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Less Than Zero: Amadeus' GDS Revenue Goes Negative As Cancellations Outstrip New Bookings

Daily airline bookings through the Amadeus global distribution system this month have been trending down between 75 percent and 80 percent year over year. This is an improvement from the abysmal trends the company's GDS unit experienced in the second quarter, in which cancellations outstripped new bookings and revenue went into negative territory.
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GDSs Decline To Join Major Tech Companies In 'Transparency Reporting'

"The FBI Is Secretly Using A $2 Billion Travel Company As A Global Surveillance Tool," blared a Forbes headline this month. The company in question was Sabre, which this week snapped back at what it called a "highly speculative article." Still, neither Sabre nor its global distribution system competitors have embraced the practice of regularly disclosing the extent to which they cooperate with government bodies and law enforcement on requests for customer data.
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JTB's Model Blends Fixed Annual TMC Fees And Channel-Agnostic Support

JTB Business Travel isn't alone in advocating a shift away from transactional pricing. Yet, the model it advocates blends fixed annual client fees with traveler support regardless of where they book, placing the TMC in outlier territory.
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How Travel Buyers Expect Prices To Change From Pre-Pandemic Levels

How Travel Buyers Expect Prices To Change From Pre-Pandemic Levels
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Southwest Closes Door On Sabre Talks: 'They're Challenging To Work With'

Southwest Airlines at year-end will stop participating in the feature-light basic booking request distribution model it has deployed with Sabre, the carrier said this week. During an earnings call Thursday, Southwest president Tom Nealon said the airline no longer is engaged in talks with Sabre after two years of fruitless attempts to reach a new distribution pact.
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Travelport Reaches Standstill Agreement With Lenders, Buying Time To Resolve Dispute

Travelport this week reached a standstill agreement that would keep lenders from imminently accelerating billions of dollars in debt repayment or taking other actions that could devastate the global distribution system operator.
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Court Ruling Threatens U.S. Companies' Ability To Import European Traveler Data

Travel companies that store data on European citizens in the United States are potentially on the wrong side of European law after the European Union Court of Justice last week invalidated Privacy Shield, a much-used mechanism for protecting EU-U.S. data transfers, and effectively threatened to scotch another: standard contractual clauses.
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Travel Managers Face Challenges On Travel's Return

Travel Managers Face Challenges On Travel's Return
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Despite Deal's Demise, Courts Wrestling With Sabre-Farelogix Repercussions

Sabre may have walked away from its proposed acquisition of Farelogix after U.K. authorities blocked its closing, but the global distribution system operator since has been engaged in lingering disputes rooted in the deal.
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Pre-Trip Approval Gains Prominence Amid Pandemic

Since the onslaught of Covid-19, companies have exerted more control over employee travel: who can, under what circumstances, where they can go, or if they're allowed to at all. Travel freezes, aside from trips deemed "essential," have become common. So, too, has a tighter embrace of pre-trip approval processes and polices. If not ubiquitous, pre-trip approval is a new normal in managed travel.
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