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  • News: Palm Jumeirah villa is top Dubai seller in early 2019
    A 9,000 square foot villa on the Palm Jumeirah was the most expensive unit sold in Dubai in the first-quarter of 2019, according to new research.
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 3:25pm -
  • Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Rhino Africa
    Rhino Africa was founded on an unbridled passion for Africa - its people, its magnificent wildlife and its unmatched scenery. They specialise in luxury tailormade itineraries, and their travel experts know Africa better than a leopard knows its spots…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 3:28pm -
  • Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Go2Africa
    Go2Africa’s success is built on its passion for Africa and the technology that connects the continent with you. Their expertise is based on first-hand travel in every destination that they recommend and, because they are 100 per cent independe…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 3:18pm -
  • News: Air Mauritius takes delivery of first Airbus A330-900
    The national carrier of the republic of Mauritius is the first A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere, and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A330neo and A350 XWB.
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 3:11pm -
  • News: Valor Hospitality signs IHG partnership for Africa expansion
    InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a master development agreement with Valor Hospitality Partners Africa to roll out multiple franchise hotels over the next ten years.
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 10:24am -

Business Travel News

  • BreakingAventri Enables Meetings Hosts to Pay for Attendees' Uber Rides
    A partnership between Uber for Business and event management software provider Aventri, formerly known as Etouches, lets customers offer online Uber Vouchers to event attendees. This saves organizers time arranging logistics to move groups while givi…
    - 49 mins ago, 23 Apr 19, 5:45pm -
  • BreakingBerlin-based Spacebase Acquires Eventsofa
    Spacebase, a sharing-economy platform for workshop and meeting spaces, has acquired Eventsofa, an online marketplace for event locations. The purchase doubles Spacebase's portfolio to more than 8,000 spaces, many available exclusively on its platfor…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Apr 19, 3:50pm -
  • That's Negotiatiable: Base Hotel Offerings
    Check out what 11,469 hotels say they offer, according to a survey STR conducted in July and August on behalf of the Americas Hotel & Lodging Association. Perhaps you'll spot opportunities to negotiate with your travel program's hotel partners.
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Apr 19, 10:05pm -
  • Tech DNA Drives Travel Decisions
    ConsenSys is a technology startup creating Ethereum-based blockchain infrastructure, applications and practices that will "enable a decentralized world," according to its website. Travel manager Mat Domaradzki joined a year ago, and now he's launchin…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Apr 19, 10:05pm -
  • Sixt Has Launched Connected Cars in Germany
    Earlier this year, Sixt rolled out connected cars in Germany for rental on its mobility platform. The connected car "enables you to locate [it] by your mobile phone, to reserve it, walk up to it, open it, drive it and manage the whole billing cycle w…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 8:35pm -
  • Accor Reports Strong Q1 Revenue Growth Despite Moderate RevPAR Increase
    Accor reported revenue of 987 million euros during the first quarter, an 8.8 percent year-over-year increase on a like-for-like basis. The company's HotelServices sector brought in 645 million euros, accounting for 65 percent of the quarter's revenu…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 8:20pm -
  • CWT Creates VP of Payments Role
    CWT has hired David Holmes to the new position of VP of payments. Based in Miami, Holmes worked for UATP for 17 years, most recently leading global commercial strategy.
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 5:00pm -
  • One Order: A Primer
    If New Distribution Capability will transform how airlines offer their services to corporate travelers, One Order will transform how airlines and others manage and fulfill those offers. As NDC inches closer to real-life practice, we look at the othe…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 2:40pm -
  • Jet Airways Suspends All Operations
    Jet Airways has ceased all operations after lenders declined to provide interim funding. CEO Vinay Dube said the lack of funding has left Jet Airways unable "to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going." The consortium of…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 5:30pm -
  • Carey Joins Karhoo Transportation Platform
    Chauffeured service provider Carey International is adding its premium car services to the London-based Karhoo transportation booking platform. Karhoo began offering Carey's services on its platform in London this week and plans to expand Carey conte…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 5:25pm -
  • Virtual Cards Find Their Way to Mobile Wallets
    Travel and payment providers believe they have found their way around an obstacle preventing widespread adoption of virtual cards: taking them mobile. Virtual cards have long been hailed as the ideal way for business travelers who don't possess corpo…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 2:25pm -
  • United Sees Strong Corporate Demand Amid Q1 Operational Challenges
    United Airlines passenger revenue grew 7.1 percent year over year to $8.7 billion during the first quarter, which CEO Oscar Munoz said "was not an easy quarter" in terms of operations. Besides "harsh winter weather," United also faced the grounding o…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 7:55pm -
  • BCD Travel Appoints Bridgeman as First SVP of Hotels
    BCD Travel is drawing a common denominator across its hotel program and its Advito consulting arm.
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 7:40pm -
  • New Head of Amex M&E
    American Express Global Business Travel has appointed Gerardo Tejado as general manager of American Express Meetings & Events. He will report to GBT EVP of global supplier relations Michael Qualantone and be based at headquarters in Jersey City, N.J.…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 6:50pm -
  • ANA Adds Seat Selection Fee for Some Economy Fares
    All Nippon Airways is adding a seat selection fee for certain fare types, allowing passengers to pay to select emergency exit seats and window and aisle economy seats in the front of the aircraft. The fee, which goes into effect May 29 for flights de…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 5:55pm -
  • American Launches Data Portal & Priority Access for Corporate Customers
    American Airlines has launched its SalesLink Insights portal for corporate travel managers, as well as new priority access and automatic reaccommodation perks for corporate travelers. American began testing the SalesLink Insights portal with about 5…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 5:50pm -
  • WhereTo Launches Booking Tool for Enterprises
    Booking tool provider WhereTo has launched a customizable booking tool for enterprises. The tool uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to determine what air, hotel, rail and car rental content it recommends, and travel managers can influence that…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 9:20pm -
  • U.S. Air Ticket Sales Rose 3 Percent YOY in March
    The consolidated dollar value of airline ticket sales sold by U.S.-based travel agencies rose 3 percent year over year in March, according to Airlines Reporting Corp.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 8:30pm -
  • Four Seasons Consolidates Hotel Marketing, Hotel Sales & Worldwide Sales
    Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Ben Trodd as its first SVP of sales and hotel marketing, consolidating the hotel marketing, hotel sales and worldwide sales teams under one leader. He will improve alignment and communication among the th…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 8:30pm -
  • U.S. State Department Travel Advisory System Adds Kidnapping Indicator
    On April 9, the U.S. Department of State added a kidnapping/hostage-taking risk indicator to its travel advisory system.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 7:30pm -
  • Corporate Traveller Accepts Bitcoin
    U.K.-based Corporate Traveller has partnered with blockchain payment provider BitPay, enabling the travel management company's clients to pay for business travel bookings with bitcoin and bitcoin cash, a variation designed for smaller, faster payment…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 7:15pm -
  • United Applies for Nonstop Service to Cape Town
    In December, United will add three weekly nonstop flights to Cape Town, South Africa, from Newark, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 5:05pm -
  • TMCs & Startups Engage
    Fragmentation and consumerization are changing business travel, and travel management companies are emphasizing services that go well beyond their traditional functions of ticketing. Established TMCs have doubled down on innovation and traveler engag…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 8:35pm -
  • United Adds Sales Strategy & Effectiveness Role
    United Airlines has hired Glenn Hollister as VP of sales strategy and effectiveness, a new position that will lead the carrier's "strategy, analysis, market development, digital sales, channel management, sales support, sales events, sales training a…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 7:45pm -
  • Jet Airways Now Operating Only Seven Aircraft
    Jet Airways has suspended all international flights and has only seven operational aircraft as it teeters on the verge of collapse.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 6:55pm -
  • ANA Will Develop NDC Platform with OpenJaw
    Japan's All Nippon Airways is working with OpenJaw Technologies to develop a New Distribution Capability-based booking platform by the second half of the fiscal year, which runs from April 2019 through March 2020
    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 6:05pm -
  • American & Southwest Extend Max Cancellations into August
    American Airlines has extended cancellations of flights on Boeing 737 Max aircraft through Aug. 19. The change affects 115 of 7,000 daily departures over the summer, and the carrier is rebooking travelers who had been scheduled on those flights.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 4:50pm -
  • Delta Reduces Recline on A320 Fleet
    Delta is testing out seating with reduced recline on its A320 fleet, a move it said would benefit business travelers. A spokesperson said reduced recline would make it easier for passengers in the next row back to work on laptops and use seatback scr…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 7:55pm -
  • Qatar Airways Counters Complaints Regarding Air Italy Investment
    Qatar Airways has issued a response to allegations that its Air Italy investment violates agreements between the U.S. and Qatar related to open skies. The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies?a coalition that includes American Airlines, Delta, United an…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 7:45pm -
  • Solombrino to Depart Dav El/BostonCoach
    Longtime Dav El/BostonCoach president and CEO Scott Solombrino is stepping down from his position. He has led Dav El since buying the business from founder David Klein in 1987. Solombrino had founded Dav El affiliate Fifth Avenue Limousine Company of…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 6:15pm -
  • Uber IPO Prospectus Warns of Continuing Losses
    Uber has filed the prospectus for its upcoming IPO, reporting $11.3 billion in revenue and 91 million active users in 2018. Ridehailing revenue accounted for $9.2 billion of that and has more than doubled since 2016's $3.5 billion. Uber's expenses ha…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • It's Time to Revisit Travel Management Company-Implementation Readiness
    The readiness standards for a travel program to implement a new travel management company have changed. What was once considered "go state" is simply not enough today to avoid pitfalls. It's time for corporate travel programs to revisit implementatio…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Why Small & Midsize Enterprises Are Well-Positioned to Transform Corporate Travel
    There's an old saying that you don't get fired for buying IBM. But whoever said that obviously never worked at a small or midsize enterprise, where people are always ready to toss out the status quo, especially if there's a more modern, more cost-eff…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 8:35pm -
  • JetBlue to Start Transatlantic Service in 2021
    JetBlue will begin its first transatlantic service with flights to London from both New York and Boston in 2021. The flights will be on Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft with "a reimagined version" of JetBlue's premium Mint product. JetBlue has no…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 8:00pm -
  • Travel Leaders Network Grows from 10 to 50 Countries
    Over the past two months, Travel Leaders Network has added 34 travel management companies to Travel Leaders Network, including many former HRG network members. The network now reaches 50 countries. Travel Leaders expects more TMCs to join in the comi…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 3:55pm -
  • Delta's Domestic Corporate Revenue Grew 10 Percent YOY in Q1
    Delta's passenger revenue grew 6 percent year over year to $9.3 billion during the first quarter, including 8 percent year-over-year growth in corporate revenue. On domestic routes, corporate revenue rose 10 percent, boosted by strong demand and a 2…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 9:30pm -
  • Lufthansa Names New Americas Sales Head
    The Lufthansa Group has appointed Frank Naeve as VP of sales for the Americas, effective May 1. He has worked for the airline group for 30 years, most recently as VP of Asia/Pacific for Lufthansa Cargo. 
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 7:50pm -
  • TPConnects Receives One Order Certification
    The International Air Transport Association has certified travel content aggregator TPConnects as One Order Capable. The certification means TPConnects' offer and order management system can support the One Order messaging standard, which combines ai…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 6:05pm -
  • Vista Global Will Acquire JetSmarter
    Dubai-based Vista Global will acquire private air travel platform JetSmarter and plans to integrate it into the back-end technology of its private aviation brands. JetSmarter already worked with XOJet, which Vista Global acquired last year, includi…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:45pm -
  • Tripbam Hires Pair of Account Management Pros
    Jeff Hillenmayer will join Tripbam from HRS to serve as EVP of account management. Based in Philadelphia, he'll launch and head a consulting practice to help clients optimize and manage their hotel programs via Tripbam's hotel shopping, benchmarking…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:40pm -
  • Small & Midsize Enterprise-Focused TMC Will Offer Yapta to Clients
    Travel management company Forest Travel will add Yapta to its Ultimate Travel Program bundle, designed to offer enterprise-level technology to the unmanaged travel space. The bundle also includes suppliers like Concur, Conferma, Magnatech. Yapta int…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:40pm -
  • BridgeStreet Appoints New CEO
    BridgeStreet has appointed board member Kamal Advani as CEO to succeed Sean Worker, who is leaving to pursue other interests. Advani is managing director of BridgeStreet's controlling shareholder, Versa Capital Management, and has 30 years of operati…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 4:20pm -
  • Northstar Travel Group Acquires U.K.'s Business Travel Show
    Northstar Travel Group?parent company of BTN, The Beat and Travel Procurement?has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Centaur Media Travel and Meetings from Centaur Media. CTM includes the Business Travel Show, The Meetings Show and Travel…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 2:20pm -
  • Applying Robotics & Rules to the Travel Payment Process
    Robotics process automation provider Troovo's software routes payment decisions based on each client's needs and automatically switches on a virtual card process?or in the future, blockchain payment process?when appropriate based on those client rule…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 10:05pm -
  • Enterprise Expands Partnership with Nippon Rent-A-Car
    Under a partnership between Enterprise Holdings and Nippon Rent-A-Car International, about 80 Nippon Rent-A-Car offices at Japan's airports will feature the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands. Nippon, which has 850 locations in total, already had…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 8:05pm -
  • CWT Beefs Up Traveler Experience Team
    CWT has created two traveler experience roles. The travel management company has brought in Consuelo Corridori as head of HR for traveler experience and Dirk Van Leeuwen as head of global operations for its traveler experience department. They'll rep…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 6:25pm -
  • Freebird & Rocketrip Join Traxo Marketplace
    Off-channel bookings data aggregator Traxo has added mobile app Freebird to the Traxo Connect Marketplace and will add travel savings incentives tool Rocketrip soon, helping each apply its service to mutual clients' off-channel bookings.
    - 15 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 7:40pm -
  • Flight Centre Buys into Upside
    Flight Centre Travel Group bought a 25 percent stake in Upside, the travel rewards and booking platform started in 2017 by Priceline founder Jay Walker. Flight Centre is now Upside's largest shareholder and gains access to Upside's technology, which…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 7:40pm -
  • Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho Has Died
    Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho, who has led the airline's massive growth over more than two decades, died in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday from a chronic lung condition. Cho, 70, became president and CEO of Korean Air in 1995 and chairman in 1999. Sin…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 7:20pm -
  • United Suspends New Delhi Service
    United Airlines has suspended flights between Newark and New Delhi through April 19. In addition to seasonal winds, airlines are dealing with the closure of Pakistani airspace, which began on Feb. 27 amid growing tensions with its neighbor India.
    - 18 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 7:25pm -
  • Deutsche Bank Travel Program Joins Boycott of Hotel Company
    Deutsche Bank has removed the Dorchester Collection hotel group from its list of preferred suppliers amid a boycott of the group. The Dorchester is owned by Brunei Investment Agency, which is controlled by Brunei's long-ruling sultan. 
    - 18 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 7:05pm -
  • Turkish Airlines Begins Move to New Istanbul Airport
    Turkish Airlines has begun its "great move," as it switches airport operations from Ataturk International Airport to the new Istanbul Airport.
    - 18 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 6:35pm -
  • Former Travel and Transport CEO Bill Tech Has Died
    Former Travel and Transport president and CEO Bill Tech died April 1 at the age of 70. From 1998 until 2014, he oversaw key acquisitions, a nearly 300 percent increase in employees, the transfer of ownership to Travel and Transport's employees and re…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 6:15pm -
  • Lola Appoints Knowling as VP of Partnerships
    Travel management startup Lola has named Tim Knowling as its first VP of partnerships. He will cultivate multiyear relationships, negotiate large-scale partner agreements and work on Lola's partnership with American Express Global Business Travel whi…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 10:40pm -
  • Global Air Capacity Grew More Than Traffic YOY in February
    Globally, air traffic rose 5.3 percent year over year in February, according to the International Air Transport Association. Capacity rose 5.4 percent year. Load factor slipped 0.1 percentage points to 80.6 percent. Crossborder traffic rose 4.6 perce…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 10:15pm -
  • ARC Invests in Blockchain Project Partner
    Airlines Reporting Corp. has invested an undisclosed amount in Blockskye, a blockchain-based inventory booking and transaction management supplier. ARC and United Airlines earlier this year announced they were testing a blockchain-based ticket repor…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 8:40pm -
  • Delta Will Return to London Gatwick
    Next year, Delta will return to London's Gatwick Airport for the first time in nearly a decade, with service from Boston and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Though Gatwick was Delta's first transatlantic destination more than 40 yea…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 7:00pm -
  • India's OYO Hotels & Homes Expands to Japan
    OYO Hotels & Homes and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. and SoftBank Vision Fund have formed OYO Hotels Japan. Prasun Choudhary will lead the joint venture, which brings the Indian hotel company to Japan. Business travel spend in Japan is expected to grow…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 5:45pm -
  • Deal Brings Amex Corporate Card Payments to SAP Ariba
    Users of the SAP Ariba procurement platform soon will be able to use American Express corporate cards to make payments. Amex will become a network extension partner for Ariba, enabling corporate buyers to use their existing Amex corporate cards to ge…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 9:55pm -
  • EU Will Allow Visa-Free Travel from Post-Brexit U.K.
    The EU Council and the European Parliament have voted to allow U.K. citizens to travel without visas to Schengen Area countries for short stays. The Schengen Area consists of 22 EU member states, plus Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland. E…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 9:30pm -
  • February U.S. Travel Volume Rose 2.6 Percent YOY
    Domestic U.S. business travel grew 3 percent year over year in February, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index. That year-over-year growth outpaced domestic leisure's 2.6 percent growth for the first time since October, due t…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 9:25pm -
  • Airlines Continue to Adjust to Boeing 737 Max Groundings as Fix Is Delayed
    Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be grounded for at least several more weeks as the aircraft manufacturer enhances software for the aircraft's anti-stall system that might have caused the deadly crashes by Lion Air in October 2018 and by Ethiopian Airli…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 8:55pm -
  • Sabre Begins Tests of United NDC APIs with Agency Partners
    Sabre has completed its first set of New Distribution Capability application program interfaces to access United content and has made them available for agency partners in Sabre's Beyond NDC program to test the shopping and booking capabilities.
    - 20 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 5:10pm -
  • Airbnb Invests Big in Indian Hotel Company
    Airbnb has invested between $100 million and $200 million in India-based hotel company OYO Hotels & Homes, according to Reuters. The capital is part of OYO's $1 billion series E round of fundraising, which was announced in September and led by SoftBa…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 10:20pm -
  • Spirit Tops Major North American Carriers On-Time Performances Again
    Spirit had the best on-time performance among major North American carriers in March, according to FlightStats. In the past year-and-a-half, the low-cost carrierhas surprised the industrywith its improved performance.. In each January and February…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 7:45pm -

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