Posted June 7, 2017

Sabre Downplays Impact Of BA, Iberia Surcharges On Its Own Business

Late last month, Sabre stated that it was disappointed to see British Airways and Iberia initiate a surcharge on global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1, and to "impose costs and inconvenience for those using the GDS channel." Read More »
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Posted June 6, 2017

GDSs Elongate Travel Agency Deal Cycles

When Sabre went public in 2014, it disclosed that global distribution contracts with major travel agencies lasted three to five years on average. Fast-forward to this year, Sabre's major travel agency customers "typically" contract for five to 10 years, according to its latest annual report. Read More »
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Posted June 2, 2017

NuTravel, Interplx Cozy Up For Joint T&E Proposition

Corporate booking system provider NuTravel and expense system operator Interplx have formed a joint venture that will offer integrated booking and expense as well as joint pricing, contracting and servicing for travel management company resellers. Read More »
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Posted June 1, 2017

Egencia Rethinks Agent Hiring And Training To Cultivate 'Tech-Savvy Millennials'

Knowing well that the next generation of travel agents won't look like the current one, Expedia-owned travel management company Egencia has adopted a program to attract and train a younger demographic of frontline counselors. Read More »
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Posted May 30, 2017

Addressing Some Pressing Questions On IAG's GDS Surcharge

Long rumored to be in the works, International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia last week announced plans to surcharge global distribution system bookings, effective Nov. 1. The fee comes to £8 or US$10 per "fare component," generally defined as a one-way ticket or half a round-trip. Below are answers to some questions that have arisen since IAG formalized its plans. They include reactions from industry stakeholders, IAG's path ahead, ways for bookers to avoid the proposed GDS surcharge and some context relative to Lufthansa Group's initiative, which turns two-years-old this week. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

Sabre Takes A Hit As Air Berlin's Restructuring Halts PSS Migration

Sabre will record a charge on its books of up $100 million in relation to the termination of a contract with Air Berlin, whose planned migration to the SabreSonic passenger services system had been sidelined as the carrier restructures. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
Posted May 25, 2017

Reed & Mackay Expands Through M&A And Partners, Private Equity At Its Back

In August 2016, private equity firm Inflexion invested in London-based travel management company Reed & Mackay to drive organic growth, fund acquisitions and expand internationally. In the months that followed, the TMC made good on a couple of agency deals, including the acquisition of Chicago's Gray's Travel Management, and has more in the pipeline. Reed & Mackay also recently repositioned its network of international TMC partners and plans closer cooperation with them. Read More »
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Posted May 24, 2017

HRG Acquires German Booking Platform, Advances Direct Distribution Strategy

Girding for a shakeup in the way major airlines distribute content to the corporate market, travel management company HRG is advancing efforts to facilitate direct connections between airlines and corporate clients. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen with reporting by Jay Boehmer | More by Amon Cohen
Posted May 19, 2017

Travelport Launches Two BI Tools For Agencies

Travelport has launched two business intelligence products for travel agencies aimed at evaluating operational performance and managing deals with suppliers. Read More »
Posted by: Amon Cohen | More by Amon Cohen
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