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Sabre Braces For DOJ To Challenge Farelogix Deal, Plows Ahead

Sabre announced it will proceed to close its acquisition of Farelogix next week, but it faces a potential suit by the U.S. Department of Justice that could challenge the transaction. DOJ has yet to file a federal complaint and did not immediately reply to The Beat to comment on its plans. Yet, Sabre on Wednesday noted that DOJ, "under the terms of its timing agreement with Sabre," must file a federal complaint by Aug. 21 if it elects to challenge the acquisition.
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CWT Is Kicking Cryptic Desktops Like An Old Habit

The legacy cryptic global distribution system interfaces used by frontline travel agents are regularly met with derision and confusion. If these text-based, monochromatic screens look like a prior generation's technology, it's because they are.
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Don't Forget To Register For The Beat Live, Less Than Six Weeks Away

The Beat Live is right around the corner and kicks off in less than six weeks in New York City.
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Traveler Survey Results That Travel Buyers Share With Their Companies' Internal Stakeholders

Traveler Survey Results That Travel Buyers Share With Their Companies' Internal Stakeholders
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Southwest's GDS Deals Get Thumbs-Up From TMCs

Many airlines seek to drive more bookings directly to their own channels and bandy about New Distribution Capability as the future of distribution connectivity. Southwest Airlines, whose direct-booking share is enviable to other airlines, is zigging while they zag.
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BCD Travel Buys Adelman, One Of Its Largest TMC Affiliates

BCD Travel has acquired Adelman Travel Group. The Milwaukee‐based travel management company will operate as a wholly owned business unit of the mega TMC while maintaining its brand, leadership and employees. After months of negotiations, BCD and Adelman completed the deal last Wednesday.
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Gant Travel's Homegrown Virtual Assistant Now Booking Air By Chat

After shopping around and demoing bot builders, Gant tapped internal resources and tools readily available—including from its customer relationship management platform, Salesforce—to breathe life into Gia, the Gant Interactive Assistant.
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Farelogix Deal In Purgatory As North America Keeps Sabre Q2 GDS Bookings Afloat

Sabre's pending acquisition of Farelogix remains under review by regulators more than eight months after the two companies agreed to a deal.
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CWT's Predicted Airfare Changes From 2019 To 2020

CWT's Predicted Airfare Changes From 2019 To 2020
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Amadeus: Marketwide GDS Air Bookings Contract In Second Quarter

Amadeus reported worldwide air bookings processed by the three major global distribution system operators contracted year over year in the second quarter.
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