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U.K. To Adopt EU GDS Regulations, Just As Europe Looks To Revise Them

As it prepares for divorce from the European Union, the U.K. no doubt has bigger priorities than to iron out its governing regulations for airline distribution and global distribution systems. Opting to maintain the status quo, the U.K. has chosen to adopt, upon its March 29 exit from the EU, the European Commission's decade-old computer reservations system code of conduct.

U.K. Acquisition Gives Ovation First Non-U.S. Location

Ovation Travel Group has acquired London-based travel agency Chartwell Travel for an undisclosed sum, representing Ovation's first wholly owned location outside the U.S., the company announced Monday.

GUEST: Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics: Why U.K. Gender Pay Gap Reporting Is All Three

Festive Road managing partner Caroline Strachan submitted the following thoughts on gender pay reporting in the U.K. The Beat this month covered how several travel management companies, travel tech firms, airline operators and hoteliers performed on the U.K. government's measure.

Travelport Claims A GDS First With NDC Flight Transaction

A U.K.-based travel management company last week transacted a flight booking on Travelport's Smartpoint point-of-sale system in accordance with the International Air Transport Association’s New Distribution Capability standard. Travelport claimed to be the first major global distribution system to do so.

How Travel Companies Perform On Gender Pay In The U.K.

Companies that have 250 or more employees based in the U.K. are required to disclose gender pay gap data. The Beat examined figures and additional disclosures from several airlines, hoteliers, travel management companies and technology companies.

GDS Surcharges, Agent Incentives, Lower Fares: Lufthansa Tries It All For NDC Adoption

Through the end of the year, the Lufthansa Group will offer a 1 euro per-segment incentive for travel agencies in the U.K. and Ireland that book through its Farelogix-powered SPRK point-of-sale application, the group announced.

Travelport Expands NDC Pilots To More Agencies

The number of agencies kicking the tires on booking, ticketing and servicing airline content through Travelport's systems in accordance with the New Distribution Capability standard has expanded.

Business Travel Direct Becomes First Traxo Marketplace TMC, Still Committed To Concur

U.K.-based Business Travel Direct has become the first travel management company to participate in Traxo Marketplace, which integrates travel data aggregator Traxo with other service providers to manage off-channel bookings.

Travel And Transport Takes Full Stake In Radius

Travel and Transport has acquired 100 percent ownership in travel agency network Radius Travel, of which it was a founding member, a longtime equity holder and an active participant, the company announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Multinational TMC Network GlobalStar Opts For Its Own Mobile App, Like Radius Before It

This month, GlobalStar Travel Management, which has a presence in 85 countries and such members as Omega World Travel in the U.S. and Capita in the U.K., announced the TripStar app for multinational clients. Network rival Radius launched its own mobile app after enlisting mTrip to build it more than a year ago.