Blockchain can bypass travel intermediaries, says Phocuswright
Monday, October 15, 2018
BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY WILL "ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR POWERFUL THIRD PARTIES" IN TRAVEL AND "CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO", ACCORDING TO PHILIP WOLF, FOUNDER OF TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY ANALYST PHOCUSWIGHT.

Wolf told Abta's Travel Convention in Seville: "Google is the pre-eminent intermediary between you and the internet. Amazon is the biggest thing sitting between you and online suppliers. Blockchain can bypass all this."

He said: "Bitcoin is endeavouring to replace PayPal. Ethereum will challenge ... Read more
The top high-end travel apps used by affluent Chinese travelers
Monday, October 15, 2018
HIGH-END TRAVEL APP BOOKING EXPERIENCED A BOOM AS MANY BUSINESSES SEIZED THE POTENTIAL OF ANOTHER LUXURY MARKET THAT FOCUSED MORE ON EXPERIENCES THAN MATERIAL GOODS. HERE ARE FIVE ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY APPS THAT AFFLUENT CHINESE TRAVELERS LOVE.

SPARKLETOUR: Launched in 2014, SparkleTour is the high-end arm of one of China's three major tour corporations, CYTS. What makes the platform unique is the customized trip-planning function. Every client from the loyalty program, SparkleTour Club, ... Read more
Blockchain and artificial intelligence—hype or help for travel programs?
Friday, October 12, 2018
THE CONSUMERIZATION OF CORPORATE TRAVEL MEANS EMPLOYEES ARE OFTEN AT THE FRONT LINES OF TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION FOR THEIR FIRMS. THAT'S WHY TALK ABOUT BLOCKCHAIN AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ISN'T HYPE, BCD TRAVEL'S MIRIAM MOSCOVICI RECENTLY TOLD INDUSTRY PUBLICATION PYMNTS [1].

"In the business travel space, our customers and travelers are born in the consumer market," said Moscovici, director of emerging technologies for the travel management company. "Their appetite is ripe for the consumer ... Read more
Travelers not yet comfortable with ‘chatbots’
Thursday, October 11, 2018
FEWER THAN 50 PERCENT OF TRAVELERS SURVEYED BY PHOCUSWRIGHT SAID THEY WERE COMFORTABLE USING "CHATBOTS," OR COMPUTER-POWERED ASSISTANTS, IN MAKING THEIR TRAVEL PLANS.

Text and online chats are fine with many travelers for handling various parts of their trips, including contacting a hotel front desk or concierge, according to a survey by Phocuswright. However, there was a limit to the respondents' enthusiasm, and it stopped at talking with "chatbots."

Using chatbots, or ... Read more
Air France-KLM takes the Winding Tree road
Monday, October 8, 2018
Air France-KLM [1] has taken a cue from Lufthansa to become the latest major airline to sign a deal with Winding Tree [2], the blockchain start-up looking to play disruptor with its decentralised travel ecosystem.

"With blockchain technology, we aim to revolutionise exchanges within the travel industry for our customers, companies and start-ups," said Sonia Barrière, EVP strategy and innovation at Air France-KLM, who cited the drive towards greater personalisation and delivery of a better ... Read more
Travelers ‘shift to mobile’ but not to book
Monday, October 8, 2018
TRAVEL CONSUMERS ARE "SHIFTING TO MOBILE" BUT MOST STILL PREFER BOOKING ON A DESKTOP, ONLINE ANALYTICS GROUP HITWISE HAS REPORTED.

Hitwise reported that 64% of UK visits to tour operator websites in August were via mobile, 60% of hotel site visits, 57% of metasearch site visits, 53% of online travel agency (OTA) visits and 42% of airline site visits.

These figures showed little change from January other than growth in mobile's share of traffic to metasearch sites, which Wilson said was ... Read more
Air France KLM partners with Winding Tree on blockchain
Friday, October 5, 2018
Air France KLM [1] has partnered with blockchain specialist Winding Tree to develop the technology for the travel industry.

The airline group says the aim of the agreement is to use blockchain technology to provide a "more advantageous travel offer" for customers that will also be "more profitable for suppliers, in particular by reducing the number of intermediaries".

Through Winding Tree's B2B platform, users will benefit from a range of offers on flights, hotels and other services ... Read more
Blockchain too ‘immature’ for travel
Thursday, October 4, 2018
According Roberto Da Re, founder of the Travel Ledger Alliance, blockchain won't be felt in travel distribution any time soon.

One of the misconceptions about blockchain is it's not a data base. It's a data distribution model. It's not searchable. You have to read the blockchain. It's not built for disintermediation. Blockchain does not do anything for booking platforms , Da Re told the Travolution European Summit in London.

He argued blockchain could "bring the same kind of ... Read more
Bij easyJet vlucht boeken via Instagram
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
easyJet heeft een nieuwe functie in de easyJet-app gelanceerd. Via de Look&Book functie kunnen easyJet-reizigers aan de hand van Instagram foto's een vlucht naar een bestemming binnen Europa boeken.

Wanneer reizigers door Instagram scrollen kunnen ze van een voor hun onbekende bestemming een screenshot uploaden. Look&Book vergelijkt de foto met de easyJet-database waarin 1000 bestemming binnen Europa zijn opgenomen. De nieuwe functie herkent niet alleen de bestemming, maar geeft ook ... Read more
Is mobile storytelling the next piece in the platform domination puzzle?
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
There are online platforms for everything from digital media to retail, music and entertainment, but is the world now ready for a dedicated mobile storytelling platform? Pamela Whitby finds out

Alex Tourski is nothing if not passionate about izi.TRAVEL the storytelling platform that was inspired by a two-day road trip from Amsterdam to Florence in July 2007. The trip, says Tourski, who will be speaking at EyeforTravel Amsterdam [1], was "so boring" that he simply "had to invent ... Read more