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Reinventing Itself Under Bankruptcy, SAS Readies A Novel Distribution Model

Scandinavian Airlines plans to launch in March a new distribution model in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the airline announced to agencies this week. The airline's spin on the so-called "wholesale" model will see it pay agencies tiered upfront commissions for sales but claw back distribution costs it incurs on an agency's behalf, like for global distribution system bookings.
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Announcing The Beat Live Keynote Winner, The Views Panel

The readers of The Beat have selected T2RL co-CEO Cory Garner to deliver the keynote address at The Beat Live.
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TripActions Reportedly Files For 'Confidential' IPO. What Is That, Anyway?

Travel management and technology company TripActions has filed confidential paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that could launch in the first half of next year, Business Insider reported this week.
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Last Call To Vote For The Beat Live Keynote, Most-Admired Suppliers

The deadline to pick the featured keynote speaker at The Beat Live and to choose the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards is fast approaching. Don't forget to cast your vote before we close our polls at the end of the day Friday, Sept. 30.
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CBRE Projects Average Daily Rate For U.S. Hotels To Rise

CBRE Projects Average Daily Rate To Rise
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Costs, Benefits Murky For DOT's Proposed Ancillary Fee Regulation

Airlines, travel agencies and travel tech companies will face additional costs if the U.S. Department of Transportation finalizes a newly proposed ancillary fee regulation. Dollar-cost estimates for industry compliance, however, are not to be found in a cost-benefit analysis that DOT's general counsel office released this week.
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DOT's Draft Ancillary Fee Rules Open Questions On TMC, GDS Applicability

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday issued long-in-the-works proposed rules on ancillary fee disclosures. The rulemaking, if finalized, would require airlines and travel agencies to disclose during the booking process passenger-specific fees for first-checked, second-checked and carry-on bags, as well as ticket change and cancellation fees.
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With Aggregator In The Fold, FCM Strikes Open Tone On Qantas NDC Moves

Flight Centre Travel Group-owned multinational FCM wrote it has "invested heavily in NDC capability and we are at the forefront of NDC adoption."
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TripActions Reports Month-Over-Month Travel Spending Surge In August

TripActions Travel Spending In August
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Travelport Signals No Agency Incentives, 'Content Charge' For NDC Bookings

New Distribution Capability reservations made on Travelport's systems will not be counted as eligible segments for agency incentives, according to the global distribution system operator's subscriber agreement, updated this month.
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