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CTM Acquires Agency Automation Provider Tramada

Australia-based Corporate Travel Management has followed up its deal to acquire Travel and Transport with another acquisition of a different shape and size, confirming Thursday it bought agency automation software provider Tramada Systems, also based in Australia.
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Concerns Mount Over Europe's Strong Customer Authentication Deadline

Increased anti-fraud verification of electronic card payments, known as Strong Customer Authentication, on Dec. 31 will come into force across the European Economic Area. But the travel and payment industries look less than prepared.
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Submit Your Pitch To Speak At The Beat Live 2020

An annual tradition at The Beat Live, now in its 13th year and airing in a virtual format on Dec. 10, is our call for speaker submissions, open to anyone who wishes to deliver a keynote address on any topic. Readers will vote on their favorite pitches to choose who delivers an address.
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U.K.'s BTA Eyes Industry Standards, Definitions In TMC Model Review

The United Kingdom-based Business Travel Association this month kicked off a consultation with buyers and agencies with a plan to set industry standards around the service structures and pricing models that govern relationships between travel management companies and corporate clients.
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BCD Wins U.S. Army Award, Incumbent CWTSato Protests

BCD Travel won a task order for the U.S. Army's travel business in mid-September, the travel management company confirmed, but it now is under a "stop work order" pending an award protest by incumbent CWTSatoTravel, the government travel division of CWT.
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When Travelers Expect To Take Their Next Business Trip

When Travelers Expect To Take Their Next Business Trip
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Ovation Becomes First Travel Agency To Secure U.S. Treasury Department Loan

Ovation Travel Group last week agreed to take a $20 million loan from the U.S. Treasury Department, making it the first travel agency to borrow under an aviation industry lending program established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
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The Beat Live Webinar Series

Join The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer, as he hosts a series of webinars leading up to the 13th annual The Beat Live virtual event on December 10. Register once to access all 4 webinars.

Register here for The Beat Live’s four-part webinar series:

Monday, Oct. 26, 12 pm Eastern
Interview: CTM North America CEO Maureen Brady/ Travel and Transport CEO Kevin O'Malley

Australia-based Corporate Travel Management inked a blockbuster deal to acquire Travel and Transport to form the world's fifth-largest travel management company. Leaders from both companies join us for a live 45-minute discussion on their merger and next steps.

Monday, Nov. 9, 1 pm Eastern
Interview: American Express Global Business Travel CEO Paul Abbott

American Express Global Business Travel CEO Paul Abbott joins The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer for a 45-minute interview, as the world's largest travel management company navigates through and beyond a topsy-turvy 2020.

Monday, Nov. 16, 12 pm Eastern
The Post-Election Policy Landscape

This 60-minute panel discussion brings together representatives from various travel trade bodies to discuss the legislative, policy and advocacy landscape. Panelists to be announced.

Monday, Oct. 19, 12 pm Eastern (Replay On Demand)
Interview: Travelport CEO Greg Webb

Travelport CEO Greg Webb fields questions from The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer in a 45-minute live interview that will tackle the present and future of corporate travel distribution and the global distribution system operator's role in it.

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American, Sabre Settle GDS Deal Renewal, But Not Ongoing Litigation

If anyone was bracing for American Airlines and Sabre to sign a model-changing distribution deal that reshapes their long-term, co-dependent and occasionally contentious relationship, Thursday's announcement of a renewal signaled something else entirely: status quo.
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ATPCO CEO To Retire, Distribution Maverick Alex Zoghlin To Take Reins

ATPCO CEO Rolf Purzer will retire at the end of the year, and newly appointed successor Alex Zoghlin on Jan. 1 will take the helm, ATPCO announced Thursday.
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