Travelport veteran Scott Hyden is departing the global distribution system operator to join Carlson Wagonlit Travel's nascent RoomIt division next week. Travelport confirmed his departure, and CWT confirmed his arrival.
With a recent round of seed funding, Shep is finding its footing in business travel. The Austin-based startup has built a browser extension, compatible with Google Chrome, that tracks traveler interactions on public travel websites, highlights in-policy options and pulls in booking confirmations for tracking and reporting.
A Sabre press official declined to comment on information from multiple sources familiar with the company indicating Sabre is working to sell Travelocity Business as it prepares for a public offering later this year.
Expedia on Thursday announced plans to acquire Orbitz Worldwide and all of its holdings, including corporate travel agency Orbitz for Business, in a cash deal valued at $1.6 billion.
BCD Travel has acquired Travelocity Business from Sabre, the companies announced Tuesday. In the works since at least February, when The Beat first reported Sabre's plans and Business Travel News hinted that BCD Travel was the buyer, the deal is seen as part of Sabre's run up to a public offering.
BCD again is actively selling to the market TBiz services more than a year after acquiring from Sabre the Travelocity Business corporate travel agency.
Sabre for the quarter ending June 30 reported growth in its core airline and hospitality IT and Sabre Travel Network businesses.
Travelocity Business president Yannis Karmis submitted his thoughts on blending technology and people to appropriately service business travelers.
More than 90 percent of the 250 Travelocity Business employees are expected to stay on as the company folds into BCD Travel as a separate division. BCD is planning to open within six months a contact center near San Antonio to house TBiz counselors currently working in a Travelocity facility.
Ryanair has long maintained an aggressively direct-first distribution philosophy. It calls Ryanair.com the most heavily trafficked airline website in the world, as well as its preferred platform to keep distribution costs down, nurture direct relationships with customers and, not least, sell them an array of ancillary products for which the low-cost carrier is famous.