Posted August 23, 2004 - New York City

CWT's Schleien To Depart; Joly Steps In

Carlson Wagonlit Travel North America president Robin Schleien will step down August 31 after nearly four years in the role and 12 years with the company, CWT informed customers on Friday. CWT Worldwide president and CEO Hubert Joly was named chairman and CEO of CWT North America, and will jointly run the region with COO Jack O'Neill, who takes on responsibility for Canada as well as a spot on CWT's global management committee. Schleien's position will not be replaced. Read More »
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Posted August 23, 2004 - New York City

ARC Chides Sabre On New Processing Fee

ARC on Friday afternoon rapped Sabre Travel Network for telling its subscriber agencies a week earlier that it will levy fees on them to process credit card charges through ARC's service fee program. Created in 1995 after airlines began slashing commissions, the program allows agencies to process transaction fees charged to clients through ARC. Read More »
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Posted August 19, 2004 - New York City

Tzell Parent CNG Builds Hotel Inventory With Acquisition

Ireland's CNG Travel Group today said it acquired consumer hotel booking sites and brands owned by Places to Stay from WorldRes for $12.5 million, marking the first phase in the company's effort to build a business-to-consumer channel. CNG owns Tzell Travel in New York and said it provides its Travel Lodging Connector hotel reservations technology to more than 450 travel agencies. The acquisition offers CNG inventory from 8,000 additional hotels, increasing its total hotel inventory to more than Read More »
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Posted August 18, 2004 - New York City

FEATURE: ITA Software Scrambling On Airline Interfaces

Orbitz Inc. search engine provider ITA Software expects by winter to finish building new interfaces to 'a bunch' of major airlines, allowing Orbitz and ITA to access full inventory information. ITA is scrambling to address changes by the airlines during the second quarter which Orbitz said 'actually reduced the number of flight options available to an Orbitz customer beyond what was made available to us by the supplier.' Read More »
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Posted August 18, 2004 - New York City

InterContinental: Talks With Expedia Are Over

Despite a plea from Expedia Corporate Travel to restart negotiations with InterContinental Hotels, the latter has narrowed to 60 days its estimate on when its content will be pulled from Hotels.com, Expedia and ECT. Read More »
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Posted August 17, 2004 - New York City

Airline Owners In Talks On Amadeus

Shares in Madrid-based Amadeus rose more than 10 percent today following a Reuters report indicating that private equity firms are in talks to buy some portion of the global distribution system provider from its airline owners. Read More »
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Posted August 16, 2004 - New York City

InterContinental To Dump Expedia & ECT, Certifies Travelocity & TBiz

InterContinental Hotels Group today said that over the next three months, it will remove its inventory from InterActiveCorp units Expedia, Expedia Corporate Travel and Hotels.com, although a relationship with IAC's Hotwire site remains. IHG said it failed to come to terms with those distributors because 'they have no intention' of meeting IHG's standards on 'confusing and potentially unclear marketing practices,' the clear presentation to consumers of fees, respect for IHG's trademarks and guara Read More »
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Posted August 13, 2004 - New York City

TUI Shareholder Gets Bids In Possible Precursor To Navigant Deal

The Financial Times today reported that U.S. private equity firms have shown interest in buying 31 percent of TUI, the Hannover, Germany-based tourism giant that owns mega corporate travel agency TQ3 Travel Solutions. The stake is owned by Germany's Westdeutsche Landesbank (WestLB). 'We are not pressed for time and we will not sell at less than fair value,' a WestLB spokesperson told Reuters. Read More »
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Posted August 12, 2004 - New York City

Corp. Travel Distributors Grow In China

Britain's Hogg Robinson yesterday said the Ministry of Commerce in China approved its joint venture with Jin Jiang International, creating the first foreign majority-owned travel management company in the People's Republic. Hogg Robinson is joint partner with BCD Holdings of the Netherlands in the Business Travel International global travel management company, of which WorldTravel BTI in Atlanta is a major part. Read More »
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Posted August 11, 2004 - New York City

Worldspan Signs AA, Won't Lead In Cutting Agency Incentives

As it announced an agreement with American Airlines that will reduce revenues generated from that carrier in return for access to AA's publicly available fares, Atlanta-based Worldspan today said it will not be a leader in reducing the payments it and its competitors make to travel agency users of their global distribution systems. Read More »
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