Posted February 24, 2005 - New York City

G2: Orbitz Was Cooperative Before Cendant

It was only after Cendant Corp. bought Orbitz that the latter turned 'hostile' and its relationship with G2 Switchworks became 'acrimonious,' according to a complaint filed by G2 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Previously, G2 executives maintained 'cooperative,' separate relationships with Orbitz and Cendant in which they shared confidential business plans, according to the filing. Read More »
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Posted February 24, 2005 - New York City

Orbitz, G2 Battle In Court

Orbitz this week alleged that G2 Switchworks and most of its top executives committed tortious interference, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, civil conspiracy and fraud before and after they left Orbitz to join G2, in a complaint filed with the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Read More »
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Posted February 23, 2005 - New York City

TMCs Laud GetThere Pricing, Functionality Changes

Sabre's GetThere corporate online booking provider has slashed pricing for its midmarket software by upwards of 50 percent and improved the technology's functionality in an effort to boost its prospects among travel management company distributors. Read More »
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Posted February 22, 2005 - New York City

ECT Doubles, Gets ARC, Goes Offshore

Gross bookings volume handled by Expedia Corporate Travel doubled in the fourth quarter of 2004 compared with the same period a year earlier, following progressively higher growth rates each quarter of the year, officials said last week. Meanwhile, ECT has diversified its full-service configurations to include outsourced and offshore servicing--and is scheduled by the end of March to get its own ARC number to smooth supplier contracting. Read More »
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Posted February 17, 2005 - New York City

WRAP: Drawing Lines At Masters

In these months preceding the initial expiration of contracts between global distribution system providers and big network carriers, the industry's hottest topic surely is the ongoing assessment of value and competition in the GDS business. Co-hosted in Washington, DC by the National Business Travel Association, The Masters Program this week did not fail fuel this fire. Read More »
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Posted February 16, 2005 - Washington, DC

Analyst: Online Corp. New Entry Slow; GDSs Under Pressure

Growth for online-originating corporate travel agencies has not progressed as anticipated, according to Credit Suisse First Boston equity research analyst Scott Barry. Although figures that would help prove his point are not transparent, Barry cited the recent extension of Expedia Corporate Travel's profitability target and the lack of 'major contract wins [which] haven't come at the rate Wall Street would like to have seen.' Read More »
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Posted February 15, 2005 - New York City

Hertz Subtracts Res Fee

A Hertz Corporation official today said the company dropped plans revealed late last week to add a $2.50 per-reservation charge that would have been effective tomorrow. 'There were questions raised by our key accounts,' the spokesperson said. 'It's on indefinite hold.' Read More »
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Posted February 14, 2005 - New York City

Hertz Adds Res Fee

The Hertz Corporation late last week informed customers about a new $2.50 reservation-processing fee that applies to all rentals booked domestically for use in all but a handful of states. While there are eight states where laws prohibit such a fee, California law permits it on corporate rentals only. The fee does not apply to walk-up rentals. Read More »
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Posted February 11, 2005 - New York City

GDS Challengers Debate On Panel

Representatives of G2 Switchworks and ITA Software yesterday shared some details of their forthcoming technologies while participating in a lively discussion, centered on their emergence, at a meeting in Virginia of the Society of Government Travel Professionals. Read More »
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Posted February 11, 2005 - New York City

Pegasus In Hotel Booking Deals With Expedia, ITA Software

Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions has landed new deals to provide hotel booking connectivity to Expedia as well as ITA Software. As it readies its own public websites for independent property bookings, the company also is in talks on providing 'a number of airlines, primarily low-cost carriers, access to hotels on their websites,' said chairman, president and CEO John Davis earlier this week. Read More »
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