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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Cut Tourism VAT Campaign hits Westminster

Campaigners drove a 'mobile beach' from Downing Street to Parliament Square as a part of the ongoing campaign to cut UK tourism VAT to 5 per cent. Read More »

Friday, June 06, 2014

2014 Business Travel Survey: GDS booking volumes still rising

For all the talk of their ultimate demise, global distribution systems process growing volumes of travel transactions. They slowly are starting to accommodate sales of airline ancillary items and provide an array of services to travel management companies, corporate buyers and travelers.
Amadeus is the most profitable of the three and has been posting the highest revenue growth rates. By its measure of booking volume, it's setting the pace, and by its measure of travel agency air booking market share, it's the largest and growing (up to 39.9 percent in the first quarter).

Within Sabre Travel Network, first-quarter direct billable bookings increased 4.4 percent year over year, and Sabre claimed its "booking share" improved marginally to 35.4 percent. CFO Rick Simonson said the company expects Travel Network booking growth between 2.5 percent and 3 percent for full-year 2014.

Travelport's number of segments processed during the first quarter increased 2 percent year over year after a 1 percent increase during 2013. Its market share, though, appears to lag Amadeus and Sabre. Travelport has been growing "beyond air" activities, including those related to hospitality and payment. Read More »

Monday, May 12, 2014

As tablets and smartphones proliferate, online travel bookings shift to mobile

As more consumers adopt advanced mobile devices, mobile travel bookings are beginning to boom, according to new figures from eMarketer. US mobile travel sales, which include travel purchases on both tablets and smartphones, totaled $16.36 billion in 2013 and will increase another 59.8% this year to reach $26.14 billion. Read More »

Monday, February 03, 2014

GDS Bookings and rates continue to deliver increased revenue throught Q1 2014

GDS booking and rates continue to deliver increased revenue through Q1 2014

Global GDS forward-looking data reported from Pegasus Solutions points to a positive outlook for the business sector. Bookings made thus far for arrivals January through April show a monthly increase over prior year of +5%, and closer to +9% for February. Rates continue to show modest growth at an average of +3% through the first quater of 2014. Read More »

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hotels must fix rate parity as survey shows guests save 15% through OTAs

Hotel companies who want their guests to book with them directly should look at adjusting their pricing, suggests new research, which finds that on average people save up to 15 per cent when booking through an OTA compared to booking directly with the hotel itself. Read More »