Hat tip to Tim Hughes of the excellent The Boot blog in Australia for picking up on a rumour that Travelport, owner of the Galileo GDS, is eyeing up rival Worldspan.
The lead comes from a article on ATW, an airline industry newswire, and follows comments made by Travelport boss Jeff Clarke at the recent PhoCusWright conference in Hollywood, USA.
The reports says:
"Worldspan chairman Rakesh Gangwal, who has all but posted a 'For Sale' sign on the company's front lawn."Of course this could just be wild interpretation of publicly made comments. But, as Tim Hughes points out in his post:
"I have no idea either way but the searches of 'Worldspan' and 'Travelport' in the same search entry are one of the leading drivers of traffic to my blog. Clearly someone/people are typing that a lot into Google."NB: Worldspan is the only GDS out of the leading four that is not part of a wider group with other travel interests, mainly online travel agencies - a position it fiercely defends.
Amadeus has a controlling stake in Opodo; Sabre owns Travelocity and Lastminute.com; and Galileo parent company Travelport owns Orbitz and Ebookers.
UPDATE: Link to story in the US courtesy of JaneSmith in the comments.
Kevin May, editor, Travolution