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Beating Expectations, Amadeus Grows Q2 GDS Air Share But Holds 2016 Guidance Amid Uncertainty

Amadeus' global distribution system air bookings during the second quarter rose nearly 8 percent year over year to 138 million, outpacing the marketwide GDS air booking growth rate of 4 percent.

BEAT SHEET: Corporate Travel Outlook; Sabre's Court Costs; DOT Rule Backlash; Radius Activity

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers.

Time To Vote For Your Favorite Keynote Pitch For The Beat Live

Your feedback will determine one keynote speaker, identify the recipients of our annual Readers' Choice awards and formulate questions for industry executives taking the stage when The Beat Live comes to Atlanta from Oct. 3 to 5.

Trump Hotels Intensify Wooing Of Corporate, Group Markets

Donald Trump is never one to shy away from the media spotlight, but in recent weeks, he's been trying to share some of those figurative photons with his four-year-old Trump Hotel Collection.

CWT Reports Soft Year, But Bullish On Supplier Revenue, New Wins

Rising penetration of online booking in corporate travel. Intense transaction fee competition. Heightened client demands. What's a travel management company to do about these revenue headwinds? For Carlson Wagonlit Travel, part of the answer is expanding supplier revenue, including more sophisticated steering of bookings to the agency's airline partners.

A Travel Policy's Biggest Barrier

What is the biggest issue that stands between a policy and its successful delivery? Is it a lack of knowledge or ability in order to create one? Is it uncooperative or unable suppliers or intermediaries? Is it poor uptake or availability of appropriate technology systems? Or is it simply that end users either cannot or will not comply with edicts and have ways of getting around them? Depending on your own experiences you could say one, some or all of the above but I think you might be missing something even more important.

GDS Trade Group Says Lufthansa Agent Portal Is A CRS, Files European Commission Complaint

The trade association that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies in Europe filed a formal complaint with the European Commission on Monday alleging the Lufthansa Group has breached regulations on computerized reservations systems.

The Beat Letters: Heat From Both Sides On Election Coverage

Nothing has fired up our readers more than politics, and the heat came from all sides. Two readers even left the kitchen, but we'll keep cooking. Here are two responses ...

Sho Me the Mayor

Azumano Travel CEO Sho Dozono is running for mayor of Portland, Ore. But before you other travel management company executives start your exploratory committees, be sure to consider the scrutiny Dozono faces in the political show:

FAA Should Not Consider Airlines Or Passengers Its Customer

Business Travel Coalition (BTC) and FlyersRights.org today applauded FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt’s decision to require FAA staff to cease referring to airlines customers of the agency, long a concern of travel organizations. The dysfunction caused by this misguided notion of airlines-as-customer is deeply rooted in FAA culture; the Customer Service Initiative was merely one manifestation. Bloomberg News reported yesterday: “FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, who has been in his job for less th