Posted November 13, 2013

Travelport Prepping App Store

Travelport next week plans to begin beta-testing an app store-like forum meant as a one-stop shop for connecting members of Travelport's Developer Network and its agency subscribers. Called Marketplace, it is conceptually similar to the Sabre Red App Centre, which launched in early 2012. Read More »
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Posted November 7, 2013

Bullish Concur Expanding Open Booking Investment

Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh sounded particularly optimistic on Wednesday when discussing with analysts the company's financial performance for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. He pointed to thousands of new customer signings, ETS2 progress and accelerating revenue growth. The company now has "a clear line of sight to crossing the $1 billion revenue mark in 2016," he said. Wall Street on Thursday seemed unmoved. Read More »
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Posted November 6, 2013

New Version Of Travelport Desktop App To Fix Delta Economy Comfort Function

Travelport in April finally enabled travel agencies connected to its global distribution systems to sell Delta's Economy Comfort seats, 10 months after announcing a deal to do so. But even after all that work, the process is "a bit clunky," acknowledged Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson. He told The Beat on Wednesday that when the latest version of the company's Smartpoint desktop app goes into production later this month, it'll fix the issue. Read More »
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Posted November 6, 2013

Two More Startups Tackle Corporate Travel Spot Buying

Two New York startups separately are bringing to market next-gen travel management-lite systems geared toward smaller companies. Reminiscent of Concur's use of TripIt, both revolve around emailed itineraries from travelers booking wherever they like. Read More »
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Posted October 25, 2013

GBTA Establishes 'Threshold' For Ongoing Dialogue On IATA NDC

The Global Business Travel Association on Friday stated its intention for "further dialogue" with the International Air Transport Association regarding IATA's Resolution 787 and the related New Distribution Capability initiative. Noting "potential significant financial and operational impacts" on the business travel community, GBTA set forth a list of "principles and parameters" meant to improve communication with IATA regarding implementation of Resolution 787. Read More »
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Posted October 22, 2013

CWT, Frosch Fined By DOT For Violating Codeshare Disclosure Rules

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced that it fined Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Frosch International Travel for failing to disclose codeshare information during telephone reservat... Read More »
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Posted October 17, 2013

Amex CFO: JV Would Ease TMC's Struggle For Internal Investment, Boost Performance

American Express CFO Jeff Campbell made clear that the Global Business Travel division would continue to be a key part of the company should a proposed joint venture take effect in the second quarter of 2014 and said that teaming with private-equity firm Certares would provide an influx of capital that would help the TMC business "do a better job than frankly it's been able to do in the past few years at growth and investing in technology." Read More »
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Posted October 7, 2013 - Miami

Concur CEO Steve Singh: No Perfection Without Collaboration

Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh last week kicked off The Beat Live conference here with a keynote address, but no, he didn't harp on open booking. He did, however, focus on other Concur themes: an open platform, using data intelligently and what the company calls "the perfect trip." Read More »
Posted by: David Jonas with reporting by JoAnn DeLuna | More by David Jonas
Posted September 18, 2013

Embracing Open Booking, Gant Goes All In With Concur

As the managed travel community chews over the implications of open booking and models that provide more traveler empowerment, travel management companies are considering where they stand and how to move forward. Gant Travel Management has made its decision and opted to embrace a new mindset. Read More »
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Posted September 16, 2013

EasyJet And Amadeus Use 'Light' Touch To Integrate XML Transactions

Amadeus today announced that easyJet is the first carrier to be designated within its distribution system as a "light ticketing airline." The next step in the global distribution system operator's "ticketless access level," light ticketing is meant to improve access to low-cost carrier inventory and integrate content into traditional travel agency workflows. Read More »
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