Posted April 10, 2014
Elaine Osgood

INTERVIEW: Atlas Travel President And CEO Elaine Osgood

Atlas Travel this week announced it had opened a new London office to better serve U.K. and European clients as well as travelers from U.S. clients. It's the first major international foray on its own for Atlas, a BCD Travel affiliate since 1998. Read More »
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Posted April 3, 2014

Amadeus Agrees To Acquire IFAO

Amadeus has agreed to acquire German travel technology firm iFAO Group, the companies announced Thursday. A statement from Amadeus indicated the company's intention to grow its corporate travel IT business, which it described as "a fast-growing market." Amadeus made no mention of any plans to integrate iFAO's tools, which include self-booking and expense management components, with its own e-Travel Management self-booking system. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2014

AA Delays New Travel Agency Programs

American Airlines confirmed a delay for new travel agency programs encompassing both AA and US Airways operations. Initially scheduled to take effect April 1, those U.S. point-of-sale programs now are planned to go live on July 1. Read More »
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Posted March 25, 2014

Hickory On TripScanner Deal: 'You Have To Start Somewhere'

In teaming with TripScanner to help travel agency members manage client leakage, Hickory Global Partners isn't expecting fully to resolve all the thorny issues around open booking. Asking rhetorically if the web-based tool meant to help track off-channel bookings will ensure that data on 100 percent of a company's bookings appropriately is captured, Hickory president Chris Dane said no. "But it gets us closer to 100 percent." Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas with reporting by Jay Boehmer | More by David Jonas
Posted March 24, 2014
Bill Glenn

INTERVIEW: American Express Global Business Travel's Bill Glenn

The Beat's David Jonas speaks with American Express Global Business Travel president and CEO Bill Glenn about the company's planned business travel joint venture, on track to be finalized next quarter. Read More »
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Posted March 12, 2014

Amadeus Vet Tom Cates To Lead Balboa Growth Efforts, Advance Tech Development

Following an 18-year run at Amadeus, Tom Cates last month became executive vice president of strategic development at Balboa Travel Management. The San Diego-based travel management company hired him to oversee "global growth initiatives, more than anything," said president and CEO Denise Jackson. Read More »
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Posted March 11, 2014

Amadeus Abandons Multi-GDS Desktop, Refocuses On 'Traveler-Centric' Systems

Citing pressure felt by travel management companies to deliver improved "traveler-centric" solutions, Amadeus no longer is working on the desktop component of Amadeus One. It fell victim to an evolving distribution chain, which devalued the system's promise to ease agent training in multi-GDS environments and provide access to content. Read More »
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Posted March 6, 2014

NuTravel Building Out Platform As 'Central Point' For Tech Integration

NuTravel Technology Solutions hasn't been intentionally secretive about its new technology platform, but it hasn't been shouting from the rooftops either. That's because the company has spent the past 18 months working on that platform and wanted it operational before promoting it in the market, according to president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano. Read More »
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Posted February 26, 2014

Australia's CTM Claims To Be Winning More Accounts From Mega TMCs

Australia's Corporate Travel Management in recent years has pursued acquisitions in an effort to build a footprint competitive with the world's largest corporate agencies. Reporting another set of strong financial metrics for the fiscal half ending Dec. 31, executives on Wednesday discussed rapid progress in integrating U.S. acquisitions and sounded quite bullish on its prospects in Asia following the purchase of most of Westminster Travel. Read More »
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Posted February 25, 2014
April Bridgeman

INTERVIEW: BCD Travel's April Bridgeman

BCD Travel senior vice president April Bridgeman, who also serves as managing director of the TMC's Advito consultancy, discusses the new TripSource mobile app. Read More »
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