Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss

Michael Strauss is the CEO of Miami-based PASS Consulting Corporation. He has been the driver behind PASS's success and continued growth in the travel and telecommunications industries. He is also Head of the Business Unit Travel worldwide for PASS Consulting Group. Michael started his professional career in 1993 at Siemens Mobile Germany as a developer for cordless phone systems. He soon was in charge for product development and strategic relationships with leading customers. Later he was responsible for both strategic market and trend analysis for Siemens' cell phone network division and worked closely with the Siemens executive leadership team. In 2000, Michael Strauss joined PASS Germany, where he developed and managed the telecommunications division. In 2004 he was named CEO of PASS North America and at the same time Head of the Business Unit Travel. Since then Michael has been instrumental in scaling PASS's technology solutions while maintaining a culture of innovation within the company. Michael holds a Masters degree in Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University of Munich.

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Our Top Five Augmented Reality Browsers for Travel

In response to a couple of latest opinions on and due to increasing interest in Augmented Reality (AR) in general this article sets out a list of recently launched applications which are already quite widespread and rejoice in a relatively broad user group.

Theoretically, all is ‘reality’ and all can be augmented with meta-data, but what is an understandable definition? Wikipedia (01/05/2010) defines Augmented Reality (AR) according to Paul Milgram and Fumio Kishino (1994) as “a continuum that spans from the real environment to a pure virtual environment”. Continue reading 


Trend-Setting Opportunities in Tourism at The PhoCusWright Conference

At The PhoCusWright Conference in Orlando on November 17-19 global travel executives came together to discover and debate on the latest trends and opportunities in travel, tourism and hospitality.

A huge variety of innovative travel solutions, technologies, and mobile apps were demonstrated which are expected to significantly impact travel planning distribution and purchasing.

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SwiftTrip, LLC Signs 5-Year Agreement with PASS Consulting to Access Multi-GDS Content

PASS Consulting Corporation today announced that it has signed a 5-year agreement with The Travel Authority (TTA) and its subsidiary SwiftTrip, LLC, a software development company owned by TTA, Passageways Travel, and Morris Murdock Travel The Travel Authority is a leading provider of travel management services and online booking programs.

PASS Consulting is specialized in providing superior technology solutions and services and is a recognized industry innovator in the competitive business travel marketplace. Continue reading 


PASS Consulting Successfully Supplies nuTravel with GDS-Connectivity

Under a multiyear agreement, nuTravel has been using Travel Technology Provider PASS Consulting to access GDS inventory via its certified XX/1 multi-GDS transaction server.

In a recent interview with The Beat’s Jay Campbell, nuTravel President & CEO Carmine Carpanzano pointed out the importance of pooling resources with third party technology providers in order for businesses to be cost-effective.
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PASS is Technology Provider for American Airlines Direct Connect

By providing a direct link into the host reservation system, among others, American Airlines provides direct connectivity to shopping and pricing facilities, booking, ticketing and post ticketing servicing transactions through Farelogix.

The AA Direct Connect provides technical flexibility in order to ensure enhanced offerings and customized services. Flexibility in adapting its delivery of optional services, based on changing customer demands, instead of being static by only collaborating with antiquated GDSs is the most important step towards the desired product presentation and innovation. Continue reading 


The World Travel Awards – Winners Are Determined

As the premier global Award of that kind, The World Travel Awards promotes excellence honoring the leader in the travel industry with trophies in all areas of the industry and all over the world. Since 1994 the winners are setting benchmarks in tourism to which all others aspire.

Excellence in over 1000 categories

On a global level the best of the best are celebrated each year in 1012 categories including but not limited to the following: Continue reading 


PASS Consulting Broadens Relationship with BCD Travel

PASS Consulting and BCD Travel, the world’s third-largest travel management company, today announced a broadened relationship that expands BCD Travel’s capability to offer speech-recognition services, route calls to agents with specialized skills and offer other services that lower costs and boost efficiency for corporate travel programs.

Under the multiyear renewal agreement, BCD Travel is using the PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Hub as a supplier gateway for its transactional platform, called the Source Platform.

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TMCs Recent Developments and Future Directions

What do business travelers – the backbone of corporations – really need from their TMCs? What if the cost is almost down to nothing? Where does trend end – when we have to bring our own seat along with our own headset? What about innovation?

It seems like TMCs have been judged whether they own processes such as booking or fulfillment capabilities, people, facilities, global operations, etc. With new technology however everything mentioned before – even people – is exchangeable. Continue reading 


NBTA 2009 Summary By PASS Consulting

PASS Consulting Corporation, a leading source of end-to-end technology and services and a recognized industry innovator in the competitive business travel marketplace, successfully presented their Travel Technology Solutions for the fifth year at the 2009 NBTA Convention in San Diego.

With more than 400 exhibiting companies and over 5,600 corporate travel professionals attending, the NBTA Convention is the most recognized trade show in Business Travel. Continue reading 


Successful Travel Management with PASS Solutions

The PASS XX/1 transaction server offers access to all GDSs (Amadeus, Sabre, Abacus, Galileo/Apollo/Worldspan) as standard.

If required, XX/1 will also use alternative distribution channels, thus completing our product range withprices obtained directly from the airlines, hotels, rental car companies, railways and evenWeb fares. Providers of travel content thushave convenient access to the entire range oftravel products and services on offer via a singleinterface. Thus XX/1 displays the various data formats of the individual distribution systems via a uniform interface that uses the industry standard XML.

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Facing the Challenge – Easy Access to the World of Travel

Innovation – mostly achieved by young and ambitious trendsetters – is lagging behind specifically in the travel industry. While some companies are hanging on to inherited market share, antiquated applications and traditional distribution channels, they are sure to miss the opportunities that change as well as talented young people can bring.

We create Synergies between the latest IT-Trends and your Requirements

We listen! Here at PASS Consulting our main focus is understanding your specific business to then create an IT-solution customized specifically for you – at the price of standard software. Our Travel World lets you fully determine which modules and features are vital to elevate your business to the next level. Continue reading 


Travel Market – Online Travel Agencies Are Facing Tough Times

Online travel agencies are facing tough times in the corporate travel segment. Originally, Phocus Wright had forecasted dynamic growth in the corporate segment, especially for the online travel agencies (OTAs), while a slower growth rate was predicted for the direct distributors among the service providers. In their current “Seventh Online Travel Overview”, the analysts have corrected their forecasts: the growth rates of the OTAs are stagnating.

The business travel segment is now experiencing the same trend as the leisure segment, i.e., direct distributors are outperforming the online agencies. In fact, metasearch engines are the unknown factor currently creating suspense among competitors.
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PASS XX/1: Multi-GDS Access Products

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. During this process, PASS XX/1 compiles information and puts it into the easy-to-use XML data exchange format. Continue reading 


PASS Travel Technology Solutions – Multi GDS

PASS Travel Technology Solutions: PASS Consulting Group has just announced the full deployment of their Virtual Travel Organizer, also known as PASS VTO. PASS VTO provides travel agencies with the ability to evaluate and book travel options from GDS data or other sources from a single integrated screen.

PASS VTO offers dynamic packaging as part of a profiling function which allows the travel agent to instantly match the exact needs of the traveler. This means the agency has access to the most complete data filtered to the exact needs of the situation which saves the agency time while providing the best service and pricing to the customer. Continue reading 


Travel Technology Solutions by PASS Consulting

Next generation software development: Rather than re-invent the wheel all the time, PASS Consulting has the Software Factory, a modular system which facilitates fast, cost-effective development of new applications.

Modules come “off the shelf” with associated rules engines to ensure individual configurability. PASS Consulting also uses the Software Factory with its latest product, the PASS Virtual Travel Organizer (VTO) 2G, the modular system for IT applications in the travel industry. Continue reading 


Travel Market Solutions for Greater Independence

State-of-the-art presentation, open to other systems, developed with contemporary software: Travel Market Solutions from PASS Consulting equip the players in the travel industry with leading-edge applications.

Whether for travel agencies, airlines or booking platforms, PASS products give the travel industry greater independence in handling flights, hotels and rental cars compared to the traditional content and technology provider. Continue reading 


PASS Signs New Authorized Developer Agreement with Sabre Travel

PASS Consulting Corporation, a leading source for end-to-end technology and professional services for the travel industry, has signed a new Sabre Authorized Developer agreement.

As a result PASS is a Sabre Authorized third party developer for projects related to Sabre GDS connectivity. PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS / GNE – Hub is the high-performance transaction server platform to access any major CRS and GDS and makes such inventory available to clients through XML. Continue reading 


How to Retrieve a PNR (Passenger Name Record)

If you want to retrieve a PNR, Passenger Name Record, what are you going to do? Perhaps you aren’t a Travel Company or don’t really know about all the specific things going on in the Travel Market? Here you get more information about how to retrieve a PNR.

How can you retrieve a PNR? Let’s say you want to retrieve the PNR Data from different GDS Systems. For example when you want to check the quality of your bookings that have been made, perhaps you want to check if the corporate rules of your company have been held in the last bookings. Continue reading 


PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server – Easy Access to All GDS Systems

It is not just hospitality and travel companies which are interested in the XX/1 transaction server. Its multi-GDS capability means that it is the ideal product for automated quality assurance of large booking volumes.

PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server supplies the single point of entry to all global distribution systems (GDSs). What’s more, using modern technology PASS XX/1 Multi-GDS Exchange Server simultaneously integrates direct providers, low-cost airlines, back- office systems and proprietary product databases such as hotel programs. Continue reading