Posted May 3, 2016

Virgin Atlantic's Shift To Delta's Res System On Track, Other Partners Could Follow

Virgin Atlantic's migration from its current HP Shares reservations system to Delta Air Lines' in-house system is on track for a November cutover, Delta president Ed Bastian said. Read More »
Posted April 29, 2016

Orbitz For Business Boosts Egencia In First Quarter

Egencia's first-quarter gross bookings rose 21 percent year over year to $1.66 billion, parent company Expedia reported Thursday, an increase due in large part to the inclusion of Orbitz for Business results in Egencia's financial statements. Expedia acquired Orbitz Worldwide last year. Read More »
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Posted April 28, 2016

Sabre: GDS Share Gains, Leisure Growth Offset 'Muted' Corporate Travel

Signs of a corporate travel slowdown in the United States abound, and Sabre today confirmed a "muted" environment and flat booking growth for the business segment during the first quarter, according to executives. Read More »
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Posted April 21, 2016
John Rizzo

INTERVIEW: New Deem President John Rizzo

Last week, Deem confirmed the departure of founder and CEO Patrick Grady. A new injection of capital from PointGuard Ventures and Hony Capital and the installation of new leaders foretell yet another reinvention for the San Francisco-based provider of travel booking, expense and ground technologies. PointGuard Ventures managing director Krish Panu has assumed the role of chairman and CEO, and John Rizzo now leads day-to-day operations as president and COO. Rizzo spoke with The Beat's editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about Deem's direction. Read More »
Posted April 15, 2016

ROUNDTABLE: Buyers Discuss Corporate Booking Tools

At The BTN Group's Tech Talk conference in Chicago late last month, Microsoft global travel and venue group lead Eric Bailey, Accenture managing director of global travel and events Mary Bastrentaz, Dart Container travel manager Cheryl Benjamin and Liberty Mutual Insurance senior category strategist for procurement and travel Michelle DeCosta discussed online booking systems. Read More »
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Posted April 14, 2016

Farelogix And Routehappy Team Up On Merchandizing

Farelogix and Routehappy are integrating their merchandizing systems, FLX Merchandise and Routehappy Hub, for joint airline customers. Executives called the platforms "complementary," as Routehappy's system enables product-content management while Farelogix lets airlines manage and deliver offers. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2016

Two Years On, United Nears Home Stretch Of Concur TripLink Integration

Following some delays, United Airlines expects to start beta testing its direct integration of Concur's TripLink with select corporate clients by July. A Concur official said United would be the first airline to go live with supplier-direct TripLink integration, joining other suppliers like major hotel operators that are already in action. Read More »
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Posted March 30, 2016

GUEST: AmTrav's Fichtelberg On How Third-Party Tech Inhibits TMC Innovation

Craig Fichtelberg, co-founder and president of Chicago-area travel management company AmTrav, discusses how an over-reliance on third-party technology and tech integration is the enemy of true travel management company innovation. Read More »
Posted March 24, 2016

Mozio Seeks to Deepen Corporate, Agency Partnerships

Airport ground transportation technology supplier Mozio is building more ties on the corporate travel side, particularly boosting its focus on its travel agency tool, according to founder and CEO David Litwak. Read More »
Posted March 22, 2016

HRG's Brindle Talks Distribution's Evolution, Connecting With Lufthansa

With an acknowledgment that "distribution evolves," Hogg Robinson Group chief information officer Bill Brindle discussed how the TMC is treading slowly with accessing the Lufthansa Group's direct connect. This month, the airline company announced that the travel management company was among a few third-party sellers agreeing to do so. Read More »
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