Posted January 12, 2018

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

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 January 10, 2018
Gabe Rizzi

INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Corporate President Gabe Rizzi

Nearly two years ago, multibrand travel agency operator Travel Leaders Group appointed Gabe Rizzi to lead the Travel Leaders Corporate division. Since then, he has welcomed several acquisitions into the fold. He recently spoke with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer about acquisitions, multinational positioning, mobile strategy and Travel Leaders Corporate's approach to client technology. Read More »
Posted January 9, 2018

Labor Data: Travel Agent Employment Numbers Defy Projected Declines

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the number of travel agents employed in the U.S. will fall 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to its latest employment outlook. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2017
Adam Daniels

INTERVIEW: BA Chief Commercial Officer Adam Daniels And Head Of Distribution Ian Luck

British Airways introduced a global distribution system surcharge on Nov. 1 but at the last minute signed "private channel" deals waiving the surcharge for travel agencies that committed to eventually take BA content through New Distribution Capability-standard connections. The Beat’s Amon Cohen talked to BA chief commercial officer Adam Daniels and head of distribution Ian Luck about the thinking behind private channel and how BA and the rest of the travel industry are evolving to a new distribution model. Read More »
Posted December 13, 2017

Travelport Becomes First GDS Certified As NDC Level 3 Aggregator

Travelport today became the first global distribution system operator to achieve the International Air Transport Association's highest-level certification as an aggregator under the New Distribution Capability initiative. As such, Travelport made good on its target to achieve Level 3 NDC status by early 2018. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2017

IATA Embarks On 'Critical Mass' Phase Of NDC Adoption As Airlines, GDSs Buy In

The International Air Transport Association is concluding the "first five-year cycle" of its New Distribution Capability standard-making initiative and embarking on the next, two-year phase to "drive a critical mass of NDC transactions," according to presentation slides for remarks NDC program director Yanik Hoyles delivered this week. Read More »
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Posted December 7, 2017

DOT Withdraws Bag Fee Disclosure Rulemaking

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage. Read More »
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Posted December 1, 2017

CTM Touts Certification From Auditing Firm That Spots Fare Markups

Corporate Travel Management this week became the first travel agency to earn a newly created certification "for transparent airfare pricing" from a startup auditing firm, the Australia-based company announced. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

IATA Airlines Agree To Lift Ban On Agency Card Payments

International Air Transport Association member airlines will collectively allow accredited travel agents to pay for tickets with their own payment cards for the first time. Read More »
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Posted November 27, 2017

Hogg Robinson Looks To NDC To Rebuild Falling Revenues

Client wins inspired by early global leadership in New Distribution Capability will help Hogg Robinson Group reverse long-term revenue declines in the coming months, CEO David Radcliffe claimed during the group’s half-year results presentation last week. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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