Summit Notebook

Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders

Audio – And then there were two?

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Priceline.com CEO Jeff Boyd told the Reuters Travel and Leisure Summit in New York that he thinks that at least two out of the four players in the online travel sector – Priceline, Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia – could be in a position for either an IPO or a sale once the economy turns up.

“I think that the most important fact there is that two of the major players are owned by private equity,” he said. ”Orbitz is controlled by Blackstone. And Travelocity and Sabre Group are controlled by TPG and Silver Lake Partners. And what that means is eventually they will be looking for a way to monetize those private equity investments, and there’s two ways of doing it.

One is through a public offering and the other is a sale. So, eventually there’s going to be some transactions there, and that could be a catalyst to some consolidation.”

AUDIO – What’s going on with the economy? Ask a trucker.

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That was the advice from truck manufacturer Navistar International Corp’s CEO Dan Ustian at this week’s Reuters Manufacturing and Transportation Summit in Chicago.

Ustian said the current slowdown has been worse and deeper than expected — even though the trucking industry had a sense that things were starting to go south as far back as 2007.

Zelnick: Welcome to the emergency room

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Strauss Zelnick, chairman of Take Two Interactive, has a bone to pick with the media: He doesn’t like the two words “Financial” and ”Crisis.” At least not when they are used to describe the current state of economic affairs.

“I don’t think we’re in a financial crisis,” Zelnick said at the Reuters Media Summit. “The use of the word crisis — I’m loathe to be critical of the media since I’m every bit a part of the media — but I don’t think the word has been especially helpful. We’re obviously in a recession and these are very very trying times.”

Will environment be forgotten in crisis? OMV says no.

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wolfgang_ruttenstorfer.jpgThere are some who say the economic downturn means ambitious plans to fight global warming should be put on ice.

But Wolfgang Ruttenstorfer, the head of Austrian oil and gas group OMV, reckons cutting carbon emissions is inevitable in the long run, despite the financial crisis and its impact. 

Abby Joseph Cohen sees no black hole in U.S. economy

Abby Joseph Cohen“I think it’s fair to say it will not be as deep a recession, if
 it is a recession, as many people had feared not that long ago.
 There certainly is not a black hole developing in the U.S. economy,” Cohen told the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in New York.

To hear what Cohen, one of Wall Street’s most influential strategists, had to say about the economy,  please click here.

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