Will they hug it out?

February 8, 2011 at 6:04 am Leave a comment

by Tony

The dust seems to have settled a bit in the latest travel industry skirmish – the combatants have decided to sit down and see if they can work out their differences. This is certainly good news for all parties involved (except perhaps for Jay Campbell who loves sinking his reporting chops into a juicy scuffle). Sitting around a table with the oversight of a judge is generally the more civil way to handle these types of situations, but while there seems to be some willingness to talk, something tells me that these guys won’t be “hugging it out” Ari Gold style anytime soon.

Over time, they are likely to come to some compromise that will certainly impact the distribution paradigm, and as such, cause a ripple effect on the other participants in that paradigm – namely the TMC’s and Corporate Buyers.

According to a recent AirPlus survey, most buyers and suppliers seem to agree.  70% of respondents said they think the “direct connect” distribution model would result in additional fees from TMC’s to their corporate customers. Additionally, 67% felt it would reduce traveler ability to comparison shop, and 46% believe it will reduce compliance.

Given all that, it looks like Carrying On’s suggestion to be in control of your travel supply chain was quite appropriate. Our advice continues remains – stay informed, engaged and to the extent that you can, in control. See below for a some more information about the travel supply chain.

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