Posted December 7, 2016

Travelport To Consolidate U.S. Tech Operations, Rationalize Tech Vendors

Travelport is consolidating U.S. technology operations, rationalizing tech vendors and cutting some positions through a program that, after completion in the next year-and-a-half, should deliver "annualized cost savings of approximately $19 million to $23 million," the company disclosed this week in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Read More »
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Posted December 6, 2016

DOT Delays Compliance Date For New Airline Bias Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation will give travel agencies a couple more months to comply with a new regulation that prohibits undisclosed biasing of airlines in online shopping displays. The rule was set to take effect this week, but DOT cited extension requests by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Airlines for America in its decision to shift the effective date to Feb. 15, 2017. Read More »
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Posted December 2, 2016

Lufthansa Angers Travel Agents Over Debit Memos On Unflown Returns

Some Dutch travel agents are refusing to accept what they said is a flurry of agency debit memos Lufthansa has issued in recent weeks on round-trip tickets where the return leg was unused by the passenger. Read More »
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Posted December 1, 2016

Sabre CEO Takes The Stand At Trial, Talks Tough Airline Negotiations

With roughly a month to go as Sabre's CEO, Tom Klein this week testified in the lawsuit his company is defending against US Airways. In a federal court in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, his testimony countered US Airways' characterizations of Sabre's market heft and outsize leverage with airlines. Read More »
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Posted November 29, 2016

HRG Eyes More Hands-On Role In Distribution, Teases 'New Service Model'

During Hogg Robinson Group's half-year conference call for investors today, chief executive David Radcliffe identified a "major opportunity out there at the moment," and that is HRG's role in distribution. Read More »
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Posted November 23, 2016

Judge Blocks New Labor Department Overtime Rule Opposed By ASTA

A U.S. Department of Labor rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of salaried workers, including many travel agents, has been blocked from taking effect on Dec. 1, according to a preliminary court injunction issued Tuesday. Read More »
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Posted November 18, 2016

HRS Adds OTA And GDS Content To Assure Best Price And Availability

In recent years, all three major global distribution systems, not to mention many leading travel management companies, have concluded they cannot offer customers enough hotels without piping in content from Germany's HRS. The self-styled "global hotel solutions" group's database offers rates directly from 300,000 properties, of which 180,000 are independents. Read More »
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Posted November 17, 2016

New DOT Airline Biasing Rule Extends To Corporate Channels, To An Extent

A U.S. Department of Transportation regulation taking effect Dec. 5 prohibits undisclosed biasing against airlines in online shopping displays. Against the wishes of some travel management companies, DOT extended the final rule to corporate travel channels. Read More »
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Posted November 11, 2016

VDR Petitions German Cartel Office To Review Prism And IATA Data Disclosures

German travel manager's association VDR submitted a formal petition to the country's federal cartel office alleging that data consolidators Prism and the International Air Transport Association "violate data protection and competition regulations in disclosing corporate data when booking flights," according to a VDR statement. Read More »
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Posted November 10, 2016

Flight Centre's Corporate Unit Taps Into Flight Disruption Startup Freebird

Flight Centre Travel Group's corporate travel division partnered to incorporate Freebird's flight disruption and rebooking service as an option for customers in the United States. Read More »
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