Posted August 16, 2016

World Travel Becomes First Travel Company To Join Privacy Shield Data Protection Framework

Travel management company World Travel has become the first business in the travel sector to appear on the U.S. government's list of companies that have joined the European Union-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. U.S. companies adhering to Privacy Shield self-certify they are transferring personal data of European Union citizens to the United States in compliance with EU law. The European Commission approved the framework on July 12. It succeeds Safe Harbor, which the European Court of Justice ruled invalid in 2015. Read More »
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Posted August 12, 2016

Travelport Continues Long March To Smartpoint Adoption

For several years, Travelport has worked to move agency subscribers from the legacy cryptic desktop environment to its next-generation Smartpoint application. The process has had its share of hiccups, but a couple corporate travel management companies are vouching for the cutover after making the shift in the past year. Others have been slower to adopt. Read More »
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Posted August 4, 2016

Travelport Grows, Diversifies Revenue Amid Flat Q2 Bookings

Travelport reported flat year-over-year booking trends for the three months ending June 30, with declines in the United States and gains generally elsewhere, according to second-quarter results released Thursday. As in quarters past, the global distribution system operator continued to offset no-growth transaction trends with higher revenue per segment and big gains in "Beyond Air" revenue, which includes payments as well as hotel and car streams. Read More »
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Posted August 3, 2016

Lufthansa Calls Distribution Strategy A 'Success' As Direct Bookings Grow

Lufthansa Group chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr this week told investors that the airline group's controversial distribution strategy, which includes a €16 surcharge on global distribution system bookings, "is a success." Read More »
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Posted August 2, 2016

Sabre's GDS Booking Growth Slows In Second Quarter

Calling global corporate demand "a little bit soft," Sabre CEO Tom Klein during an earnings call Tuesday said organic global distribution system booking growth slowed during the second quarter, and geopolitical issues and terrorist events have compounded booking stagnancy. Read More »
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Posted July 29, 2016

Beating Expectations, Amadeus Grows Q2 GDS Air Share But Holds 2016 Guidance Amid Uncertainty

Amadeus' global distribution system air bookings during the second quarter rose nearly 8 percent year over year to 138 million, outpacing the marketwide GDS air booking growth rate of 4 percent. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2016

Uber's Former TMC Alleges Breach Of Contract In Lawsuit

Dallas-based travel management company Travel Solutions International on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against former client Uber, seeking nearly $2 million in damages for the transportation network's alleged breach of contract, among other claims. Read More »
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Posted July 28, 2016

As It Moves On From E-Travel, Amadeus Positions 'End-To-End' T&E

Just as Sabre is repositioning its corporate travel assets and reinvigorating its push in self-booking, mobile tools and other business travel areas, so too is global distribution rival Amadeus. Read More »
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Posted July 25, 2016

ARC Data: Business Trip Volumes Dip In Q2

The number of business trips settled through ARC during the second quarter fell 1 percent year over year. Read More »
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Posted July 21, 2016

Sabre Rethinks Its Corporate Travel Assets With Integrated Platform Plan

Sabre has Concur in its sights as it pulls together a mobile-focused corporate offering that brings GetThere's booking capabilities into TripCase, folds in virtual payment capabilities, widens the door to third-party developers, provides deeper ties to expense partners and puts it all in what the company calls a "consumer-grade" wrapper. Read More »
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