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Peter O’Connor

Professor of Strategy at University of South Australia Business School

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Dr. Peter O'Connor is Professor of Strategic Management at University of South Australia Business School. His primary research, teaching and consulting interests focus on the use of technology in online retailing and marketing. Prior to joining the UniSA, Peter founded the Chair in Digital Disruption, sponsored by BNP Paribas, at Essec Business School in Paris France. He taught, and held a number of senior administrative positions, at Essec for over 25 years, serving as both Director of MBA Programs and Dean of Academic Programs at various stages. In addition, he has regularly taught executive education seminars at London Business School; held visiting positions at both the Johnson Graduate Business School and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University; as well as worked in a variety of positions in industry in both Europe and the USA. In 2015, he launched Essec’s first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on hotel distribution with Coursera, which currently has over 15,000 active learners.

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Amazon Explore - Is This Another Attempt to Enter the Travel Industry?

Amazon has tried unsuccessfully to tackle the online travel space twice in the past. Back in 2013-2015, Amazon attempted to do this “organically” with its ill-conceived Amazon Local and Amazon Destinations.

Is there future for the “new” Thomas Cook?

Venerable brands always have the potential for a renaissance. Of course, success hinges on forgiveness (forgetfulness?) of all those stranded travelers. And the continued focus on "fun in the sun" vacations is a smart way to maintain that differentiation and historical brand promise.

What does the future hold for bed banks?

There are several major developments working against the bed banks sector: 1) Shrinkage of the brick-and-mortar distribution marketplace due to consumers shifting to online travel planning and booking.

Is Expedia's recovery program a genuine help for Hoteliers?

In my view, this new Expedia program is designed as a very clever additional entanglement of hoteliers to Expedia. It is just an additional length of rope that ties hotels closer to Expedia and increases their dependency on this OTA.

Online Travel: Can Anyone Challenge The Supremacy Of Booking And Expedia?

Despite their comparative youth, Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) wield an incredible influence in today's travel sector. Recent estimates suggest that two companies (Booking Holdings and Expedia Inc. respectively) control over ninety percent of the indirect online travel market in the U.
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