Posted September 21, 2016

Distributor Trade Bodies Seek To Centralize Coordination With IATA, Not Form Rival Standards

Amid the International Air Transport Association's ongoing formulation of standards for distribution and financial services, two trade bodies that represent global distribution systems and online travel agencies have centralized their coordination with IATA and other standards-making bodies. Read More »
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Posted September 20, 2016

Sabre Looks Outside Travel Industry In CEO Search

Sabre is looking at candidates outside the travel industry and with a technology background in its search to replace Tom Klein as chief executive. Read More »
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Posted September 15, 2016

GDS Trade Bodies Form 'Counterpart' Group On IATA Standards

Two trade bodies representing global distribution systems and online travel agencies informed the International Air Transport Association this month that they have established a new working group "to be the distribution industry’s counterpart of IATA in matters of airline distribution and financial services standard setting." Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2016

Concur: Hipmunk Will Influence Our Enterprise User Experience

Concur's deal to acquire metasearch operator Hipmunk, announced Tuesday, won't have an immediate impact on the user experience or design of Concur's enterprise travel offerings. Yet, in the acquisition, Concur executive vice president of travel Tim MacDonald sees an innovator in travel search and user experience that, down the road at least, will influence the tools Concur provides to corporate users. Read More »
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Posted September 7, 2016

Serko Sees Early Interest In Integrated Small Business Offering, Plots Expansion

New Zealand-based corporate travel and expense technology provider Serko is reporting that its new Serko.travel platform has garnered early interest in launch markets Australia and New Zealand. CEO Darrin Grafton is plotting an expansion of the integrated travel management technology platform for small and midsize businesses to other markets, including the United States. Read More »
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Posted August 30, 2016
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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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