Posted February 15, 2018

Will HRG See A Counterbid? It's Possible But Not Expected, Pundits Say

Several sources discussing the pending acquisition of HRG by American Express Global Business Travel anticipate the deal to close as designed. Yet, the door is open for another player with sufficient capital and a strategic rationale to make a competing offer. Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2018

Amex GBT-HRG Deal Gets Surprising Backer In BCD Owner

At first blush, it may come as a surprise that the owner of BCD Group and the single largest shareholder of Hogg Robinson would let HRG fall into the arms of BCD Travel rival American Express Global Business Travel. But the time was right for BCD Group founder and owner John Fentener van Vlissingen to cash out. Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2018

Hogg Robinson To Sell HRG To Amex GBT, And Fraedom To Visa

Two of the world’s largest travel management companies are set to merge after American Express Global Business Travel offered up to £410 million to buy Hogg Robinson Group. Read More »
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Posted January 19, 2018

HRG Mum On Commitment To U.S. Affiliate Program After Years-Long Partner Exodus

Ten years ago, HRG launched a North American affiliate program with a handful of U.S.-based travel management companies and a goal to add as many as a dozen members. Since then, the program has lost virtually all its U.S. affiliates and, according to former stakeholders, has been withering on the vine for years. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

Hogg Robinson Looks To NDC To Rebuild Falling Revenues

Client wins inspired by early global leadership in New Distribution Capability will help Hogg Robinson Group reverse long-term revenue declines in the coming months, CEO David Radcliffe claimed during the group’s half-year results presentation last week. Read More »
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Posted November 22, 2017

HRG Reaches Highest-Level NDC Certification

HRG this week achieved Level 3 certification as a travel seller under the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability initiative, making it one of the few travel management companies to land certification at any level. Read More »
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Posted October 10, 2017

Amadeus Facilitates TMC Deals With IAG Carriers To Waive GDS Surcharges

American Express Global Business Travel, HRG and Key Travel are among the travel management companies that will be shielded from British Airways' and Iberia's global distribution system surcharge, set to take effect Nov. 1. The fee waivers, for now, extend to bookings with Amadeus, which has facilitated TMC arrangements with International Airlines Group carriers. Read More »
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Posted October 2, 2017

HRG To Avoid IAG's GDS Surcharge In Some Markets, More Agency Exemptions To Come

Sister airlines British Airways and Iberia have announced a "New Distribution Capability related agreement" that exempts Hogg Robinson Group from their distribution surcharge of €9.50 per fare component set to take effect Nov. 1. Read More »
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Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted June 30, 2017

TMCs Weigh Options On American's Distribution Model

Travel management companies are assessing American Airlines' proposal to pay agencies $2 per segment for transactions processed through its Farelogix-powered New Distribution Capability pipe. While the incentive amount from American is clear, the cost and effort agencies would shoulder to facilitate NDC connections is anything but. Read More »
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