Posted August 3, 2017

Travelport Confirms Slow GDS Market For Q2

The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis. Read More »
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Posted August 1, 2017

Sabre Will Cut Headcount By 9 Percent

Sabre disclosed plans to reduce global headcount by 9 percent to achieve $110 million in annual cost savings. The global distribution system operator and travel IT company is "reorganizing certain functions, reducing layers of management and lowering costs to enable a more nimble, faster moving and focused organization," the company disclosed Tuesday as it reported second-quarter financial results. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2017

Amadeus: GDS Air Bookings Slowed In Second Quarter

Worldwide airline bookings transacted on the Amadeus global distribution system rose 2 percent year over year to 141 million during the second quarter, slowing sharply from the first quarter's 9 percent year-over-year growth rate. Read More »
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Posted July 27, 2017

Agency Automation Provider Tramada Lands Tower Travel In U.S. Push

Illinois-based travel management company Tower Travel is rolling out cloud-based technology from agency automation firm Tramada Systems to support multi-GDS profile management and travel accounting. Read More »
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Posted July 26, 2017

Frosch Execs Launch Separate Mobile Tech Business For TMCs

A couple Frosch executives co-founded a startup that provides mobile itinerary management technology for travel management companies to support travelers in-trip whether they transact with the agency or book off channel. Read More »
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Posted July 17, 2017

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2017

LETTERS: ATPCO, BCD Travel And Pass Consulting Write In

ATPCO product strategy manager 
David Smith and Pass Consulting Group CEO Michael Strauss separately submit letters about the complexities of airline content aggregation. BCD Travel execs share thoughts on the Sabre Synxis breach. Read More »
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Posted July 11, 2017
Mike Kubasik

INTERVIEW: Travel And Transport Chief Information Officer Mike Kubasik

Travel and Transport chief information officer Mike Kubasik spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about mobile strategy, its mobile patent and API connectivity with travel suppliers through the Dash Mobile app. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
Posted July 6, 2017

Casto Bets On Subscription Pricing, Bot Interactions For Traveler-Centric Proposition

Casto Travel CEO Marc Casto is over the transaction-based model that has dominated travel management company pricing for so long. Like a few other advocates for a shift, including AmTrav Corporate Travel and Executive Travel, he is attracted to a per-traveler, per-month "membership" model. 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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