Posted February 15, 2017

DOT Gives Agencies Breathing Room On Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed it would extend the compliance date for new rules on airline biasing that had been set to take effect today. Read More »
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Posted February 14, 2017

Regulatory Freeze Raises Questions On DOT Bias Rule Status

A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule that prohibits travel agencies and airlines from biasing flight displays without notice officially takes effect Wednesday. Or, maybe it doesn't. DOT has declined to say for sure whether the scheduled Feb. 15 enactment will occur amid the Trump administration's regulatory freeze, leaving airlines, agencies and distributors in the dark. Read More »
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Posted February 13, 2017
Ed Adams

INTERVIEW: Direct Travel CEO Ed Adams

In addition to death and taxes, it's near certain that Direct Travel will acquire more travel management companies. After flipping to a new private equity owner, the TMC last year purchased Atlanta-based Georgia International Travel, Cleveland-based Traveline Travel Services and Massachusetts-based Colpitts World Travel. Since embarking on its ongoing agency roll-up plan in 2011, Colorado-based Direct Travel has done enough deals for CEO Ed Adams to lose count: "Twenty-one or 22? It's probably 21," he said. "We've still having fun and plugging away." He caught up with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer to discuss agency acquisitions, integration and growth. Read More »
Posted February 10, 2017

Egencia Looks To Double Sales In Four Years, Bulk Up Sales Force

Last year, Egencia's gross bookings rose 17 percent from 2015 to reach $6.4 billion, and Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday the company's corporate travel arm aims "to double over the next four years." Read More »
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Posted February 9, 2017

More TMCs Certify Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

More than half a dozen travel management companies have certified under the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield framework since the program went live last summer. Read More »
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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
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 23, 2017

Airlines' Instructions For Basic Economy: Suppress Sales Or Divulge Restrictions

As they join Delta Air Lines in selling their own stripped down Basic Economy fares, American Airlines this month and United Airlines last month issued guidance to travel management companies and corporate clients on distributing the new low-cost but heavily restricted options. Read More »
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Posted January 20, 2017

ARC Data Show Uneven Corporate Trip Volumes In Q4

The number of trips processed by business travel agencies and settled through ARC during the fourth quarter fell 2.6 percent year over year. The quarter was jagged, with a year-over-year decline in trip volume in October, a year-over-year uptick in November and another fall in December. Despite unevenness in the ARC figures, major U.S. airlines said business travel demand strengthened after the U.S. presidential election and continued into 2017. Read More »
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