Posted September 8, 2016

Judge Bars Some Testimony, Evidence From Next Month's US Airways-Sabre Trial

The federal antitrust lawsuit US Airways filed five years ago against Sabre is bound for trial next month, and the judge presiding over the proceedings has limited the scope of what will be presented before a jury, according to several orders issued in the past two months. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted September 7, 2016

Serko Sees Early Interest In Integrated Small Business Offering, Plots Expansion

New Zealand-based corporate travel and expense technology provider Serko is reporting that its new platform has garnered early interest in launch markets Australia and New Zealand. CEO Darrin Grafton is plotting an expansion of the integrated travel management technology platform for small and midsize businesses to other markets, including the United States. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 31, 2016

U.S. DOT Pushes Ancillary Fee Requirements To A Later Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Transportation has divided its long-awaited Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections III rulemaking into three separate proceedings, passing off a contentious provision on ancillary fee disclosures into a later batch of rules that likely won't be considered until the next presidential administration. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 30, 2016

Amex GBT To Buy KDS In Pursuit Of 'End-to-End Experience'

American Express Global Business Travel agreed to acquire France-based booking and expense provider KDS. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the mega travel management company expects to complete the transaction in the fourth quarter. Read More »
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Posted August 29, 2016

Judge Tosses 10 Of 12 Claims In Stevens Vs. Tzell Lawsuit

A New York state judge this month tossed 10 of the 12 claims that former travel agency owner Harold Stevens alleged in a lawsuit against Tzell Travel and its parent Travel Leaders Group. However, the judge overseeing the suit in the New York State Supreme Court for Ulster County will allow breach of contract and accounting claims to proceed. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 26, 2016

After Scaling Up And Integrating, CTM Says It Has 'Arrived' In U.S. Market

After a slow first half of its fiscal year in the United States, Australia-based travel management company Corporate Travel Management got a boost from its Montrose Travel acquisition, client wins and a stabilization after spending declines from energy clients. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 24, 2016

As CTDs Spread, Opportunities (And Challenges) Increase

ARC's Corporate Travel Department accreditation is nearing its second decade of existence, and the number of CTDs still is increasing steadily. But buyers from these companies face a gauntlet of industry changes perhaps more complex than ever before, from the continual and sometimes rapid change in distribution and technological development to difficulties in finding the personnel to sufficiently staff the operation. Read More »
Posted by: Chris Davis | More by Chris Davis
Posted August 23, 2016

New Amex GBT CEO Anderson Talks New Role, Acquisitions And Growth Plans

When Doug Anderson departed Carlson Wagonlit Travel as CEO four months ago, the travel management company announced he was "leaving to pursue other opportunities." As it turns out, the opportunity he landed was as CEO of CWT's mega rival American Express Global Business Travel. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted August 17, 2016

U.S. Corporate Travel Players Weigh Options For Complying With EU Data Protection Rules

Keeping compliant with the European Union's tough personal data privacy laws used to be straightforward. The EU exercises stricter data privacy laws than the United States. That's why it also has rules ensuring that transfers of data about its citizens across the Atlantic must comply with its more stringent standards. Meanwhile, many of the corporate travel industry's dominant service providers, and thus their primary data servers, are based in the United States. They import data about individuals—including names, employers, where the employees travel and credit card details—from Europe on a daily basis, and under a framework called Safe Harbor, U.S. companies could declare they transferred data in a compliant manner. Read More »
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Posted August 16, 2016

Hotels See Rise In Loyalty Memberships, Direct Bookings But Aren't Stealing Much From OTAs

Hotel loyalty member discount rates are taking booking share away from online travel agencies—at least that's what hoteliers would have you believe. In earnings calls for the three months ending June 30, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, InterContinental Hotels Group and Hyatt Hotels Corp. talked up the rise in bookings through their direct online and mobile channels that has resulted from special loyalty member discounts for booking direct. Read More »
Posted by: Julie Sickel | More by Julie Sickel
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