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THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
JUNE 24, 2013
[ TOURISM MINISTER RESIGNS IN PROTEST; DEMONSTRATIONS THREATENED ]
Governor appointment in Luxor
riles ailing Egypt travel sector
By Nadine Godwin
Leaders of Egypt’s travel industry
associations will convene a special
meeting in Cairo Wednesday to
protest the appointment of Adel el-Khayat, a fundamentalist Islamist,
as the new governor in Luxor.
El-Khayat was previously associated with
Gamaa Islamiya, a militant Islamic group
that claimed credit for the massacre of 62
people, including 58 tourists, in Luxor at the
Temple of Hatshepsut in 1997.
Although Gamaa Islamiya officially re-
nounced terrorism more than a decade ago,
the group is considered a pillar of Egypt’s ul-
tra-conservative Islamist movement, which,
in addition to the Luxor massacre, was re-
sponsible for the assassination of President
Anwar Sadat in 1981.
Margin realities have airlines selling
more ancillaries through travel agents
By Kate Rice
Travel agents, the airlines’ highest-margin
distribution channel, are increasingly able
to sell more ancillaries, the airlines’ highest-margin products. And now several airlines
are flirting with the idea of compensating
them for such sales.
This is all happening
because more airlines are
putting their ancillary
products into GDSs, making it easier for agents to
book them. In 2012, travel
agents booked 9 million
ancillary services through
Amadeus, which currently
sells ancillary services such as lounge access
and checked bags and sports equipment for
14 airlines, though mostly in markets outside
The trend is growing rapidly. Amadeus today sells ancillaries through travel agencies in
45 countries, up from just 28 in 2012.
Sabre is currently booking ancillary services for nine airlines, with three more soon
to be online and 21 more in the pipeline.
Travelport’s Agencia product enables retailers to sell all of Air Canada’s products,
All three GDSs are signing new content agreements with airlines that
include ancillary services,
and the majors are starting
to come online. Travelport
is listing Delta’s Economy
Comfort seats with extra legroom. Sabre is
including US Airways’ ChoiceSeats and is
working on a deal to bring United’s Economy Plus seats back into its lineup.
Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks,
See ANCILLARIES on Page 10
With the right tech
in place, carriers
are expanding sales
through the channel.
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The seesaw battle for the title of biggest travel seller saw gains this year by Expedia, which reclaimed the No. 1 spot from American Express, and Priceline, which overtook Carlson Wagonlit Travel.