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Chinese link-up as SiteMinder connects with Ctrip

SiteMinder is heading deep into Chinese hotel distribution with a “strategic integration partnership” with online travel agency CTrip. The move gives hotels …

 
 

An executive at the Madrid-based GDS talks to Tnooz about an industry proposal to change the standards for airline distribution communications — and what may come afterward.

 
 
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The airlines’ main lobbying organization does a point-by-point rebuttal of a draft letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking the Secretary to reject IATA’s application covering the New Distribution Capability.

 
 
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The Gray Lady officially announced its deep skepticism about the New Distribution Capability (NDC), the airlines’ proposal for revised standards for how airlines provide airfare content to end users. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) responds.

 
 

A proposal for revised standards for how airlines provide airfare content to end users probably won’t replace GDSs. But that doesn’t mean the effort is useless.

 
 

Flash deals service Groupon says it is establishing itself as an online travel agency as the next logical step for it in Europe.

 
 

The travel industry has a tendency to enjoy bashing itself for everything poor and bad its sees happening, sometimes looking outside to bring a fresh perspective.

 
 

Open APIs (those that are freely or cheaply and easily available) are great – the travel industry has a long and checkered past with proprietary access to information that has, as most here will argue, stifled innovation.

 
 

Interesting results from a survey conducted by EyeforTravel to identify trends in data sourcing shows the influence of social media when consider product strategy.

 
 

Developers grapple with data all the time, so the idea that someone might characterise data as “broken” is probably not going to take many aback.

 
 
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