Innovating in the times of a global pandemic: The TUI Group – IBS Software way

TUI Group and IBS Software have been working together for a decade on the enhancement and maintenance of the airline operations platform of TUI. The months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic have been tough for the aviation industry, and both TUI Group and IBS Software have been devising newer ways to interact and manage business operations amid the crisis. To reflect on how the whole exercise has been and to discuss newer ways to overcome the challenges, both TUI Group and IBS Software collaborated for a live webinar – REBOOT. Held in October 2020, REBOOT saw participation from tech...
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Taking Inventory of your Analytics

We at IBS Software spend a great deal of time speaking with our hotel partners about their needs. We help them with distribution, marketing, operations - all critical areas of their business. A common thread that runs through many of these conversations is that the various departments often feel they don't have the visibility they need, to do their jobs as effectively as they would like. Hotel operations are awash in data and daily reports. They are inundated with new tools for collecting data and new platforms to present the data. Most of them present data after the fact, when it's too l...
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Loyalty Programs: How can you make them the cure and the vaccine driving an airline’s recovery?

With the year 2020 wrapping up, IATA has forecasted a $118.5 billion loss for the airline industry due to the COVID-19 crisis, which is deeper than its forecast of $84.3 billion in June1. While there is now hope due to the discovery of a vaccine, newer "waves," strains, and clusters continue to wreak havoc, challenging the industry for its very survival in the present shape and form. At the same time, airline loyalty programs have proven beyond doubt that they have the potential to become the cure and the vaccine propping up airlines with their ability to generate non-travel related revenue, h...
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5 Major Differentiators for Resort Booking Engines

There is a very natural tendency for technologists (people who work in the development of technology solutions, software development, product management, etc.) to think their solutions apply to most or even all use cases. Those who have been in the game long enough understand that there are subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which an IT solution that is perfect for one business may not meet the needs of a similar business. This is certainly the case for hospitality solutions for hotels that run the gamut from chain hotels in small towns to country inns to mega gaming properties, to beach resorts...
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The Hotel Groups Technology Deficit

It's not hyperbole to say that hotel groups technology has not gotten the love it deserves. Obviously, the percentage of group business varies widely, depending on the type of hotel property. But overall, the groups business represents anywhere from 10-50% of a hotel's bookings, and the level of automation and enhanced sales capability in the groups space does not reflect that reality. Both technology providers and IT budgets fall short in their recognition of the importance of group sales as a differentiator for a hotel's business. That's why we refer to it here as a "technology deficit"...
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