Posted August 14, 2017

BCD, CWT To Launch Mobile Air Booking As TMCs Evolve Role In Mobile Transactions

Carlson Wagonlit Travel plans to introduce full airline shopping and booking capabilities within its CWT To Go app later this year. BCD Travel, too, confirmed mobile "air booking in TripSource is in development." Those megas are among several travel management companies evolving their mobile wares to include further booking capabilities. If the first generation of TMC apps were informational and focused on itinerary management, the next is increasingly transactional. Read More »
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Posted August 11, 2017

ARC Data Show Corporate Trip Volumes Up In The First Half Of 2017

The number of trips settled through ARC by business travel agencies and accredited Corporate Travel Departments rose 2.4 percent year over year during the first six months of 2017. Read More »
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Posted August 10, 2017

Adelman Wades Into Unmanaged Waters With Small Business Offering

Milwaukee-based travel management company Adelman plans to launch an out-of-the box offering for small businesses to transition from unmanaged to managed travel. Read More »
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Posted August 8, 2017

Amex GBT Uses KDS Tech To Get At Non-GDS Content

American Express Global Business Travel is making use of aggregation technology it acquired from KDS last year to bring in content that does not reside in global distribution systems, beginning with hotels. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Travelport Confirms Slow GDS Market For Q2

The global distribution system market was slow going for Amadeus and Sabre during the second quarter, but each reported slight growth in bookings. It was slower still for Travelport, which reported no growth of reported segments—including air, car and hotel bookings—processed through its GDSs on a year-over-year basis. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2017

Delta To 'Lean In' To GDSs, Renews Full Content Deal With Travelport

Delta Air Lines has renewed its full content agreement with Travelport "on a long-term basis," the global distribution system operator announced Thursday. Read More »
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Posted August 1, 2017

Sabre Will Cut Headcount By 9 Percent

Sabre disclosed plans to reduce global headcount by 9 percent to achieve $110 million in annual cost savings. The global distribution system operator and travel IT company is "reorganizing certain functions, reducing layers of management and lowering costs to enable a more nimble, faster moving and focused organization," the company disclosed Tuesday as it reported second-quarter financial results. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2017

Amadeus: GDS Air Bookings Slowed In Second Quarter

Worldwide airline bookings transacted on the Amadeus global distribution system rose 2 percent year over year to 141 million during the second quarter, slowing sharply from the first quarter's 9 percent year-over-year growth rate. Read More »
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Posted July 27, 2017

Altour To Merge With Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group and Altour agreed to a merger and will "unite under common ownership to form a single, powerhouse travel agency organization with nearly $24 billion in annual sales," the companies announced. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval. Read More »
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Posted July 27, 2017

Agency Automation Provider Tramada Lands Tower Travel In U.S. Push

Illinois-based travel management company Tower Travel is rolling out cloud-based technology from agency automation firm Tramada Systems to support multi-GDS profile management and travel accounting. Read More »
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