As it prepares for divorce from the European Union, the U.K. no doubt has bigger priorities than to iron out its governing regulations for airline distribution and global distribution systems. Opting to maintain the status quo, the U.K. has chosen to adopt, upon its March 29 exit from the EU, the European Commission's decade-old computer reservations system code of conduct.
The European Commission is reviewing "all provisions" of its code of conduct for computerized reservations systems, which is the governing regulation for global distribution systems in the European Union.
American Express Global Business Travel expects to complete its acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group on July 19 after European Union regulators cleared the deal on Friday.
The U.S. Department of Transportation this month closed a comment period that asked anyone in the public to flag regulations or other department actions that are ripe for review or repeal.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 2018, encourages industry segments to draw up codes of conduct to govern how relevant businesses could apply the regulation. Will a code of conduct emerge for travel?
A European trade body that represents global distribution systems and online travel agencies filed a complaint Thursday with a European watchdog. It alleges that authorities failed to adequately investigate Lufthansa Group's 16 euro global distribution system surcharge and to enforce European Union regulations.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments "on existing rules and other agency actions that are good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension or modification," according to a notice in the Federal Register last month.
The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, and its writ extends globally to any business handling the personal data of EU citizens. As in other commercial sectors, companies in corporate travel are trying to understand the precise implications for how they operate, how they must comply, the cost of compliance and whether they even need to take notice.
Last year, BCD Travel CEO John Snyder described his travel management company's growth strategy as "aggressive." Achieving this ambition apparently means expanding into niche verticals like U.S. government travel, a sector in which BCD already had some exposure but is redoubling its efforts.
As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Transportation this week officially withdrew a proposed rulemaking that would have required airlines and ticket agents to disclose at all points of sale itinerary-specific details on applicable fees for up to two checked bags and carry-on luggage.