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.
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.
The International Air Transport Association is reviewing plans to cap sales for travel agents through its Billing and Settlement Plan after encountering strong opposition from various agency associations. The cap, known as Remittance Holding Capacity, was one pillar of a major BSP overhaul. While the cap is on hold, three other pillars of the overhaul were adopted at IATA’s Passenger Agency Conference in Singapore last month.
The number of travel management companies with homegrown online booking tools in the United States is relatively small, but Australia-based Corporate Travel Management plans to join their ranks this year with the launch of its Lightning system.
After years of theorizing, arguing, piloting and "will-it-or-won’t-it-happen?" speculation, the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability is gaining some ground as an operational reality. This month, IATA reported that 15 airlines have deployed at least part of the industry standard it published in September 2015. IATA also claimed that 20 of the world's top 25 airline groups have deployed or plan to deploy NDC. The progress prompted program director Yanik Hoyles to declare, "NDC is now mainstream."
If airline distribution is to mutate in the coming years, whether through the adoption of IATA's New Distribution Capability standards or global distribution system deterrents like Lufthansa Group’s booking fee, expect Travelfusion to play a supporting role.
Travel buyers have queued up to condemn, both individually and collectively, Lufthansa Group’s €16 Distribution Cost Charge on global distribution system bookings, introduced Sept. 1. But that doesn’t mean their opposition is unanimous. Camilla Lagesen, travel manager of Norway-based Kongsberg Group, took the contrarian view at The BTN Group’s Business Travel Trends & Forecasts conference in London this week, praising the airline group for taking radical action to shake up what she regards as chronic complacency among GDSs and travel management companies.
United Kingdom-based Travel Technology Initiative on Oct. 4 formally will launch a database of unique identification numbers for 200,000 hotels worldwide, chairman Peter Dennis told The Beat.