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Travelport GDS Segments Fall On 'Customer Headwinds'

Global distribution system segments processed by Travelport—including air, hotel, car and rail—fell 4 percent year over year during the third quarter amid "customer headwinds," the company reported Thursday.

AdTrav: Former TMC Partner Isn't Bankrupt, They Just Don’t Want To Pay

AdTrav this month filed a motion with a U.S. bankruptcy court to dismiss Duluth Travel's Chapter 11 case, alleging Duluth filed only to avoid paying AdTrav a court-ordered sum of nearly $900,000.

BookingBuilder, Sabre Ink Developer Deal, Leaving Decade-Old Feud Behind

BookingBuilder and Sabre have signed an authorized developer agreement to extend BookingBuilder's two core agency products to Sabre subscribers, amicably concluding a standoff between the global distribution system operator and agency tech provider.
INTERVIEW: Certares Founder And Amex GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara (With Special Guest Tom Klein)

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder And Amex GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara (With Special Guest Tom Klein)

Certares founder and American Express Global Business Travel chairman Greg O'Hara sat down with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live to talk about Amex GBT's HRG acquisition and Certares' investment approach and to share other observations on the business.

Greg O'Hara To Take The Stage At The Beat Live

He's the executive chairman of American Express Global Business Travel, the founder of investment firm Certares, a Travel Leaders board member—and he's coming to The Beat Live.

JetBlue And Travelport End Impasse With New GDS Deal

Ending an impasse of more than two months, JetBlue and Travelport reached a new global distribution agreement, Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said during an earnings call today.
INTERVIEW: Certares Founder, American Express GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder, American Express GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara

Arlington, Va.—Last year, a group led by Certares and its founder, Greg O'Hara, invested $900 million in American Express Global Business Travel, establishing a 50-50 joint venture with American Express. Now, the longtime industry power broker is chairman of American Express Global Business Travel; sits on the board of Travel Leaders, in which Certares also has invested; and is looking far and wide for more places in travel and related sectors to inject capital. Previously chief investment officer of JPMorgan Chase's Special Investments Group and managing director of JPMorgan private equity arm, One Equity Partners, he has held executive roles at Worldspan and Sabre and has sat on the boards of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travelport, Worldspan and others. O'Hara sat down with The Beat Editor-in-Chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live conference here last week for an on-stage interview. An edited transcript follows.
INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko

INTERVIEW: Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko

After a six-year stint as CEO at PR Newswire, Ninan Chacko took the reigns of Travel Leaders Group in September. He spoke last week with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer.

Egencia Rethinks Agent Hiring And Training To Cultivate 'Tech-Savvy Millennials'

Knowing well that the next generation of travel agents won't look like the current one, Expedia-owned travel management company Egencia has adopted a program to attract and train a younger demographic of frontline counselors.

Orbitz Unlinks Cuffs To Travelport, Advances Multi-GDS Strategy

Orbitz on Monday announced agreements with each of the three major GDS companies, set to go into effect next year after provisions guaranteeing substantial transaction volumes to dominant provider Travelport expire. Orbitz, for now, is Travelport's largest agency subscriber.