This morning, Amadeus announced Carlson Wagonlit Travel entered into "a multi-year renewal and expansion of a long-term business partnership." Sabre, too, inked CWT to "a new long-term agreement that broadens their long-standing business partnership and deepens the companies' close collaboration on technological innovations being developed for mutual growth and success."
A few years ago, startups going explicitly after the corporate travel market were few and far between. Now, the number of new entrants and tech providers entering is growing, and so is the sum of venture capital behind them.
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Agency Technology president Lee Brubaker and Cornerstone Information Systems CEO Mat Orrego respond to a guest column by AmTrav president Craig Fichtelberg, who argued that an over-reliance on third-party technology inhibits travel management company innovation.
Total bookings processed via the Sabre global distribution system rose nearly 8 percent year over year during the third quarter to 140 million, the company reported Tuesday. Air bookings rose 8 percent to 123 million, while non-air bookings, including lodging and ground, rose 7 percent to 17 million.
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.