Posted June 12, 2014

CTM To Acquire Alaska's USTravel

Australia's Corporate Travel Management announced the acquisition of Alaska's USTravel, effective July 1. It's yet another purchase, following those of Polk Majestic Travel Group (also known as R&A Travel) and TravelCorp, that expands CTM's North American presence. Read More »
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Posted June 10, 2014

NuTravel Connects With TripBam, Eyes Fully Automated Hotel Rebooking

NuTravel wants to create a fully automated "end-to-end" process for rebooking hotel reservations when lower rates are found. Read More »
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Posted June 9, 2014

Amex, Feds Submit Witness Lists Ahead Of Scheduled July Trial

American Express and the U.S. Department of Justice are gearing up for a July 7 trial date, which will see the former defend allegations that it violated federal antitrust laws. Read More »
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Posted June 6, 2014

Report Finds Merchandizing Disconnect Between Airlines, Travelers

Driving ancillary revenue through merchandizing is all the rage with airlines the world over these days, and for good reason. But according to a Frost & Sullivan report commissioned by Amadeus, there's a pretty big gap between airline interest and traveler interest in many merchandizing techniques. Read More »
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Posted June 4, 2014

Travelport Files For U.S. IPO

Travelport's trying again. More than four years after scrapping plans for an initial public offering in London and about eight years after being purchased by an affiliate of the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion, the company today filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to launch an initial public offering. Read More »
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Posted June 2, 2014
Ed Adams

INTERVIEW: Direct Travel's Ed Adams

Ed Adams has some of his band back together, and he's trying to replicate his success with Navigant International, which after a big agency roll-up was sold in 2006 to Carlson Wagonlit Travel. He returned to the scene in 2011 when private-equity investment firm Silver Oak Services Partners bought Directravel and installed him as CEO. The firm's stated plan is to consolidate several midmarket corporate travel agencies into a $1.5 billion travel management company. Adams and his team (stacked with several other Navigant vets) already have made some acquisitions and are eyeing more. He recently spoke with The Beat's David Jonas about the roll-up plan and Direct Travel's position in the industry. Read More »
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Posted May 22, 2014

Sabre Launches Developer Portal

Sabre this week launched a new developer platform meant to ease the process for third parties interested in creating applications with embedded travel services. Read More »
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Posted May 19, 2014
Romeo Cuter

INTERVIEW: CTM North America's Romeo Cuter

Romeo Cuter, new CEO of the North American operations of Australia's Corporate Travel Management, recently talked with The Beat's David Jonas about integrating U.S. acquisitions, a goal "to be a major force in the U.S." with $500 million per year in annual sales volume and trends around the industry. Read More »
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Posted May 15, 2014

Despite Losing Southwest, Sabre Bullish On Air Res Business

During Sabre's first earnings conference call since returning to the public market, executives discussed an accelerating trend toward suppliers outsourcing technology projects. Read More »
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Posted May 8, 2014

Amadeus Posts Higher Revenue And Profits, Claims Growing Market Share

Amadeus on Thursday reported another quarter of healthy growth, with higher revenue and profits in the first quarter versus the prior-year period, and a small increase in claimed market share. Read More »
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