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Sabre posts record revenue for 2017 despite slowing growth
Sabre posts record revenue for 2017 despite slowing growth
By Kevin May | February 14, 2018
Sabre saw revenues hit more than $3.5 billion during 2017, in what the company claims was a "transformational year" for the business. Read More
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Q&A: How blockchain is helping Webjet improve efficiency, cut costs for hotel bookings
Q&A: How blockchain is helping Webjet improve efficiency, cut costs for hotel bookings
By Mitra Sorrells | February 14, 2018
When Microsoft announced in November 2016 that it was working with Australia-based online travel agency Webjet to build a blockchain proof-of-concept solution, the term “blockchain” was still relatively... Read More
News | Technology
Hotels admit steep reliance on online travel agencies
Hotels admit steep reliance on online travel agencies
By Kevin May | February 13, 2018
Hotels have a high dependency on online travel agencies to distribute their inventory, with almost every other channel deemed to be low on same scale. Read More
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Routehappy gets second GDS deal as Amadeus signs
By Kevin May | February 12, 2018
Amadeus will include airline information such as amenities, cabin services and seat provision to travel agencies after inking a deal with Routehappy. Read More
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Travel ledger blockchain billing
Travel tech entrepreneur launches blockchain system for non-airline services
By Mitra Sorrells | February 12, 2018
A new blockchain-based travel billing and settlement platform is in the works.    Read More
News | Startups
Rental tech providers Hostfully and Orbirental merge
Rental tech providers Hostfully and Orbirental merge
By Kevin May | January 31, 2018
Two vacation rental technology startups have agreed to combine companies, three years on from their inception in the U.S. Read More
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What hotels really want from reservation systems
What hotels really want from reservation systems
By Jill Menze | January 25, 2018
The sustained quest for personalization underlies decisions being made all across the travel industry - including how hotels choose to approach their central reservation systems (CRSs). Read More
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Video: How a travel startup uses Blockchain as part of a wider service
Video: How a travel startup uses Blockchain as part of a wider service
By Kevin May | January 23, 2018
For all the talk of Blockchain-led services on the verge of disrupting the travel industry, there still seems to be very few brands putting it at the heart of what they do. Read More
News | Technology
Helix buys attractions tech startup Booking Boss
Helix buys attractions tech startup Booking Boss
By Kevin May | January 15, 2018
Australia-based Booking Boss, provider of booking and ticketing tools to operators in tours and activities, has sold to Helix Leisure. Read More
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IHG starts major Amadeus tech move with Kimpton
IHG starts major Amadeus tech move with Kimpton
By Kevin May | January 11, 2018
Kimpton is the first group of properties within the InterContinental Hotels Group to switch over to the long-awaited platform provided by Amadeus. Read More
News | Technology
Video: Three approaches to running a travel startup
Video: Three approaches to running a travel startup
By Kevin May | January 9, 2018
One has taken in around $450 million funding. Another hasn't brought in any outside capital investment. The other a modest $1.5 million. Read More
News | Startups
PhocusWire Forecast 2018: Our view on Technology
PhocusWire Forecast 2018: Our view on Technology
By PhocusWire | December 20, 2017
The problem with technology as a term in the travel industry is that it’s now so ubiquitous that it becomes difficult to single out what developments are the most important for 2018. Read More
Opinion | Technology
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Rented raises $125 million for host guarantee plan
By Kevin May | December 7, 2017
Vacation rental management service Rented will use a massive investment windfall to tackle a different type of problem in its sector. Read More
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VIDEO: Solving a genuine multi-billion dollar problem in travel
VIDEO: Solving a genuine multi-billion dollar problem in travel
By Kevin May | December 6, 2017
There are a number of comments that often float about during travel startup pitch events - many of them not very positive. Read More
News | Technology
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In The Big Chair - Luis Maroto of Amadeus
By Kevin May | November 27, 2017
Almost 20 years - the last six as global leader - have seen the former-Bertelsmann exec push the company into new areas and list on the public markets. He tells Kevin May how the company views the... Read More
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