Sabre chief highlights distribution complexity as he talks around AA incentive

Sabre chief highlights distribution complexity as he talks around AA incentive

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In the wake of the latest challenge to the GDS status quo, Sabre chief Sean Menke says the GDS will remain “the most efficient way to move us forward.”

Menke made the statement in his keynote address at the Sabre Travel Technology Exchange, the GDS company’s user conference.

He declared that “change is good” but did not directly address American’s version of change: its plan to pay agents an incentive to book through NDC channels.

He points out that distribution of travel is far more complex than distribution of, say, consumer products.

“This is not Amazon.

“I don’t walk over to a shelf and pick up a product and put it in a box.”

Later, in a meeting with reporters, Menke said the conversations Sabre is having with airlines is all about next-generation, what that might look like and how best to enable it.

“Specifically, with American, there’s always been an historical pushing back and forth.”

American’s plan – to pay agents $2 for each AA-marketed segment booked through an NDC channel – has been widely viewed as a “carrot” to encourage NDC adoption in contrast to Lufthansa’s and IAG’s “stick.”

Lufthansa is imposing a surcharge of €16 on all bookings processed through a GDSBritish Airways and Iberia, the IAG carriers, will implement a less-onerous £8 fee.

Travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt says there is a lot to like about American’s approach, “not only the business terms, but its flexibility.”

American will pay the incentive regardless of whose connection is used – American’s, a third party’s or even a GDS’s – so long as it has Level 3 certification from IATA.

And it’s not so much about GDSs, Harteveldt adds, as it is “about American finding a way to provide access to better functionality.”

Will $2 be enough to move the NDC needle?

Menke notes that a lot depends on the extent to which the booking method affects the agency workflow. Agents, and ultimately consumers, will determine whether the plan is worthwhile, he says.

Harteveldt says American can adjust the incentive as needed. He adds:

“This is a long-term game.”

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June 29, 2017 at 11:17AM

An Agoraphobic Photographer’s Virtual Travels, on Google Street View

An Agoraphobic Photographer’s Virtual Travels, on Google Street View

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Andrea DenHoed interviews Jacqui Kenny, the curator behind the Agoraphobic Traveller Instagram account, which elevates Google Street View screenshots to an art form.

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June 29, 2017 at 10:03AM

Burning Man Photo Walk Announced!

Burning Man Photo Walk Announced!

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Come join the event here at the Facebook Event!

Do you like taking photos or perhaps do you like people taking photos of you in all your fabuloso Burner gear? Well come on out and join this fun event – this is my 8th annual photo walk in Black Rock City and all are welcome! 🙂 It’s great for beginner photographers all the way to advanced – bring anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR! We’ll roam the streets of BRC and capture some of the magic of Burning Man together.

I’ll be giving lots of tips and tricks to help you on your own creative journey. We also talk a lot about the creative process and how it can be quite an active meditation bringing more consciousness, presence, and awesomeness into your life. So, come, bring a friend or three, and let’s have a ball. Word has it that we’ll get a bunch of Burner Girls (and guys!) too that just dance around and have thousands of photos taken of them.

And after, we’ll share all the photos here in the Facebook event. Check the comments in the event to make some new Instagram friends with fellow photo walkers too! 🙂

We’ll meet outside of Center Camp at TUESDAY at 6 PM and start the crawl from there!

Here’s a few of my favorite Burning Man photos from the past 7 years! 🙂 You can always see more in my Burning Man Album on Smugmug.


Embrace 2014

The ground shook and the air crackled as the metal bent and strained around my body.  The screams went animal and blood fell folded back into the sand.

Here’s my bestie Rene Smith up atop Lord Snort! He was spinning quite fast, so it was a fun photo to take. We had early entry this year, so we were able to visit a lot of the art before it was covered with too many people. This is actually the site of a small tragedy, as one guy lost all of his fingers while trying to jump onto the head as it was spinning around.

Trey Ratcliff

There in the gypsy’s creation.  It pulsed around us like a thick red vein; a timeless conduit that promised to hold a time machine between worlds.  And, I’d have it no other way, as every time machine should come appointed with the comforts of the sultans as they slowly wind throughout the edges of the Orient.  The colored lights cast new tones and shadows upon the rich, supple textures.  Small windows around the edges gave outward portal-glances to worlds and times that whizzed by, each one inviting a new pause to the story.  The light, I noticed, did something unexpected as it tumbled and flowed and rolled across the skin, drifting over small sinuous shapes as the crimson rays slid up and over the flowing curves of a dune in the middle of a faraway desert.  The lines would only stay a moment before the wind blew them into a new form.  The light tore time away from the shapes, and I could not figure out what was happening until much later in the story.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:33AM

News: Gatwick Airport breaks passenger record numbers for financial 2017

News: Gatwick Airport breaks passenger record numbers for financial 2017

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Gatwick Airport today published its results for the year ended March 31st, 2017, with a record 44.1 million passengers passing through the airport over the past 12 months. This is an increase of 3.2 million passengers or 7.7 per cent on the previous year.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:29AM

News: The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, set to open in Hong Kong later this year

News: The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, set to open in Hong Kong later this year

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Niccolo Hotels, the new luxury hotel brand, is set to catapult into the limelight with the announcement of its exciting new flagship property in Hong Kong.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:25AM

News: Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course acquired by Bespoke Hotels

News: Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course acquired by Bespoke Hotels

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Roxburghe Estates & Bespoke Hotels has announced they have agreed terms for the transfer of ownership of the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course near Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Completion of sale to Bespoke Hotels is expected to take place at the end of July.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:15AM

Focus: Over 50% of Brits look to long-haul holidays over EU post-Brexit

Focus: Over 50% of Brits look to long-haul holidays over EU post-Brexit

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With much uncertainty ahead about how the UK’s Brexit negotiations will play out and the pound still weak, a new poll reveals that more than half of Brits are looking to travel long-haul rather than to European destinations in light of the upcoming divorce from the EU.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:09AM

News: Hannover set to host Routes Europe in 2019

News: Hannover set to host Routes Europe in 2019

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The German city of Hannover has won a competitive bid to host the Routes Europe air service development forum in 2019.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:06AM

News: La Manga Club celebrates anniversary in London

News: La Manga Club celebrates anniversary in London

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Leading names from the past and present have teamed up to help Spain’s world-famous La Manga Club resort celebrate its 45th anniversary in style in London.

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June 29, 2017 at 09:06AM

United Airlines, Google, Ryanair, Priceline and more: the top 10 online tales from Q2

United Airlines, Google, Ryanair, Priceline and more: the top 10 online tales from Q2

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With June almost over, we share the most read stories of the second quarter. Enjoy!

United Airlines crisis delivers a stark social warning

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June 29, 2017 at 08:58AM