Posted August 30, 2016
Evan Konwiser

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT's Evan Konwiser Talks KDS Deal

American Express Global Business Travel announced an agreement to purchase booking and expense provider KDS. Amex GBT vice president of the digital traveler Evan Konwiser discussed the deal with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
Posted August 30, 2016

Amex GBT To Buy KDS In Pursuit Of 'End-to-End Experience'

American Express Global Business Travel agreed to acquire France-based booking and expense provider KDS. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the mega travel management company expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter. Read More »
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Posted August 12, 2016

Travelport Continues Long March To Smartpoint Adoption

For several years, Travelport has worked to move agency subscribers from the legacy cryptic desktop environment to its next-generation Smartpoint application. The process has had its share of hiccups, but a couple corporate travel management companies are vouching for the cutover after making the shift in the past year. Others have been slower to adopt. Read More »
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Posted August 4, 2016

Travelport Grows, Diversifies Revenue Amid Flat Q2 Bookings

Travelport reported flat year-over-year booking trends for the three months ending June 30, with declines in the United States and gains generally elsewhere, according to second-quarter results released Thursday. As in quarters past, the global distribution system operator continued to offset no-growth transaction trends with higher revenue per segment and big gains in "Beyond Air" revenue, which includes payments as well as hotel and car streams. Read More »
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Posted July 29, 2016

Beating Expectations, Amadeus Grows Q2 GDS Air Share But Holds 2016 Guidance Amid Uncertainty

Amadeus' global distribution system air bookings during the second quarter rose nearly 8 percent year over year to 138 million, outpacing the marketwide GDS air booking growth rate of 4 percent. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2016

Uber's Former TMC Alleges Breach Of Contract In Lawsuit

Dallas-based travel management company Travel Solutions International on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against former client Uber, seeking nearly $2 million in damages for the transportation network's alleged breach of contract, among other claims. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2016

As It Moves On From E-Travel, Amadeus Positions 'End-To-End' T&E

Just as Sabre is repositioning its corporate travel assets and reinvigorating its push in self-booking, mobile tools and other business travel areas, so too is global distribution rival Amadeus. Read More »
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Posted July 21, 2016

Sabre Rethinks Its Corporate Travel Assets With Integrated Platform Plan

Sabre has Concur in its sights as it pulls together a mobile-focused corporate offering that brings GetThere's booking capabilities into TripCase, folds in virtual payment capabilities, widens the door to third-party developers, provides deeper ties to expense partners and puts it all in what the company calls a "consumer-grade" wrapper. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2016

Major Travel Suppliers Buy Into Open Data Exchange From Jeff Katz And BCG

Orbitz Worldwide founding chairman, president and CEO Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group are coming out with an ambitious plan for an open-source travel industry operating system that already has won buy-in and investments from American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and United Airlines. Read More »
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Posted July 12, 2016

D'Astolfo Heads Back To Deem To Lead Sales In Post-Grady Era

Tony D'Astolfo has unfinished business. And so, he will return to Deem next week as chief commercial officer to oversee sales, marketing and customer relations as part of the San Francisco-based travel tech company's latest reinvention. Read More »
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