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It has been a bit challenging of late to find something positive to blog about when it comes to innovation and our industry. It seems conflict trumps innovation in most current discussions and debate. Well, that changed a bit today in Dublin, Ireland. It may not last, and probably won’t, but it changed for a little while.

 

I am at the Datalex Annual Customer Conference here in Dublin. They actually invited me, and I am honored to be here. And, a bit humbly, I must give Datalex credit and kudos for pulling together a rather unique customer event—unique not in venue, although welcoming and even a bit historic, nor in structure, but rather in content and approach. From the very beginning I got the sense that industry norms would be challenged, status quos pushed to the uncomfortable, and productive, yet provocative debate would rule the day… and it did. In other words, no one dodged or sugarcoated the issues.  Okay, “no one” may be a bit of a stretch, but when someone did, they were immediately called to the carpet. Tough, albeit, wonderful crowd. Read the rest of this entry »

Farelogix is highly supportive of management and settlement standards being developed around the merchandising process.  We have been the leaders in developing the first ARC certified EMD (both EMD-A and EMD-S), which is in full accordance to the IATA reporting standard. Farelogix merchandising solutions also fully support ATPCO fare filings if airlines opt to use ATP instead of alternative merchandising solutions in the market.

However, Farelogix is concerned about the recent announcement to extend the “standards movement” to the actual airline product definition and sales process. Read the rest of this entry »

It is no secret that one of the most powerful ways to influence individual and societal behavior is fear.

Just turn on the evening news or read a history book to see all kinds of examples where scaremongerers – those who exploit others’ worst fears for political or commercial benefit – manage to scare people into doing what might otherwise not make logical sense.

It is tremendously disappointing to see the extent of scaremongering (or fearmongering, for readers in the US) taking place right now within the travel industry. I am referring to the recent communications from the Business Travel Coalition (BTC) on the topic of airline direct connects and ancillary services. Read the rest of this entry »