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Save The Date For The Beat Live 2019

Please mark your calendar to join over 125 of the most influential travel industry executives at The Beat Live, taking place Sept. 17-19, 2019, at the InterContinental New York Times Square.

Court Tosses Suit Between Hotel Commission Recovery Firms

A U.S. district court in New York dismissed all remaining claims this month in the dispute between hotel commission recovery specialists and one-time partners eCommission Solutions and CTS Systems.

Expedia Sues United Over Plan To Cut Access To Content, Egencia Spared From Dispute

In a redacted complaint filed Monday and released for public viewing on Tuesday, Expedia sued United Airlines, alleging the airline plans to breach the terms of their contract "in a brazen attempt to force Expedia to renegotiate the agreement's economic terms, with which United is unsatisfied."

And The First NDC-Certified TMC Is … W Travel

New York-based W Travel this month staked its claim as the first corporate travel management company to achieve New Distribution Capability certification from the International Air Transport Association.

Cash Flowing, Startups Growing In A Big Year For Corporate Travel Venture Funding

A few years ago, startups going explicitly after the corporate travel market were few and far between. Now, the number of new entrants and tech providers entering is growing, and so is the sum of venture capital behind them.

Consultant Andy Menkes Heads To BCD In Newly Formed Role

Longtime corporate travel consultant, decorated former travel buyer, former travel agency leader and occasional airline executive Andy Menkes took a position at BCD Travel as SVP of global client solutions, a new role for the mega travel management company. He starts Monday, reporting to BCD Travel COO and president of the Americas Mike Janssen.

Corporate Bundles Are Next Up In American Airlines' NDC Journey

American Airlines plans to test negotiated corporate bundles this year with clients of travel management companies that connect to the airline through an International Air Transport Association New Distribution Capability connection.

THIS WEEK

Judge Tosses 10 Of 12 Claims In Stevens Vs. Tzell Lawsuit

A New York state judge this month tossed 10 of the 12 claims that former travel agency owner Harold Stevens alleged in a lawsuit against Tzell Travel and its parent Travel Leaders Group. However, the judge overseeing the suit in the New York State Supreme Court for Ulster County will allow breach of contract and accounting claims to proceed.

Delta Cuts Upfront Commissions For Some Preferred Agencies

Several agency sources said Delta this week cut front-end U.S. point-of-sale incentives on international tickets for multiple agencies.