Posted January 19, 2018

HRG Mum On Commitment To U.S. Affiliate Program After Years-Long Partner Exodus

Ten years ago, HRG launched a North American affiliate program with a handful of U.S.-based travel management companies and a goal to add as many as a dozen members. Since then, the program has lost virtually all its U.S. affiliates and, according to former stakeholders, has been withering on the vine for years. Read More »
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Posted January 18, 2018

IATA One Order 101: What It Is And What It Means For Travel Distribution

The International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability may appear to be the great disruptor sweeping through travel distribution, but arguably an even larger revolution is following. IATA's One Order initiative aims to digitize order management in the same way NDC has digitized offer management. Read More »
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Posted January 17, 2018

Short's Travel Launches Ground Transportation Management Division

Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters. Read More »
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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 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 January 5, 2018

Evercore Equity Analysts See Huge Competitive Advantages For Amadeus, Downgrade Competitors

Evercore ISI equity analysts this week upgraded the outlook for Amadeus but lowered outlooks for its primary competitors: Sabre and Travelport. Read More »
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Posted January 3, 2018

Airlines Back States In Amex Supreme Court Review

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Feb. 26 on a case involving anti-steering provisions American Express has included in contracts with merchants that accept its cards. Read More »
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Posted December 14, 2017

Ryanair Leaves Amadeus And Sues Expedia, Asserting Direct-First Approach

Ryanair has long maintained an aggressively direct-first distribution philosophy. It calls Ryanair.com the most heavily trafficked airline website in the world, as well as its preferred platform to keep distribution costs down, nurture direct relationships with customers and, not least, sell them an array of ancillary products for which the low-cost carrier is famous. Read More »
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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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