selling up, quitting and some home truths about travel tech

When American Express Global Business Travel bought KDS last year, Dean Forbes, the boss of the corporate travel tech company says it was time to step aside. As CEO since 2011 and vice president of sales before that, Forbes had seen the company through the development…

WEBINAR VIDEO: Tools and tips to drive online success for agencies and travel sellers

Travelers’ behaviour, needs, and expectations are constantly evolving as they embrace technology. The next leap forward for agencies and travel sellers who intend to stay competitive is to turbo-charge their own mobile and online capabilities, according to Sabre, the global travel technology giant. Providing bricks-and-mortar, mobile,…

Sabre distributes Legacy Hotels, Travelport inks Flynas, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel distribution in tourism and hospitality for January 2017. Thursday 26 January 2017: Sabre distributes Legacy Hotels The Africa-focused hotel group will use Sabre Hospitality Solutions technology to expand its network of properties through travel agencies around…

Word-of-mouth marketing takes off for Air Mauritius

Air Mauritius has identified word-of-mouth marketing as a way to help it compete with some of its big-spending rivals. The carrier operates in the competitive Indian Ocean leisure market, where it goes head-to-head with global giants such as Emirates, whose marketing budget stretches to getting Hollywood…

Understanding the Airbnb phenomenon, using 3D maps

There are various ways of viewing the rise of Airbnb on both a global and in individual country basis. And, depending on who you ask, you’ll inevitably get a different perspective. Hotels are either nervous or bold, whilst at the same time consumers are either thrilled with…

don’t look to Silicon Valley)

The Chinese believe that what happens at New Year influences your fortunes in the year ahead. Indeed, understanding China offers an insight into what is going to happen globally within technology and travel in 2017 and beyond. NB: This is an analysis by Kieron Branagan, CEO…

Airbnb – never mind the volumes, look at the growth

Certify‘s findings for 2016, based on expense claims filed through its system, includes some proper statistics for Airbnb. During the year just gone, Airbnb continued its run of doubling transaction volumes every year since 2014. No specific room night numbers are revealed, but Certify does specify…