Posted January 24, 2017

TripActions Launches 'All-In-One' Travel Booking And Management Tech

After a year of testing and client pilots, Bay Area corporate travel startup TripActions is officially launching. TripActions bills its offering as "all-in-one travel management technology" that provides travelers with booking and in-trip mobile technology, a rewards system for beating budgets and offline agent support. For client companies, TripActions promises simple, all-inclusive pricing, policy management, the ability to load discounts, data reporting and savings. Read More »
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Posted January 12, 2017

Startup Aims To Modernize Booking Confirmations With Dynamic Emails

SeatAssignMate wants to help travel agencies modernize reservation confirmation emails that land in the inboxes of travelers with sales-capable, interactive emails. Read More »
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Posted January 9, 2017

BEAT SHEET: WorldMate Discontinued; Sabre's Suits; Res System Vulnerabilities; Agent Outlook

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2016
Ian Luck

INTERVIEW: British Airways Distribution Strategy Manager Ian Luck

British Airways has provided a steady flow of distribution-related announcements in recent weeks, including the ability to offer negotiated corporate fares via New Distribution Capability messaging and signing up to Concur TripLink. Ian Luck has led distribution strategy at BA for the past 18 months, so The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen caught up with him to understand better where the airline is heading with its distribution to corporate clients. Read More »
Posted December 7, 2016

Travelport To Consolidate U.S. Tech Operations, Rationalize Tech Vendors

Travelport is consolidating U.S. technology operations, rationalizing tech vendors and cutting some positions through a program that, after completion in the next year-and-a-half, should deliver "annualized cost savings of approximately $19 million to $23 million," the company disclosed this week in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Read More »
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Posted November 29, 2016

HRG Eyes More Hands-On Role In Distribution, Teases 'New Service Model'

During Hogg Robinson Group's half-year conference call for investors today, chief executive David Radcliffe identified a "major opportunity out there at the moment," and that is HRG's role in distribution. Read More »
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Posted November 14, 2016
Bill Brindle

INTERVIEW: HRG Chief Information Officer Bill Brindle

"The current model is going to change." So says HRG chief information officer Bill Brindle, who should know. He addressed British Airways’ New Distribution Capability conference in London last month, and has supported its client, Volkswagen, which has established a direct connection to Lufthansa (as has Siemens). Brindle spoke with The Beat contributing editor Amon Cohen about why emerging alternative distribution channels present huge opportunities but need to become as robust as more established technologies. Read More »
Posted November 11, 2016

VDR Petitions German Cartel Office To Review Prism And IATA Data Disclosures

German travel manager's association VDR submitted a formal petition to the country's federal cartel office alleging that data consolidators Prism and the International Air Transport Association "violate data protection and competition regulations in disclosing corporate data when booking flights," according to a VDR statement. Read More »
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Posted November 10, 2016

Flight Centre's Corporate Unit Taps Into Flight Disruption Startup Freebird

Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate travel division partnered to incorporate Freebird's flight disruption and rebooking service as an option for customers in the United States. Read More »
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Posted November 4, 2016

Amadeus Outpaces GDS Market In The Third Quarter

The market for global distribution system worldwide air bookings among major operators expanded 3 percent during the third quarter, and Amadeus once again grew faster than the market, the company reported Friday. Read More »
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