Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Priceline does a Farecast

Farecast - the air ticket trend site - has made quite a splash in the US, although the concept has yet to catch on here in the UK.

So Priceline has announced a similar piece of functionality, known as Inside Track.

Innovative, flexible, consumer-focused and price-led tool.

It seems that OTAs are now beginning to look at the whizzy functionality created by the so-called Travel 2.0 start-ups in the US and take the best bits.

This is where it might get tricky - or, alternatively, open up new opportunities - for the Silicon Valley types.

If the big boys begin to wade in with their own nifty tools and tricks, start-ups will be forced to innovate once again. Which can be good (they will always have first-mover advantage) or bad (they run out of ideas).

Kevin May, editor, Travolution

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