Breaking Travel News

  • News: Boeing delays development of 777-8 long-range jet
    Boeing has said it will put development of the ultra-long-range 777-8 on hold. The decision comes after a review of the development programme schedule and of 777X customer needs.
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 8:13am -
  • News: Al Baleed Resort Salalah launches new luxury camping experiences
    In collaboration with country-renowned travel specialist, Oman Expeditions, this new offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to t…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 7:55am -
  • News: First British Airways Airbus A350 prepares for Dubai departure
    British Airways’ first A350 aircraft is being put through its paces with extensive service trials ahead of it starting long-haul flying to Dubai on September 2nd. The airline took delivery of its newest aircraft featuring its latest generation…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 7:36am -
  • News: Serko signs Southwest Airlines as NDC partner
    Serko has announced an agreement with Southwest Airlines to provide NDC content in Zeno. Zeno will be the first online booking tool to provide Southwest content via the ATPCO New Distribution Capability Exchange.
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 7:29am -
  • News: Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Mexico City
    The modern 59-room boutique hotel is the latest addition to Curio Collection by Hilton, reinforcing the growth of its portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in premier destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America.
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 6:39am -

Business Travel News

  • BreakingFour Major Hotel Companies Invest in Meetings Venue Tech
    Accor, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International have invested a combined $50 million in Groups360, a technology platform for searching meeting spaces and rates. Each investor will have a seat on the board.
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Aug 19, 9:20pm -
  • BreakingPwC Forecasts Choppy Hospitality Conditions
    The latest Hospitality Directions U.S. report from PwC reconfirmed what previous PwC reports and the downgrades among hotel companies' quarterly earnings guidance have shown: The hospitality industry is cooling off. Year-over-year results for the sec…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Aug 19, 9:15pm -
  • BreakingAirline That Handles Ticketing for 350 Carriers Launches NDC Platform
    Hahn Air has developed a platform with New Distribution Capability standards. Its airline partners now can access the platform rather than develop their own NDC solutions.
    - 9 hours ago, 19 Aug 19, 4:50pm -
  • Qantas Tests NDC Bookings with Agencies Via Travelport
    Qantas is testing live New Distribution Capability bookings with agencies ATPI, Globetrotter and Travel Beyond via Travelport Smartpoint.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 7:55pm -
  • Cathay Pacific CEO Resigns
    Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg and chief customer and commercial officer Paul Loo both resigned on Friday, following a tumultuous week for the Hong Kong-based carrier. Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong that largely shuttered the Hong Kong air…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 7:50pm -
  • ACTE Cancels Summit in Macau Due to Hong Kong Protests
    In light of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives has canceled the ACTE Global Summit in Macau, which would have taken place Aug. 26 and 27.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Aug 19, 5:30pm -
  • U.S. Air Ticket Sales Rose 4.3 Percent in July
    The total consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 4.3 percent year over year in June to $8 billion, according to Airlines Reporting Corp.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 8:15pm -
  • STR & Tourism Economics Further Downgrade U.S. Hotel Performance Projections
    STR and Tourism Economics further downgraded their growth projections for the U.S. hotel industry after a previous downgrade in June. The companies had projected revenue per available room to grow 2.3 percent in 2019. In June, they downgraded 2019 g…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 7:35pm -
  • Minute Suites Will Expand to JFK
    Minute Suites' ninth location will open next year in Terminal 4's B Concourse at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Minute Suites offers private suites inside airport security for rent by the hour or overnight. The suites serve travele…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 7:30pm -
  • Delta & Virgin Atlantic Will Expand U.K. Network
    Delta and Virgin Atlantic next spring plan to add about 10,000 seats per week on transatlantic routes, including a 15 percent bump in capacity between London Heathrow and Delta's Boston and New York hubs. On March 28, Delta will add a third daily ro…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 5:25pm -
  • Southwest Will Provide NDC Content to Zeno
    Southwest Airlines will provide New Distribution Capability content to Serko's online booking tool, Zeno, via ATPCO and SITA's NDC Exchange platform.
    - 4 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 2:00pm -
  • Business Travel By the Numbers
    With supply edging up, acutely in certain markets, STR has downgraded its 2019 forecast again. A less-than-stellar Q1 performance also affected the outlook. STR also outlined global year-over-year ADR and occupancy changes for March, April and May. C…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 10:50pm -
  • Dinova Juices Up Executive Team & Launches New Services
    Corporate dining program provider Dinova has expanded Alison Galik's role to CEO. She joined the company in 2018 as president, pushing rapid growth and technology enhancements. She continues to report to the board of directors. Dinova also appointed…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 5:40pm -
  • Sabre Sets Deadline for DOJ to Object to Farelogix Acquisition
    Sabre has set a deadline of Aug. 21 to close its acquisition of Farelogix, meaning the U.S. Department of Justice must file any objections in federal court before that date. The deal, announced last November, has been undergoing "a lengthy and exhau…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 5:25pm -
  • Hong Kong Airport Resumes Operations
    Flights have resumed Wednesday at Hong Kong International Airport after police broke up protests that had caused massive flight cancellations over the prior two days. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific on Wednesday said it "will be operating our fligh…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Aug 19, 4:50pm -
  • Travel, Meetings & Security Together Under One Roof
    At the end of 2016, Cardinal Health transitioned its travel program from procurement to global security as the travel department shifted its focus to encompass not only cost savings but also traveler experience and safety. The move proved to be a sma…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 10:15pm -
  • Amex GBT Will Acquire Stake in Middle East Travel Management Company
    American Express Global Business Travel has agreed to acquire a 65 percent stake in Middle East travel management company network Kanoo Travel. GBT described Kanoo as one of the largest travel management networks in the Middle East. It operates in th…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 9:15pm -
  • Meeting Attendance & Event Budgets Are Up Per Cvent
    The number of attendees at meetings and events is up this year compared to 2018, and that corresponds to an increase in current and anticipated budgets, according to Cvent's latest Planner Sourcing Report. More than 50 percent of the 2,650 global pla…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 9:05pm -
  • TAP Plans U.S. Expansion in 2020
    TAP Air Portugal will boost its service from New York, Miami, Chicago and Washington, D.C., over the next year. In June, the carrier will add a second daily flight to Lisbon from John F. Kennedy International Airport and will add one flight per week…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 8:15pm -
  • Corporate Housing Provider Launches Meetings & Events Platform
    WWStay has added meetings to its portfolio of corporate housing and furnished apartment units available for booking. The new platform, WWMeetz, leverages WWStay's existing relationships with 140,000 properties across 170 countries. According to co-fo…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 8:15pm -
  • Uniglobe Adds Malaysia Agency
    Uniglobe Travel International has added Sayu Travel & Tours to its network.
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 6:35pm -
  • Groupize Integrates with Tableau
    Simple meetings technology provider Groupize has rolled out a data module on the Tableau platform that aims to enable corporates to digest and visualize data from Groupize, as well as other sources like meetings management platforms and corporate tra…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Aug 19, 6:35pm -
  • Cvent Q2 Group Business Outlook Shows Slowdown
    The 24-month outlook for U.S. group booking activity continues to show weakness, despite a slight pickup in booking pace from last quarter, according to Cvent's 2019 Group Business Outlook.At the end of the second quarter, Cvent tallied room nights a…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 10:55pm -
  • U.S. Extended-Stay Occupancy Set a Record in Q2
    U.S. extended-stay rooms under construction as of June 30 decreased 7.7 percent year over year, The Highland Group reported. The company attributed rising construction costs and lengthening development time lines for the drop. Upscale extended-stay r…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 10:40pm -
  • Hong Kong Protests' Impact on Aviation Intensifies
    Flights resumed out of Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
    - 7 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 8:20pm -
  • Bhart Sarin Elected GBTA President
    Bhart Sarin was elected as the president of the Global Business Travel Association. The president presides at board meetings and supervises association affairs. Sarin is the director of corporate and North America procurement operations and travel at…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 8:45pm -
  • Delta Prepares to Leave Narita Following U.S. DOT Decision
    Beginning in March 2020, Delta will transfer its full U.S.-Tokyo operations from Narita to Haneda. The carrier's announcement comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday issued final approval to the tentative allocation given earlier th…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 8:25pm -
  • New York Heads Destinations Meeting Planners Intend to Use
    The five U.S. destinations meeting planners intend to use most in the next two years are New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando and Washington, D.C., according to STR's 2019 DestinationMAP, or Meeting Assessment Program. For international meetings ove…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 8:15pm -
  • Sitata Revamps Travel Health & Safety Mobile App
    Sitata has relaunched its travel health and safety app to better serve the corporate travel sector. The company serves corporates directly, and its services also are available for resale by travel management companies. With the updates, travelers now…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 8:10pm -
  • Air Italy Connects with Finnair & El Al
    Air Italy has signed Special Prorate Agreements with Finnair and El Al. The interline agreements enable passengers to buy tickets across multiple legs on both carriers. With Finnair, Air Italy passengers on domestic flights to Milan then can connect…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 5:35pm -
  • Interjet Joins TSA Precheck
    Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet has joined the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's Precheck program, enabling Precheck members to access expedited security lanes when traveling from the U.S. on the carrier. Interjet's participation brings…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 5:25pm -
  • Ridehailing Companies Are Still Focused on Long-Term Profitability
    Both Uber and Lyft continued to show significant revenue growth but large losses in their second-quarter earnings.
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 5:20pm -
  • Domestic Business Travel Dipped 0.2 Percent in June
    Travel to or within the U.S. grew 2.4 percent year over year in June, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index. Domestic travel increased 2.6 percent, due entirely to leisure travel, which grew 3.8 percent. Meanwhile, domestic b…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 4:45pm -
  • Less Than Half of Buyers Ask Travelers About Trip Quality
    Eighty-one percent of travel buyers survey travelers regularly, according to a May 7 to 17 survey by the Global Business Travel Association and Airlines Reporting Corp. Of the 114 GBTA travel buyer members from the U.S. and Canada surveyed, 44 percen…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 10:55pm -
  • American Airlines' Service Plans Include Tel Aviv, Casablanca & Eastern Europe
    American Airlines' international expansion next summer will include its first flight to Africa, the introduction of service to Tel Aviv and Krakow and additional service to two other cities in Eastern Europe.
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 10:35pm -
  • Deem Adds Virtual Payment Tool
    Fresh off announcing plans to discontinue its expense tool to more closely focus on its Work Fource travel booking and management platform, Deem will add a virtual payment service for bookings made via Work Fource. Provided via integration with virtu…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 10:10pm -
  • WorldHotels Leadership Updates in North America & Asia/Pacific
    WorldHotels Collection, a group of 300 global independent hotels and resorts, has appointed Gregory Habeeb as North America president and has promoted Melissa Gan to Asia/Pacific managing director. APAC president Roland Jegge will continue in his rol…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 8:30pm -
  • Global Air Demand Grew 5 Percent YOY in June
    Global air demand grew a solid 5 percent year over year in June, according to the International Air Transport Association. Global capacity rose 3.3 percent. Load factor rose 1.4 percentage points to 84.4. percent, the highest recorded level for June.
    - 11 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 8:15pm -
  • Cvent Event Cloud Road Map Aims to Make Collaboration Easier
    "From a hospitality perspective, we're uniquely positioned to bring our planners and suppliers together," said Cvent co-founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal at the Cvent Connect conference, where the company celebrated its 20th anniversary. He added that…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 5:25am -
  • Choice Hotels Reports Flat Q2 RevPAR Growth
    Choice Hotels' systemwide revenue per available room decreased 0.1 percent year over year during the second quarter to $56.17. Occupancy remained flat at 67.2 percent, and average daily rate declined 0.1 percent to $83.57. The number of rooms at the…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 5:15am -
  • InterContinental Hotels Group RevPAR Declines in Q2
    InterContinental Hotels Group global comparable revenue per available room declined 0.2 percent year over year in the second quarter, bringing the company's half-year RevPAR growth to a relatively flat 0.1 percent. The company attributed its short-te…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 5:10am -
  • CWT Is Testing Sabre NDC API & New Storefront
    CWT has begun testing Sabre's New Distribution Capability-enabled application programming interfaces to access United content. Sabre completed the APIs—which integrate and normalize air content from traditional carriers, low-cost carriers and NDC o…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Aug 19, 5:00am -
  • ESA Reports Half-Year RevPAR Decline & Reduces 2019 Guidance
    Extended Stay America's comparable systemwide revenue per available room grew just 0.1 percent year over year in the second quarter to $53.94, driven by an increase in occupancy from 77.6 percent to 79.8 percent but mitigated by a 2.7 percent decreas…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 11:50pm -
  • Lufthansa Group Plans U.S. Route Expansion
    The Lufthansa Group is planning a "major expansion" in U.S. routes from its Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich hubs next year. Next summer, Lufthansa will begin service from Munich to Seattle with six weekly flights and from Munich to Detroit with five wee…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 11:35pm -
  • Avis Budget & Hertz Grew Revenue in Q2
    Rental volume and pricing for both Avis Budget Group and Hertz grew year over year in the second quarter. Avis Budget's revenue inched up slightly to $2.34 billion, a quarterly record. Rental days rose 2 percent in the Americas and 3 percent outside…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 11:30pm -
  • BTN Names Suzanne Boyan Travel Manager of the Year
    Last night at the historic Blackstone Hotel, part of the Autograph Collection, BTN recognized ZS Associates' travel operations coordinator Suzanne Boyan as the 2019 Travel Manager of the Year. BTN editor-in-chief Elizabeth West announced the winner,…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Aug 19, 6:35am -
  • Travel Leaders Adds Benchmarking, Automates Yapta Rebookings & Offers Bleisure Activity Bookings
    Travel Leaders Corporate now resells the automated version of Yapta's RoomIQ and FareIQ reshopping services, branding the offering as Price Optimizer. Travel Leaders Group SVP of corporate sales Michael Boult said Travel Leaders already was reselling…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott RevPAR Rises Year over Year in Q2 While Guidance Drops
    Continuing a trend set by other hotel companies as they've released their second-quarter earnings, Marriott International has lowered its 2019 global revenue per available room guidance from a range of 2 percent to 3 percent to a range of 1 percent t…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 10:45pm -
  • PredictX Automates Review of Air Contracts & Proposals
    Advanced analytics software provider PredictX has launched PredictX Navigator, which automatically analyzes and compares air carrier proposals, contracts and proposal iterations against other proposals and against market rates. Buyers also can levera…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 6:20pm -
  • Moving Human Trafficking Awareness Beyond the Travel Industry's Front Lines
    At a Tacoma, Wash., hotel, a housekeeper standing in a hallway saw a man turn back into a hotel room and tell an unseen person: Keep the blinds closed; should anyone come to the door, do not answer; and if anyone calls, do not answer. He said he'd re…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 5:15am -
  • Airbnb Acquires Urbandoor
    Airbnb has acquired Urbandoor, a platform of furnished and serviced apartments tailored for extended business trips and relocations. Founded in 2015, Urbandoor includes apartments in more than 1,500 cities across 60 countries. "When you look at [Airb…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 5:00am -
  • Boeing CEO Projects 737 Max Will Return in Q4
    The Boeing 737 Max is on track to be back in service by the fourth quarter, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said at the Global Business Travel Association annual convention. The company has "worked through the technical details" and is in the final stag…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 4:50am -
  • GroundLink Adds Events & Analytics Dashboards
    Black car company GroundLink has created two new dashboards for travel managers: events and analytics.  
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 4:35am -
  • Blacklane Will Open First U.S. Offices
    Global chauffeur and airport concierge service Blacklane is opening offices in New York and Los Angeles, its first offices in the U.S., this fall. CEO and co-founder Jens Wohltorf said the U.S. forms the Berlin-based company's largest market for vehi…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 4:25am -
  • DVI Integrates Traxo Data
    Data visualization intelligence specialist DVI now integrates off-channel booking data captured by aggregator Traxo on behalf of mutual clients into DVI's suite of tools. The integration leverages Traxo's Connect platform, which captures itinerary an…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Aug 19, 4:15am -
  • Southwest Will Put Content on GDSs
    Southwest Airlines at long last will provide content and full booking capabilities in global distribution systems via agreements with Travelport and Amadeus. They expect content to be ready for bookings by mid-2020.  
    - 14 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 8:20pm -
  • Atlas Travel Will Resell Female and LGBTQ+ Duty of Care Provider
    Travel management company Atlas Travel, a Women's Business Enterprise and a Woman-Owned Small Business, will resell Maiden Voyage's duty of care resources. Maiden Voyage helps companies mitigate risk through in-person and online education, as well as…
    - 14 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 8:05pm -
  • BCD Travel Acquires Adelman
    Mega travel management company BCD Travel has acquired Milwaukee-based Adelman. Travel Weekly ranked Adelman No. 23 in its global Power List for 2019. According to a BCD news release, the company realizes $675 million in annual sales. The acquisition…
    - 14 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 2:00pm -
  • American Consolidates Sales Functions with JV Partners & Plans to Boost Sales Staff
    American Airlines is integrating several corporate sales functions across its transatlantic alliance partners. That includes expanding corporate recognition benefits and adding joint business sales support.  
    - 14 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 2:00pm -
  • TripActions Gets into Consulting
    Just over a month after landing a $250 million investment round that brought its total valuation to a whopping $4 billion, travel booking and management provider TripActions is rolling out a consulting arm. TripActions Consulting will help client cor…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 12:35am -
  • Amex GBT Begins Live American Airlines NDC Bookings Via Amadeus
    American Express Global Business Travel now is processing live bookings for American Airlines using New Distribution Capability standards via Amadeus Travel's application programming interface. American managing director of strategic account sales Ha…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 12:10am -
  • Swiss Will Add Service to Washington, D.C., & Osaka
    Swiss International Air Lines will launch service to both Washington, D.C., and Osaka, Japan, next year. Daily service between Zurich and Washington Dulles will begin on March 29, operating on Airbus A330-300 aircraft; Swiss partner United already of…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Aug 19, 12:05am -
  • Jet Lag App Now Can Charge Cost to Users' Employers
    The Timeshifter mobile app now can charge employees' subscriptions to their employers. Timeshifter enables people to create personalized plans to ease jet lag based on sleep patterns, itinerary and other factors like whether a traveler uses melatonin…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Aug 19, 11:50pm -
  • Tripbam Updates Hotel Intelligence Solution
    Hotel reshopping provider Tripbam has enhanced its Hotel Intelligence solution's benchmarking and analytics capabilities. The update allows travel managers, in real time, to grade hotel, brand and chain performance on true discounts received and last…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Aug 19, 6:00pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Develops Global Network of Carriers
    Alaska Airlines has assembled a global sales partnership network in which it will sell discounts on eight carrier partners to its corporate customers. The network includes four transpacific carriers—Hainan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlin…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Aug 19, 5:45pm -

USA Today Travel News

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    Here are five things every visitor should experience during a trip to Grand Cayman Island.      
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    The Great Barrier Island is more than a place, it's a way of life      
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    - 7 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 8:27pm -