Posted September 18, 2017

European Air Payment Is In Flux On Multiple Fronts

The Beat reported this month that airline members of the International Air Transport Association will vote in November on whether to accept travel agencies' own payment cards for tickets. It's one of several major issues transforming how travel management companies handle air payments, especially in Europe. Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2017

More TMCs Certify Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

More than half a dozen travel management companies have certified under the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield framework since the program went live last summer. Read More »
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Posted August 17, 2016

U.S. Corporate Travel Players Weigh Options For Complying With EU Data Protection Rules

Keeping compliant with the European Union's tough personal data privacy laws used to be straightforward. The EU exercises stricter data privacy laws than the United States. That's why it also has rules ensuring that transfers of data about its citizens across the Atlantic must comply with its more stringent standards. Meanwhile, many of the corporate travel industry's dominant service providers, and thus their primary data servers, are based in the United States. They import data about individuals—including names, employers, where the employees travel and credit card details—from Europe on a daily basis, and under a framework called Safe Harbor, U.S. companies could declare they transferred data in a compliant manner. Read More »
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Posted August 16, 2016

World Travel Becomes First Travel Company To Join Privacy Shield Data Protection Framework

Travel management company World Travel has become the first business in the travel sector to appear on the U.S. government's list of companies that have joined the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. U.S. companies adhering to Privacy Shield self-certify they are transferring personal data of European Union citizens to the United States in compliance with EU law. The European Commission approved the framework on July 12. It succeeds Safe Harbor, which the European Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015. Read More »
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Posted July 1, 2016

GDSs Hold Firm To Guidance In Wake Of Brexit Vote

Each of the three major global distribution system operators during the past week have reaffirmed their 2016 outlooks in the wake of the United Kingdom's referendum to leave the European Union. Read More »
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Posted February 11, 2016

As U.S. And EU Negotiate New Data Protection Pact, Compliance Questions Linger

German travel managers’ association VDR is advising members to ensure that personal data sent to the United States by travel service providers is covered by European Union standard contractual clauses or binding corporate rules. The advice comes as EU and U.S. negotiators continue to thrash out a new agreement on data protection. Last week, the two sides announced they are creating a framework dubbed Privacy Shield to replace the less stringent Safe Harbor protections the European Court of Justice invalidated in October. Read More »
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Posted October 7, 2015

European Court Decision Poses Data Challenges For U.S. Service Providers

Following a landmark Oct. 6 ruling by the EU’s highest legal authority, multinational travel service providers that house data in the United States are facing a supersize data management problem related to European Union-based customers. Under the Safe Harbor agreement, U.S. companies have self-audited their adherence to the EU’s stricter data privacy standards since 2000, but the European Court of Justice has ruled that agreement invalid. As an example of the battles ahead, German travel buyer's association VDR said its members need to reexamine contracts with all service providers to verify whether personal employees' data is adequately protected. VDR also suggested that service providers move data storage for EU-based customers to the EU. Read More »
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Posted June 12, 2013

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Posted June 27, 2012

GEBTA: Airlines Illegally Charging Different Prices By Country For Same Fare

The Guild of European Business Travel Agents has complained to the European Commission that airlines illegally are offering the same fare at different prices in different European Union member states. According to GEBTA, such sales violate EU Regulation 1008/2008, which prohibits discrimination in access to airfares, and compromise the effectiveness in particular of pan-European service centers operated by the larger travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted January 4, 2012

EU ETS Cited In Delta, Air France-KLM, Alitalia Surcharge

Delta Air Lines and joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia raised by $6 roundtrip surcharges on North Atlantic routes, according to FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney, who attributed the hike to the new EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Read More »
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