Posted February 9, 2017

More TMCs Certify Under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

More than half a dozen travel management companies have certified under the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield framework since the program went live last summer. Read More »
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Posted February 7, 2017

Sabre Fourth-Quarter GDS Bookings Rebound, Job Cuts Underway

Following a sluggish third quarter, Sabre reported that global distribution booking volume improved to close the year, and the company offered a mostly sunny outlook for booking trends in 2017. Sean Menke, addressing quarterly earnings for the first time since he became CEO in December, during an earnings call today touched on the US Airways verdict and a few strategic priorities, including system stability. The company's fourth-quarter earnings release also addressed job cuts underway. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017

Concur Embarks On Message Bot With Slack Integration

Concur is beta testing a bot with group messaging system Slack that can support simple T&E tasks via a conversational interface. It marks the beginning of Concur's foray into the buzzed about world of messaging interfaces and bots. Read More »
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Posted February 1, 2017

CWT CEO Ekert Talks Strategy, Tech Investment, Hotel Solutions And Cuts

Last April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel appointed Travelport vet Kurt Ekert as CEO. After nine months on the job, he has retooled the organization, including a revamped executive team, and embarked on a refreshed strategy. Read More »
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Posted January 31, 2017

Incoming CEO: ATPCO Modernizing To Keep Pace With Airline Distribution

As he becomes CEO of fare-filing giant ATPCO this week, Rolf Purzer says airline distribution is changing rapidly, and ATPCO must change with it. Read More »
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Posted January 27, 2017

Court Exhibits From Sabre Flesh Out Airline Conspiracy Claims

In 2013, Sabre filed heavily redacted counterclaims against US Airways alleging the airline colluded with competing carriers on dealings with global distribution systems. The claims never proceeded as part of their years-long antitrust lawsuit, which landed a verdict in the airline's favor last month. Read More »
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Posted January 24, 2017

TripActions Launches 'All-In-One' Travel Booking And Management Tech

After a year of testing and client pilots, Bay Area corporate travel startup TripActions is officially launching. TripActions bills its offering as "all-in-one travel management technology" that provides travelers with booking and in-trip mobile technology, a rewards system for beating budgets and offline agent support. For client companies, TripActions promises simple, all-inclusive pricing, policy management, the ability to load discounts, data reporting and savings. Read More »
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Posted January 23, 2017

Airlines' Instructions For Basic Economy: Suppress Sales Or Divulge Restrictions

As they join Delta Air Lines in selling their own stripped down Basic Economy fares, American Airlines this month and United Airlines last month issued guidance to travel management companies and corporate clients on distributing the new low-cost but heavily restricted options. Read More »
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Posted January 20, 2017

ARC Data Show Uneven Corporate Trip Volumes In Q4

The number of trips processed by business travel agencies and settled through ARC during the fourth quarter fell 2.6 percent year over year. The quarter was jagged, with a year-over-year decline in trip volume in October, a year-over-year uptick in November and another fall in December. Despite unevenness in the ARC figures, major U.S. airlines said business travel demand strengthened after the U.S. presidential election and continued into 2017. Read More »
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Posted January 19, 2017

New Ovation Sales Program Courts VIPs Served By Other TMCs

Ovation Corporate Travel launched a new sales program and service offering to handle VIP travelers for accounts served by other travel management companies. Read More »
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