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TMC Exec To House: Coronavirus 'Devastating,' Businesses Failing

The impact of Covid-19 on travel demand is ravaging the U.S. travel agency sector, president of Maryland-based Safe Harbors Business Travel Jay Ellenby testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. The travel management company this week laid off a "significant" portion of its workforce and projected its March sales would plummet 50 percent year over year, Ellenby testified.
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Taptrip Is ATPI's First Startup Investment, Not Its Last

Travel agency operator ATPI Group last month took an equity stake and entered into a partnership with U.K.-based T&E tech startup Taptrip. It is the multinational travel management company's first investment in an early-stage startup, but won't be its last, ATPI chief innovation and technology officer Ali Hussain said in a recent interview.
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NuTravel Gets Carriers On Board For Multi-Airline Direct-Booking System

Following this year's investment from strategic partner ARC and Delta Air Lines' adoption of its technology to extend travel management features through direct channels, NuTravel now is advancing its Universal Connect multi-airline direct-booking system.
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Sabre Offers Familiar Concessions On Farelogix Deal

Sabre has proposed to the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority a package of behavioral remedies that fall short of the regulator's tentative decision to block its Farelogix acquisition. The remedies resemble commitments Sabre CEO Sean Menke last year made to airline executives and track closely to concessions Sabre offered to CMA before the U.K. regulator escalated its review.
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U.S. Extended Stay Market Sees Growth In Rates And Supply

U.S. Extended Stay Market Sees Growth In Rates And Supply
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Amadeus Flags 'Weak Industry Backdrop' In GDS Business

Industrywide global distribution system air bookings faced a "weak industry backdrop" and contracted worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2019, Amadeus reported on Friday. That was before the coronavirus outbreak and its still-evolving effects stifled travel demand further in the opening months of 2020.
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Coronavirus Dims Sabre's First-Quarter Revenue Outlook

Industry first-quarter global distribution system bookings to date have dropped in the "mid-teen" percentages as a result of the coronavirus, Sabre reported Wednesday, and the company expects to take a quarterly revenue hit of at least $100 million.
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Travelport Plots Two-Year Course To Single Distribution Platform

Travelport during the next two years "will be moving to a next-generation platform" that will deemphasize the legacy Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan global distribution system cores, CEO Greg Webb said in a Tuesday interview with The Beat.
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Air Ticket Refunds Spike For China Travel

Air Ticket Refunds Spike For China Travel
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BA Hikes, Expands European Corporate Card Surcharges, Blaming Higher Costs

British Airways this week raised some corporate card surcharges and introduced a variable-rate fee structure based on card scheme and market. Further, it has added Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands as markets where its corporate card surcharges apply.
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