Posted November 23, 2016

Judge Blocks New Labor Department Overtime Rule Opposed By ASTA

A U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of salaried workers, including many travel agents, has been blocked from taking effect on Dec. 1, according to a preliminary court injunction issued Tuesday. Read More »
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Posted November 18, 2016

HRS Adds OTA And GDS Content To Assure Best Price And Availability

In recent years, all three major global distribution systems, not to mention many leading travel management companies, have concluded they cannot offer customers enough hotels without piping in content from Germany's HRS. The self-styled "global hotel solutions" group's database offers rates directly from 300,000 properties, of which 180,000 are independents. Read More »
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Posted November 17, 2016

New DOT Airline Biasing Rule Extends To Corporate Channels, To An Extent

A U.S. Department of Transportation regulation taking effect Dec. 5 prohibits undisclosed biasing against airlines in online shopping displays. Against the wishes of some travel management companies, DOT extended the final rule to corporate travel channels. Read More »
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Posted November 11, 2016

VDR Petitions German Cartel Office To Review Prism And IATA Data Disclosures

German travel manager's association VDR submitted a formal petition to the country's federal cartel office alleging that data consolidators Prism and the International Air Transport Association "violate data protection and competition regulations in disclosing corporate data when booking flights," according to a VDR statement. Read More »
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Posted November 10, 2016

Flight Centre's Corporate Unit Taps Into Flight Disruption Startup Freebird

Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate travel division partnered to incorporate Freebird's flight disruption and rebooking service as an option for customers in the United States. Read More »
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Posted November 4, 2016

Amadeus Outpaces GDS Market In The Third Quarter

The market for global distribution system worldwide air bookings among major operators expanded 3 percent during the third quarter, and Amadeus once again grew faster than the market, the company reported Friday. Read More »
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Posted November 3, 2016

Travelport Sees Sustained Softness In U.S. Market

Like Sabre, Travelport reported softness in U.S. global distribution system bookings during the third quarter, especially for corporate travel. While Sabre said strength built in the first month of the fourth quarter, Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson doesn't see evidence of improvement. Read More »
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Posted November 2, 2016

Saudi-Backed Company Buys Major Radius Shareholder Portman To Move International

Saudi-owned travel company Mawasem Travel & Tourism has bought United Kingdom-based Portman Travel, one of the three major shareholders in global travel management company network Radius Travel. Read More »
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Posted November 2, 2016

Sabre Primed For Growth After Sluggish Q3

Sabre president and CEO Tom Klein is disappointed with the company's third-quarter performance, citing corporate booking weakness that dampened global distribution system growth, the insolvency of German travel agency Unister that hit revenue and stalled bookings, and higher than expected expenses related to bolstering system security. Read More »
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Posted November 1, 2016

Panel: TMC, Tech Execs Assess Bots, Messaging And AI In Corporate Travel

At The Beat Live in Chicago last month, Sabre Labs director Mark McSpadden led a discussion on artificial intelligence, bots and messaging technologies. Alongside him were Servo founder Nadav Gur, American Express Global Business Travel vice president Evan Konwiser, FCM Travel Solutions chief strategy officer John Morhous and Pana CEO Devon Tivona. Read More »
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