Posted July 13, 2018

Amex GBT-HRG Acquisition Set To Close Next Week

American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday. Read More »
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Posted July 12, 2018

Private Channel Deal Eludes Air France-KLM And Sabre Months After GDS Surcharge

More than three months after Air France-KLM introduced a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, Sabre and the airline group are at an impasse on reaching a private channel deal that would enable Sabre's agency subscribers selected by the airline group to book without fee. Read More »
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Posted July 2, 2018

Corporate Bundles Are Next Up In American Airlines' NDC Journey

American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection. Read More »
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Posted June 28, 2018

IATA Expands NDC Engagement With TMCs, Launches Reference Guide

Lately, IATA has taken more notice of TMCs and the realities of their tech stack, as the association, along with airlines and GDSs, works to bring NDC to scale. Read More »
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Posted June 27, 2018

TMC App Provider MTrip Will Maintain Corporate Focus After French OTA Acquires It

MisterFly, a French travel tech company best known for its namesake online travel agency, announced Tuesday that it has acquired mTrip, the Montreal-based mobile app builder that has gained a growing roster of travel management company clients. Read More »
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Posted June 20, 2018

Sabre Advances Chatbot Testing With Casto And TSI

Sabre expects to wrap up chatbot pilots with Casto Travel and Travel Solutions International USA at the end of the summer. It then will determine whether to make the capability available for other travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted June 18, 2018

U.K. Acquisition Gives Ovation First Non-U.S. Location

Ovation Travel Group has acquired London-based travel agency Chartwell Travel for an undisclosed sum, representing Ovation's first wholly owned location outside the U.S., the company announced Monday. Read More »
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Posted June 15, 2018

Mezi Winds Down TMC Partnerships Post Amex Acquisition

Before American Express acquired chatbot builder Mezi, three travel management companies—Adelman Travel, Casto Travel and WTMC—had partnered with the tech startup for their own message-based offerings. Five months after the payment company acquired it, Mezi has wound down work with TMCs. Read More »
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Posted June 15, 2018
Rock Blanco

INTERVIEW: World Travel Inc. Chief Innovation Officer Rock Blanco

Corporate travel industry vet Rock Blanco this month joined World Travel Inc. as chief innovation officer. He caught up to discuss his new role. Read More »
Posted June 14, 2018

Multinational TMC Network GlobalStar Opts For Its Own Mobile App, Like Radius Before It

This month, GlobalStar Travel Management, which has a presence in 85 countries and such members as Omega World Travel in the U.S. and Capita in the U.K., announced the TripStar app for multinational clients. Network rival Radius launched its own mobile app after enlisting mTrip to build it more than a year ago. Read More »
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