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CWT Formulates No-Fee, No-Contract Bundle For Small Market

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 Pushing Rail Merchant Model With Eye On Asia/Pacific Region

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.

BA Trials Long-Haul NDC Fare Differentiation

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.
INTERVIEW: Lufthansa Group's Heike Birlenbach

INTERVIEW: Lufthansa Group's Heike Birlenbach

Lufthansa Group's withdrawal of its lowest Light economy and Business Saver business class fares from global distribution systems is the latest push in its mission to transform airline distribution. For an update on the group's plans, The Beat met Lufthansa Group SVP sales hub airlines and chief commercial officer of the Frankfurt hub Heike Birlenbach, Lufthansa's key distribution strategist from a commercial viewpoint, at the Global Business Travel Association Europe conference in Berlin.

BCD Travel To Test NDC Bookings With Lufthansa Group, Non-GDS Aggregators

BCD Travel early next year plans to pilot New Distribution Capability bookings with Lufthansa Group and two undisclosed non-global distribution system aggregators.

Sabre Agrees To Acquire Farelogix To Boost Airline Retailing And NDC Stature

Sabre has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Farelogix for $360 million.

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Short's Travel Launches Ground Transportation Management Division

Short's Travel Management this month launched a dedicated ground transportation division that specializes in bus charters.

Amadeus Lays Out Multisource Airline Distribution Approach

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.

The Beat Live Keynote Pitch: Nicholas Vournakis, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

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?