There is no shortage of travel players targeting the unmanaged business travel segment. Startups, entrenched tech providers and travel management companies alike have formulated offerings for the vast but fragmented sector.
Amadeus is consolidating rail travel content via a new merchant model option for rail providers, a model the company expects could bring together the fragmented Asia/Pacific rail system.
On Tuesday, British Airways began testing new inventory buckets in business and economy classes on Boston and Dubai routes, some of which only are available for purchase through the airline's direct channels or New Distribution Capability-compatible connections.
BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.
Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million.
Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters.
Amadeus has formalized a multisource approach to airline distribution with its new Convergence Platform, which aims to aggregate airline content regardless of source and integrate it into established, global distribution system-based workflows for travel agencies.
Topic: Is The Whole Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts? Fragmented distribution channels, the emergence and growth of disruptors, changing business models—is the industry changing for the sake of change, or are we building a better mousetrap?