Analyst Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor

Senior Market Analyst, EuropePeter O'Connor

Paris France

Dr. O'Connor is a senior market analyst with Phocuswright and co-author of its annual European Online Travel Overview. He is a chaired professor of digital disruption at ESSEC Business School, France, where he also serves as academic director of the specialized courses in hospitality management. Peter's research, teaching and consulting interests focus on distribution, e-commerce and electronic marketing in hospitality and tourism. In addition to authoring three leading textbooks, Peter has published articles in leading academic journals including the Harvard Business Review and the Journal of Marketing, as well as countless articles in both the academic and trade press. In 2015, he launched Coursera's first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on hotel distribution and online marketing, which currently has over 12,000 active learners.

Peter's insights and understanding of technology and distribution issues in the European hospitality industry have made him a sought-after speaker and panelist at major industry events. His writings on travel innovation are insightful and highly regarded within the industry. He is regularly quoted in the international press and consulted by investment and consulting companies on developments in the online travel arena. A frequent traveler, he now lives in Paris with his wife and three children.

Areas of Research
Peter's understanding of the European hospitality industry and technology place him in a prime position to analyze the U.K. and France markets for Phocuswright. His writings on travel innovation are insightful and highly regarded within the industry.

Travel Research From Peter O'Connor

France Travel Market Update 2020

France Travel Market Update 2020

Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: June 2020 Analysts: Peter O'Connor, David Juman US $495

Though 2019 was a challenging year for the French travel sector, with Yellow Vest protests and crippling general strikes, the industry was still relatively healthy. However, the coronavirus crisis...

France Online Travel 2019: By the Numbers

France Online Travel 2019: By the Numbers

Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: November 2019 Analysts: Peter O'Connor, David Juman

The recent collapse of Thomas Cook and some challenging socioeconomic conditions have contributed to a mixed year for the French travel market. Though 2019 and 2020 growth is expected to be marginal,...

France Online Travel 2019: Key Developments

France Online Travel 2019: Key Developments

Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: November 2019 Analysts: Peter O'Connor, David Juman

Though commercial and social unrest have hampered growth of the French travel market in 2019, the government is committed to attracting 100 million visitors by 2020. Still, key obstacles remain,...

France Online Travel Overview 2019

France Online Travel Overview 2019

Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: November 2019 Analysts: Peter O'Connor, David Juman US $795

While the French travel market is relatively fragmented, most segments are dominated by a large (typically domestic) player with the resources to compete effectively with OTAs. Overall, the country’s...

France Online Travel 2018: By the Numbers

France Online Travel 2018: By the Numbers

Category: Market Overview & Sizing Published: November 2018 Analysts: Peter O'Connor, David Juman

Thanks largely to recovery in the rail and hotel segments, gross revenue in the French travel market is projected to grow nearly 3% in 2018. Travel is already one of the country’s most mature online...

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