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GUEST: It's Time To Slay The SLA In TMC Deals, Writes Andy Menkes

Drawing on decades of experience as a travel buyer, travel management company executive and consultant, Partnership Travel Consulting founder and CEO Andy Menkes argues it's time to rethink service-level agreements in TMC contracts.
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Former Sabre Exec Sentenced For Defrauding Company

A onetime Sabre executive who had pleaded guilty to committing wire fraud against his former employer was sentenced this month to 180 days in prison and five years' probation and ordered to pay more than $5 million in restitution.
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Gallup Poll Shows Rising Public Support For Air Travel Vaccine Requirement

Gallup Poll Shows Rising Public Support For Air Travel Vaccine Requirement
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Polls Close Next Week For The Beat Live Keynote, Readers' Choice Awards

Voting remains open to determine the featured keynote speaker at this year's The Beat Live event and also to select the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards.
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Flight Centre's Equity Investments Bear Fruit In New SMB Platform

Flight Centre Travel Group's Corporate Traveler brand this week launched a new proprietary booking, travel management and mobile platform geared toward small and midsize businesses.
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Finnair Plans Booking Surcharge, NDC-Only Content On Path To Ditch EDIFACT

As part of a revamped strategy, Finnair in July 2022 will begin levying a €12 per-way surcharge on EDIFACT bookings at European points of sale and will pull its lowest-tier Light fares from such channels and pipe its "best" content to the trade solely through New Distribution Capability connections, according to the carrier.
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As Upside Winds Down, Partners Adjust And Competitors Raid

As business travel agency and booking tech provider Upside Business Travel winds down operations, its partner TravelBank has gained some new business on referral, while TripActions has seized on an erstwhile competitor's demise and Omega World Travel has migrated customers on Upside-backed tech to other booking options.
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Most U.S. Business Travelers Expect To Ratchet Up Through '22

Most U.S. Business Travelers Expect To Ratchet Up Through '22

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CWT's Debt-Busting Recapitalization To See Carlson Shed Majority Stake

Saddled with $1.5 billion in debt and navigating a corporate travel recovery burdened by a stubborn pandemic, CWT CEO Michelle McKinney Frymire has made the company's capital structure a top priority since taking the helm in May.
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Lufthansa Inks Travelport To NDC Deal With 'Public' And 'Bilateral' Options

Lufthansa Group and Travelport on Tuesday announced a new distribution agreement, which, like Lufthansa's 2020 deal with Sabre, makes available through the global distribution system operator two New Distribution Capability-hooked commercial models for agencies.
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