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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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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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Share Of 2020 Air Tickets Changed By Quarter

Share Of 2020 Air Tickets Changed By Quarter
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From Entrant To Exit: Corporate Travel Startups Find Shelter In Covid's Storm

American Express Global Business Travel's acquisition last Thursday of messaging-based agency automation player 30SecondsToFly is the latest corporate travel startup acquisition inked in Covid-19's wake. In recent years, a sizable crop of tech startups, many backed by venture capital, entered the corporate travel market to disrupt, digitize or deliver new concepts to a field dominated by legacy tech and entrenched players. Hastened by the pandemic, exits this year have been common.
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Judge Rules In Wex's Favor On 'Central' Preliminary Issue In eNett Acquisition Litigation

A U.K. court has sided with payments company Wex on the key preliminary issue in ongoing litigation over its planned back-out of a January agreement to buy eNett and Optal for $1.7 billion.
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GUEST: Festive Road's Krau On Demonstrating Online Booking Tool Value

In the Covid-19 era and beyond, online booking tools need to rethink service delivery across the three Cs: content, customer experience and control, writes Festive Road's Aurélie Krau.
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Introducing The Beat Live Webinar Series, Virtual Event

While we're unable to meet in person as we have for the past 12 years, our 13th annual The Beat Live will go virtual on Dec. 10. We are pleased to also announce The Beat Live webinar series, which kicks off this month in the run-up to December's virtual forum.
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