Posted June 18, 2018

U.K. Acquisition Gives Ovation First Non-U.S. Location

Ovation Travel Group has acquired London-based travel agency Chartwell Travel for an undisclosed sum, representing Ovation's first wholly owned location outside the U.S., the company announced Monday. Read More »
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Posted June 14, 2018

Multinational TMC Network GlobalStar Opts For Its Own Mobile App, Like Radius Before It

This month, GlobalStar Travel Management, which has a presence in 85 countries and such members as Omega World Travel in the U.S. and Capita in the U.K., announced the TripStar app for multinational clients. Network rival Radius launched its own mobile app after enlisting mTrip to build it more than a year ago. Read More »
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Posted May 17, 2018

GDS Surcharges, Agent Incentives, Lower Fares: Lufthansa Tries It All For NDC Adoption

Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced. Read More »
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Posted May 14, 2018

GDPR: The Questions That Matter Now For Corporate Travel

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, and its writ extends globally to any business handling the personal data of EU citizens. As in other commercial sectors, companies in corporate travel are trying to understand the precise implications for how they operate, how they must comply, the cost of compliance and whether they even need to take notice. Read More »
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Posted May 4, 2018

Amadeus Reports 'Strong' GDS Bookings, But Western Europe Falls On Share Shift

Total first-quarter bookings processed through Amadeus' global distribution system rose 3.4 percent year over year to 177 million, as airline bookings rose nearly 4 percent to 160 million and non-air bookings increased 1 percent to 17 million. The Spain-based travel distribution and IT company reported its own air booking growth was in line with total GDS industry levels, according to its quarterly earnings report Friday. Read More »
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Posted April 11, 2018

Former Deem Exec Tony D'Astolfo Heads To Serko

New Zealand-based corporate T&E tech provider Serko is bringing on corporate travel vet Tony D'Astolfo to lead its push in the U.S. and Canada. D'Astolfo left another T&E tech provider, Deem, three months ago. Effective April 16, he'll be SVP of North America for Serko, which is publicly traded on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Read More »
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Posted April 4, 2018

How Travel Companies Perform On Gender Pay In The U.K.

Companies that have 250 or more employees based in the U.K. are required to disclose gender pay gap data. The Beat examined figures and additional disclosures from several airlines, hoteliers, travel management companies and technology companies. Read More »
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Posted April 2, 2018

As Distribution Evolves, Europe Opens Complex Review Of GDS Regulations

The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union. Read More »
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Posted March 9, 2018

Report: FCM Loses Big Aussie Banking Client After Billing 'Abnormalities'

National Australia Bank has withdrawn significant business from Flight Centre Travel Group-owned travel management company FCM after concluding it was being overcharged for bookings, according a report this week by Fairfax Media, which publishes The Sydney Morning Herald and other Australian news outlets. Read More »
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Posted February 28, 2018

Amadeus Added 5 Percentage Points Of GDS Air Share In Past Five Years

Growth in travel agency airline bookings processed through Amadeus' global distribution system once again outpaced industry rates last year, according to the company. In the past decade, Amadeus has consistently picked up GDS airline market share and, in the past five years alone, has added 5 percentage points to its competitive position. Read More »
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