Posted April 16, 2005 - Bangkok

United Loses 'GNE' Guy To ITA Amid Distribution Slashing

United Airlines this week stated that it intends by 2007 to shave $100 million from its budget for 'global distribution system, GDS-like and similar transaction fees, commissions and incentives,' according to a spokesperson. But the carrier will continue that program without the services of distribution strategy director Derek Lewitton, whose last day at the airline is April 15. Read More »
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Posted April 14, 2005 - Shanghai

After Sale, Hogg Robinson To Enhance Travel Focus

Possibly helping spark a change in the ownership structure of mega travel management company Business Travel International, BTI half-owner and British corporate services company Hogg Robinson yesterday said it signed an agreement for the sale of its non-travel assets. Read More »
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Posted April 14, 2005 - Shanghai

Partners In China: Amex, TravelSky Launch Online Tool With Motorola

American Express and Chinese global distribution system provider TravelSky today signed a three-year partnership in advance of new GDS entry in China, and the pair announced a new corporate online booking solution for China-based business travelers. Read More »
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Posted April 11, 2005 - New York City

TQ3 Buys Into Navigant

TQ3 Travel Solutions of Germany over the past two months acquired 9 percent of Navigant International's shares and could take the stake up to 14.9 percent, TQ3 disclosed today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Navigant's shares rose more than 11 percent in morning trading. Read More »
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Posted April 8, 2005 - New York City

Australia's FCm Making American Move

Australian travel management company FCm is intent on identifying by the end of this quarter a corporate agency in the Eastern United States to partner with or acquire as part of its bid to become one of the world's major global travel management companies. Read More »
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Posted April 7, 2005 - New York City

Ryanair, easyJet Diverge On Distribution

Despite a shared distaste for global distribution systems and website usage that eclipses 96 percent for both, easyJet and Ryanair have very different perspectives when it comes to corporate-travel distribution. EasyJet is allowing web-based booking connections by Business Travel International and, soon, other travel management companies, but Ryanair couldn't care less about business travelers. Read More »
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Posted April 6, 2005 - New York City

Delisting Notice Ends Rise In Navigant Shares

Navigant International's share price took a ride over the past week that ended yesterday when the company said it received notice that its stock could be delisted from the Nasdaq because Navigant is late in filing its annual report. Read More »
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Posted April 5, 2005 - New York City

Cendant Keeping Corp. Travel On GDS, Gets Air Deals

The Orbitz Supplier Link air-booking connection that bypasses global distribution systems will likely remain a leisure-travel solution for Orbitz owner Cendant, said an official who has been securing airline deals for clients of Cendant's corporate travel management divisions. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2005 - New York City

Agencies Enjoying Improved Hotel Commission Processing

Marriott International next month will join several other chains including Adam's Mark, Hilton and Omni in utilizing Pegasus Solutions' new weekly travel agency commission processing service, implemented yesterday. Travel agencies traditionally received payments from hotels on a monthly basis. Read More »
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Posted March 31, 2005 - New York City

Corp. Agencies Sign Extended GDS Deals

Corporate travel agencies Short's Travel Management of Overland Park, KS and New York-based Tzell Travel have signed five-year global distribution system deals with Cendant and Sabre, respectively, the companies announced today. Read More »
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