In a second firm signal in as many days that the online tours and activities sector is about to be transformed, Gray Line has announced a partnership with TourCMS.
In October, the airline industry will propose new processes be adopted by the four mammoth Global Distribution Systems: Abacus, Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation decided to require airlines and travel agencies to more prominently display ancillary fees, but deferred action on a hot-button proposal to force U.S. and foreign carriers to provide information about ancillary fees in global distribution systems.
Delta Air Lines signed a partnership with Farelogix to introduce a direct-connect strategy for travel agencies and corporations.
Flight-deals site Cheapflights is expanding is distribution reach by offering a free Airports Nearby widget to hotel, destination or other tourism websites.
Delta Air Line’s withdrawal of its schedules and fares from online travel agencies CheapOair, BookIt.com and OneTravel a couple of weeks ago may be part of a fundamental shift in the airline’s distribution strategy and just the opening round.
If American Airlines succeeds in court against Travelport on the Orbitz issue, Travelport fears “massive” customer defections.