Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday's Travel InsideOut

Oh, those doubters. Both the street and express doubts about the Yahoo-Microsoft partnership, pointing to the distraction factor and the lack of “boatloads” of dough up-front payment for Yahoo. As the process unfolds, will travel companies place their confidence in Yahoo/Bing advertising?

The Against the Grain: Buy Google: Marek Fuchs tells traders not to punish Google reflexively. View It

The Wall Street Journal: For Bartz, Some Potential Pitfalls Arise: Yahoo Inc. confirmed it will replace its search and search-advertising technology with offerings from Microsoft Corp., a long-awaited deal that could help the companies more effectively compete with Google Inc. Read more


Now that Microsoft and Yahoo are cozying up to take on Google, what will that mean for Yahoo partner Travelocity and Microsoft subsidiary Bing Travel? Will it lead to a clash of online travel agency versus metasearch engine?

Dennis Schaal Blog: Bing-Yahoo Alliance Could Be Long-Term Issue for Travelocity: The ink barely is dry on the Yahoo-Microsoft search partnership in which Yahoo will use Bing technology as the default search engine on Yahoo websites and will lead both companies' sales efforts on CPC advertising. Read more


Was it overkill when American Airlines filed suit against a former middle manager who took a similar job at Delta? After an adverse opinion, American moved to dismiss its own suit.

Travel Weekly: American moves to dismiss lawsuit against former employee: American filed a court motion to dismiss a lawsuit against a former corporate manager who left the airline to work for Delta in a similar position. Read more


In fallout from the swine flu mess, Mexico City is offering travelers an unusual perk -– medical coverage.

Los Angeles Times: Mexico City offers travel insurance for tourists: Officials in Mexico City hope to lure skittish tourists with unusual bait: complimentary health insurance. Under a new program, tourists who stay in the city’s hotels are eligible for free coverage for emergency medical care, hospital stays, prescription drugs and ambulance services. Read more


IATA says the outline for airlines appears "bleak" as cargo loads fell even faster than passenger numbers in June.

Yahoo Finance/Reuters: UPDATE 1-Airlines carry less cargo, fewer people in June-IATA: GENEVA, July 30 (Reuters) - Airlines carried 16.5 percent less cargo and 7.2 percent fewer people in June than the same month a year ago, with no sign yet of the global recession lifting, an industry body said on Thursday. Read more


Major carrier Continental Airlines, playing catch-up with its low cost carrier rivals, is channeling some new mojo by installing satellite TV in seatbacks.

USA Today: Continental installing live satellite TV on planes: Venturing where only low-cost carriers have gone before, Continental (CAL) has become the first big legacy airline to offer satellite TV, a move that could push its peers to follow suit at a time when competition is the fiercest it's been in years. Read more

Travel InsideOut is a Dennis Schaal Blog daily feature. Get a thorough-going look at the day's travel industry top and tangentially interesting stories. Feel free to comment on them below.

Travel InsideOut is Copyright (c) 2009 by Dennis Schaal. All rights reserved.

No comments: