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Virtual credit cards: when payments are about more than just money

Posted 13/01/2022 by Matthew Chapman

No doubt you’ve heard much about virtual credit cards, or VCCs as many call them. Perhaps your online travel agency or TMC is using them already to significantly cut payment transactions...

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This year beware of the day before the Ides of March: for UK-based TMCs it could augur ruin

Posted 11/01/2022 by Matthew Chapman

In 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated on the 15th March, a day that Romans knew as the festival of the ‘Ides of March’ and one that has remained ominous ever since.   But this year...

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Travel subscription models: what do online travel sellers need to know? Part II

Posted 26/11/2021 by Matthew Chapman

Have you read in the travel trade media stories about online travel sellers launching variations of a subscription model? Recently we interviewed our Chief Technical Officer, Matthew...

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Travel subscription models: what do online travel sellers need to know? Part I

Posted 19/11/2021 by Matthew Chapman

You are not alone if you have recently noticed several online travel sellers launching variations of a subscription model. But what exactly does a ‘subscription model’ really mean? More...

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Friend or foe: what does the ‘metaverse’ mean for travel?

Posted 04/11/2021 by Matthew Chapman

As the last 18 months have shown, the future of travel is not what it used to be. Now with the arrival of the ‘metaverse’ – a 3D, augmented-reality, version 2.0 of the internet heralded by...

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Could cross-selling leisure be the low-hanging fruit TMCs need right now?

Posted 23/09/2021 by Matthew Chapman

Traditionally TMCs and corporate travel professionals have perhaps been a bit sniffy about the leisure space. Lots of talk about lower margins, cut-throat competition, lack of loyalty and so...

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Is blockchain an expensive journey to nowhere for the travel industry?

Posted 31/08/2021 by Matthew Chapman

When a new invention captures the popular imagination, it can be presented as the answer to virtually any problem. Just look at the internet boom in the late 1990s. Stagnant business model...