Posted December 20, 2004 - New York City

Amex, Marriott Fall Out For '05

American Express on January 1 will remove Marriott International from its preferred supplier list because the companies failed to come to contractual terms. Amex said it disagreed with the reason Marriott gave for the falling out, but did not offer its own rationale. Read More »
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Posted December 17, 2004 - New York City

IAC Buys More Of China's eLong

Shares in eLong rose nearly 5 percent by midday to $19.71. The company last month reported 67 percent higher third-quarter revenues of $4.6 million and a net loss of $88,000. Read More »
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Posted December 15, 2004 - New York City

Pegasus To Take On Chains With New Booking Sites

Pegasus provided these details on a conference call late yesterday. Its shares rose slightly this morning. Read More »
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Posted December 13, 2004 - New York City

JetBlue On Sabre: It's Not Them, It's Us

JetBlue's decision to leave the Sabre global distribution system on January 1 is as much about the carrier's marketing as it is the cost of distribution, a JetBlue official said. Two percent of JetBlue's sales are going through the Sabre GDS. Read More »
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Posted December 10, 2004 - New York City

JetBlue To Leave Sabre's GDS

The Sabre spokesperson said the New York-based airline gets less than one tenth of 1 percent of total air bookings in the GDS. 'So we expect very little impact,' he said. 'They have participated minimally in the GDSs overall and their fares were booked by a very small number of agency customers. Most of the time, there are competitive alternative options on one of the other airlines in the Sabre GDS on markets served by JetBlue.' Read More »
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Posted December 9, 2004 - New York City

Sabre's '05 Avg. GDS Price To Rise 2.3 Percent

The deals Jackson referred to include Sabre's Direct Connect Availability Three-Year Option agreements with many major carriers that extend previously negotiated prices on bookings made in the United States. The DCA deals, which cover more than half of Sabre's air bookings, begin expiring in October of next year. Most of the agreements expire in the middle of 2006. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2004 - New York City

CWT Alters Online View

Carlson Wagonlit Travel under new president and CEO Hubert Joly is favoring its consulting and systems integration capabilities over the previously aggressive marketing of its own corporate self-booking tool, Horizon. While the company still believes the Horizon product to be the best there is, Joly said, "We have a much broader role than just selling a product, and we should not confuse our role as a travel management partner with a product-based strategy."

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Posted December 6, 2004 - New York City

Delta Field Sales Cuts Disturb Some TMCs

A Delta spokesperson declined to offer details, other than to say, 'We have done an overall reorganization of sales and distribution, with consolidation of a lot of positions and roles.' The cutbacks are part of Delta's transformation plan, announced September 8, involving as many as 7,000 job reductions and a 15 percent cut in management overhead. Read More »
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Posted December 3, 2004 - New York City

TUI Transaction Revives Navigant Talk; TQ3 Mum

The bank sale is key because U.S. regulations preclude companies that are part owned by a foreign bank from investing in travel companies here. TQ3 CEO Marc Hildebrand has said full ownership of its network is a high priority for TQ3 as it competes with American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Business Travel International for multinational corporate travel accounts. During the past year, TQ3 has lost partners in France and the United States to acquisitions by CWT. Read More »
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Posted December 2, 2004 - New York City

McGraw To Lead Amex In North America

McGraw takes the helm of the largest online and offline corporate travel agency in North America while it is in the midst of a significant restructuring, which it calls Playing2Win. 'I don't want to call it a reorganization, but it's all part of asking whether we have the appropriate business structure today to be the most competitive it can be, not only for today but also for 18 and 36 months out,' McGraw said in an interview today. Read More »
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