Posted February 7, 2017

Sabre Fourth-Quarter GDS Bookings Rebound, Job Cuts Underway

Following a sluggish third quarter, Sabre reported that global distribution booking volume improved to close the year, and the company offered a mostly sunny outlook for booking trends in 2017. Sean Menke, addressing quarterly earnings for the first time since he became CEO in December, during an earnings call today touched on the US Airways verdict and a few strategic priorities, including system stability. The company's fourth-quarter earnings release also addressed job cuts underway. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017

Concur Embarks On Message Bot With Slack Integration

Concur is beta testing a bot with group messaging system Slack that can support simple T&E tasks via a conversational interface. It marks the beginning of Concur's foray into the buzzed about world of messaging interfaces and bots. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017
Mike Atherton

INTERVIEW: Mantic Point CEO Mike Atherton

Mantic Point CEO Mike Atherton caught up to talk about traveler engagement and trends in mobile travel technology. Read More »
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Posted February 1, 2017

CWT CEO Ekert Talks Strategy, Tech Investment, Hotel Solutions And Cuts

Last April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel appointed Travelport vet Kurt Ekert as CEO. After nine months on the job, he has retooled the organization, including a revamped executive team, and embarked on a refreshed strategy. Read More »
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Posted January 31, 2017

Incoming CEO: ATPCO Modernizing To Keep Pace With Airline Distribution

As he becomes CEO of fare-filing giant ATPCO this week, Rolf Purzer says airline distribution is changing rapidly, and ATPCO must change with it. Read More »
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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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