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19 03, 2021

Philip Wolf in Memoriam

By | March 19th, 2021|Tags: |

The travel industry has lost a champion of online travel since the late-1980s, who launched Phocuswright, the internet travel research authority, in 1994. I had the opportunity to see him for the first time in 2005, in my first attendance to the Phocuswright Conference. Until then, working for Mundicolor Iberia, I had attended regularly for years [...]

14 02, 2021

Travel Pass Initiatives to regain confidence

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

To re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. This means having accurate information on passengers’ COVID-19 health status. Informing passengers on what tests, vaccines and other measures they require prior to travel, details on where they can get tested and [...]

14 02, 2021

La falsa discusión sobre dejar o no el asiento de enmedio libre en un avión

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

Delta Airlines acaba de anunciar que seguirá sin ocupar el asiento de enmedio en la cabina de turista y dejará libre el asiento adyacente en primera clase, para mayor tranquilidad de sus viajeros. Por contra, el resto de compañías aéreas de Estados Unidos -con la excepción de Alaskan Airlines en su cabina premium- han vuelto [...]

14 02, 2021

Monthly Recap January 2021: VC Funding, Just Shy Of $40B, Hits All-Time High And Produces A Record Number Of New Unicorns

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

January’s funding total topped the previous monthly high of the last two years; July 2020 at $38.5 billion. A larger proportion of dollars in these funding spikes was also invested in late-stage venture capital — around 69 percent — with the lion’s share of capital going to Series C+ and private-equity rounds in venture-backed companies. Sectors [...]

14 02, 2021

Expedia Group pulls Vrbo from Google’s vacation rental metasearch product

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

Once again in the fourth quarter of 2020, Vrbo was a relative bright spot in Expedia Group’s financial report, with most of the vacation rental site's bookings coming direct through Vrbo.com. That’s part of the reason Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern says the company has removed Vrbo from Google’s vacation rental metasearch product. “We are [...]

14 02, 2021

STAYmyway, the Spanish startup, makes history with ACCOR

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

Accor has announced the global roll-out of its digital key solution, “Accor Key”, in line with the Group’s strategy to provide a contactless guest journey in its facilities. This exciting new step for Accor confirms its ambition to innovate and invest in high-quality technological solutions to deliver the very best and most convenient experience for [...]

14 02, 2021

En coche-cama va a viajar su Sr. Padre

By | February 14th, 2021|Tags: |

En el Foro Económico de Davos se produce cada año una mayor deriva hacia el dogmatismo y el nulo contacto con la realidad, lo que no deja de ser lógico dado quienes son los asistentes. Es también el lugar ideal para trasladar mensajes como si fueran verdades eternas, aunque no tengan ninguna base factual, ya [...]

25 12, 2020

In Memoriam: Maria Teresa Moreno de la Santa Barajas

By | December 25th, 2020|Tags: |

El maldito virus chino nos acaba de arrebatar a una mujer excepcional, a mi madre, en apenas dos semanas.  Al menos tuve la suerte de poder acompañarla, minuto a minuto, en la habitación del hospital, donde una vez más dio una lección de vida, compartiendo su bondad y su positivismo. Mi madre pertenecía a la Generación [...]

11 12, 2020

Airbnb takes IPO crown for 2020 and investors get crazy the next day

By | December 11th, 2020|Tags: |

If I were one of the investors that have bought shares of Airbnb once the price has doubled since the IPO, I would not be very relaxed. The truth is that Airbnb has yet to live up to the expectations of the IPO price, as the fundamentals of the company don't justify that valuation. So, [...]

11 12, 2020

United launches on-demand customer service at airports

By | December 11th, 2020|Tags: |

United Airlines customers at Chicago O’Hare and Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airports can now communicate with customer service representatives through their mobile devices, eliminating the need to speak to someone in person at the gate or counter for services such as seat assignments, upgrades and rebooking. The “Agent on Demand” service will roll out to [...]