Breaking Travel News

  • News: Emirates introduces laptop handling service for US flights
    Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet…
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 12:56pm -
  • News: Alaska Airlines to retire Virgin America name in 2019
    Alaska Airlines has confirmed it will retire the Virgin America name, likely in 2019. However, the combined airline will seek to adopt some Virgin America elements, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, and music.
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:55am -
  • Focus: Greenland - The land beyond imagination, yet unexplored
    Greenland is the largest non-continental island. It’s almost completely made up of ice with no surface below it. Greenland is the coldest inhabited place on the planet. This is interesting because the living conditions are quite hostile. Temperatur…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:47am -
  • News: Airbnb launches major China push with new brand name, Aibiying
    Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky has announced a series of plans to better serve Chinese travellers, particularly millennials. Airbnb’s new brand name in China, Aibiying - or 爱彼迎 - translates as ‘welcome each other with love’ and reflects A…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:45am -
  • News: Millennium Hotels completes $70m overhaul of ONE UN New York
    Millennium Hotels & Resorts has completed a $70 million renovation to its North American flagship hotel, ONE UN New York, an iconic hotel situated at the heart of the International United Nations Headquarter enclave.
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:36am -
  • News: African travel agency Wakanow launches in Europe
    Africa’s fastest-growing online travel agent, Wakanow, has launched in the UK market. The online travel agent will provide a one-stop-shop for travel to Africa, offering a diverse range of competitively-priced flights and hotels for key destination…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:28am -
  • News: airBaltic sees continued growth in passenger numbers for February
    Latvian airline airBaltic carried 175,851 passengers in February, or 17 per cent more than in the same period of 2016 throughout its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 10:01am -
  • News: Skyscanner lays out vision for the future of airline distribution
    Skyscanner has launched a white paper setting out its vision for the future of airline distribution and the changing role of metasearch within this. The paper, authored by the metasearch engine’s chief executive Gareth Williams, sets out Skyscanner…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:50am -
  • News: Travelport signs new Bin Ham Travel Group partnership
    Travelport has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Bin Ham Travel Group. Established in 1979, the group comprises three leading travel management companies: Al Amaan Travel & Holidays; Al Ain Express Travel; and Bin Ham Travel.
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:31am -
  • News: Dojlidko appointed head of legal at Rosewood
    To support its robust global expansion, Rosewood Hotel Group has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Michael Dojlidko as senior vice president – general counsel and group head of legal.
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:26am -
  • News: Cancun street art turns city into open-air museum
    The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau has welcomed an array of street artists set to transform the city’s public spaces through a vibrant street art movement. New colourful murals have already started to emerge on Cancun’s street walls and aban…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:22am -
  • News: Axis to head UK PR for Tourism Nova Scotia
    Following a competitive pitch process, Tourism Nova Scotia has appointed tourism consultancy Axis Travel Marketing to manage its UK trade relations and PR strategy. Located in eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by ocean, Nova Scotia welc…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:13am -
  • News: Rudding Park Spa to open in May
    Rudding Park has is coming to the end of a £9.5 million spa development, with a highly-anticipated opening in May. Rudding Park Spa will bring a world destination spa to the heart of Yorkshire for the very first time, as well as re-capturing Harroga…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:04am -
  • News: Four dead following terrorist attack on Houses of Parliament
    Three people are now known to have been killed during a terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament in London. An attacker, who also died during the incident, drove a vehicle along the pavement of Westminster Bridge before crashing into gates surrou…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 8:09am -
  • News: AirHelp launches AI flight compensation bot, Herman
    AirHelp has unveiled a breakthrough in legal technology with the launch of Herman, the world’s first artificial intelligence powered lawyer in the travel industry.
    - 23 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 4:41am -
  • Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Juha Järvinen, chief commercial officer, Finnair
    Rapidly developing its position as an air bridge between Europe and Asia, Finnair recorded its ninth consecutive quarterly results improvement in late 2016. With the carrier in buoyant mood, chief commercial officer Juha Järvinen here chats with Bre…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 3:04pm -
  • News: easyJet bans large electronics on flights from Turkey and Egypt
    easyJet has confirmed that it will be introducing new security measures on its flights from Turkey and Egypt to the UK from today. The move is in line with new UK government requirements.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • News: United Airlines introduces automated screening lanes at Newark
    United Airlines is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 10:48am -
  • News: Hilton Linzhi Resort opens in Tibet
    Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Linzhi Resort in Tibet. Hilton Linzhi Resort is the company’s first hotel in the region and home to Tibet’s first nine-hole golf course. Located between the Himalayas and Yarlung Zangbo River, Hilton Lin…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 10:41am -
  • News: The Travel Corporation signs global partnership with Me to We
    The Travel Corporation and four of its award-winning brands are to launch a global partnership with ME to WE by offering a selection of immersive volunteer trips. In partnership the organisation, travellers have a unique opportunity to visit two icon…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 10:24am -

Business Travel News

  • BreakingAmerican Airlines Names Chris DeGroot VP of International Sales
    American Airlines is adding about 130 positions to its global sales organization. One of those new positions is VP of international sales, to which Chris DeGroot will be promoted. DeGroot, who has worked with American since 2001, most recently as man…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:25pm -
  • BreakingFox Rent A Car Acquires Car-Sharing Company
    Los Angeles-based Fox Rent A Car has acquired car-sharing platform JustShareIt, which allows car owners to rent out their own cars. Fox has used JustShareIt's technology for the past year to enable Fox customers to skip the counter and proceed direct…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 9:25pm -
  • BreakingVirgin America Name Will Retire
    Alaska Airlines plans to retire the Virgin America name in 2019, operating as a single carrier that incorporates some of Virgin's signature elements. Since it completed the acquisition of Virgin America last year, Alaska has considered operating Virg…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 Mar 17, 7:10pm -
  • Amex Increases CEO's 2016 Pay
    American Express' strong financial performance in 2016 meant CEO Ken Chenault received his target "total direct compensation" of $22 million for the year, a 19 percent year-over-year increase, according to a March 21 filling with the SEC. However, a…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 10:50pm -
  • U.S. Hotel Supply Growth Contributed to Soft Metrics in February
    Supply growth is challenging the pricing power of U.S. hoteliers as it begins to outpace demand growth, according to STR. February's 1.2 percent increase in revenue per available room was the softest gain for the U.S. hotel industry since the last ti…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 8:35pm -
  • U.S. Government's Handling of Laptop Ban Was Unacceptable for the Business Travel Community
    Justified or not, the handling of the U.S. government's surprise ban on laptops and other large electronic devices onboard certain flights from the Middle East and Africa was a slap in the face to the business travel community.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Mar 17, 7:50pm -
  • United Opens New Newark Checkpoint
    United Airlines has opened its automated security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal C. The checkpoint houses 17 screening lanes, including Premier Access and TSA Precheck lanes, that let multiple passengers load bins at th…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 2:20am -
  • U.S. & U.K. Issue Bans on Onboard Electronic Devices for Flights from Middle East & North Africa
    Both the U.S. and U.K. governments are banning passengers from bringing laptops, tablets and other electronic devices onboard flights from certain countries in the Middle East and Africa.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 2:05am -
  • Marriott Expects to Add 300,000 Rooms Worldwide by 2019
    Fairly fresh off its Starwood Hotels & Resorts acquisition, Marriott International on Tuesday said it plans to add an additional 285,000 to 300,000 rooms worldwide by 2019. CEO Arne Sorenson pegs the company's optimism to continued growth in global t…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Mar 17, 1:35am -
  • Royal Jordanian Bans Carry-On Laptops & Tablets for U.S. Flights
    Royal Jordanian Airlines is banning passengers from carrying most electrical devices onboard flights to and from the U.S., citing "instructions from concerned U.S. departments." The ban, which takes effect Tuesday, requires passengers to check laptop…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 9:30pm -
  • Lufthansa Traffic Revenue Dipped in Q4
    Lufthansa Group traffic revenue declined 0.5 percent year over year to ?6 billion in the fourth quarter. Capacity grew 6.2 percent, but unit revenue declined 5.9 percent due in part to "the difficult geopolitical situation," according to CFO Ulrik Sv…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 7:50pm -
  • Visa Joins Amex & MasterCard in Enabling Mobile Wallets for Corporate Cards
    Visa has enabled Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay for corporate cards, and U.S. Bank will be the first corporate card issuer to enable them for clients, said U.S. Bank general manager of corporate and public sector bank card programs Jeff Ranki…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Mar 17, 12:50pm -
  • Concur Revamps Travel Risk Management Offering
    By providing more data feeds into Concur Risk Messaging and by partnering with international insurance and medical assistance firm HX Global, the T&E management provider is poised to compete more with full-service travel risk management providers. Th…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 7:50pm -
  • Latam Turns a Profit for First Time Since 2011
    Latam Airlines Group passenger revenue increased 6.9 percent year over year in the fourth quarter, the first quarter to show year-over-year growth in more than two years. The company noted that traffic among its Spanish-speaking country affiliates?La…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 5:45pm -
  • Azul Launches IPO
    Brazilian carrier Azul has begun an IPO of 72 million preferred shares. It projects the prices will be between R$19 (US$6.11) and R$23 (US$7.40) per preferred share and between $18.02 and $21.81 per American depositary shares. This marks Azul's fourt…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 5:05pm -
  • United Has Become the First Airline to Make Its Direct Connection Live on TripLink
    In January, United Airlines made live its direct connection to TripLink, becoming the first airline to give travelers direct access to corporate-negotiated rates from its website. The move also provides travel managers the ability to capture off-chan…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Alitalia Will Adopt LCC Model for Shorter Flights
    Alitalia's board of directors has approved a turnaround plan estimated to cut ?1 billion in costs and make the carrier profitable over the next three years. Alitalia will shift more to a low-cost carrier model on flights within Europe. That will incl…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 10:50pm -
  • Trump Proposes ATC 'Privatization' & Amtrak Cuts
    President Donald Trump's budget blueprint reduces the Department of Transportation's budget by $2.4 billion, or 13 percent. The budget also supports shifting the FAA's air traffic control function into "an independent, nongovernmental organization,"…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 8:55pm -
  • Early Returns from Study Show Travel Managers Audit Hotel Rates Infrequently
    For as long as corporate travel programs have been conducting audits of global distribution system hotel rates, it's been lather, rinse and repeat. Travel programs run the audits, catch the rate discrepancies, spend weeks trying to get hotel partners…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 6:55pm -
  • Concur Will Release Mileage Tool Powered by Motus
    Concur will white-label mileage management software provider Motus' mileage reimbursement tool as Concur Expense Smart Drive and integrate it into Concur Mobile. The tool uses the person's phone GPS and approved mileage rates from around the world, i…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 2:00pm -
  • Hawaii Judge Blocks Trump's Revised Travel Ban
    U.S. district courts in Hawaii and Maryland have paused President Donald Trump's revised executive order that would bar citizens of six majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. The second order, signed March 6 with an effective date of March…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Mar 17, 5:15am -
  • What Happens When You Cross SMM & SME
    Strategic meetings management isn?t just for large enterprises. Small and midsize enterprises can benefit from the rigor of formal SMM, though SMEs often have little to no budget to get started. Dart travel services manager Cheryl Benjamin, GameStop…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 11:55pm -
  • SpotHero Can Send Receipts Directly to Expense Firms
    Parking reservation app SpotHero launched a business version of its tool that sends parking receipts to expense management firms Certify, Concur and Expensify. An individual can create a SpotHero for Business account, upload corporate card details an…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 11:35pm -
  • Amex GBT Launches Automated Air Rebooking Tool
    For Sabre airfares booked at U.S. points of sale, American Express Global Business Travel now rebooks cheaper airfares that become available within 24 hours of booking. The travel management company's new Air Re-Shop Expert service is powered by Yapt…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 9:15pm -
  • Lufthansa Reaches Agreement with Pilots Union
    Lufthansa and its pilots union have reached an agreement, ending a five-year collective bargaining dispute that has resulted in several strikes in recent years.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 8:25pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Expands Service from Bay Area & San Diego
    Alaska Airlines will add service to six new destinations from San Diego and 13 new destinations from San Francisco/San Jose. The routes will bulk up Bay Area departures to 125 daily nonstop flights serving 42 destinations and San Diego to 40 daily de…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 8:05pm -
  • ISOS Adds Psychological Counseling
    Workplace Options now provides rapid-response psychological support for International SOS clients, adding to ISOS's health and security advice and ground support for business travelers and expats. "Whether caught in a security incident, working offsh…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Mar 17, 5:10pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Adds to West Coast Network
    As it seeks to grow its business among Silicon Valley-employed corporate travelers, Alaska Airlines is boosting its West Coast network. The new flights are daily service between San Jose, Calif., and Newark that began Sunday; three daily flights betw…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Mar 17, 7:35pm -
  • U.S. Flight Delays Rose in January but Cancellations Were Down
    U.S. carriers' on-time performance declined year over year in January. Seventy-six percent of flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled times, compared with 81.3 percent a year prior, according to the Department of Transportation. Domestic…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Mar 17, 7:20pm -
  • Agency Air Transactions Rose in February but Fares Were Down
    Total airline ticket transactions sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 3.9 percent year over year in February, according to Airlines Reporting Corp. Domestic transactions increased 2.9 percent, and international transactions rose 5.8 percent.…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Mar 17, 7:15pm -
  • CSI GlobalVCard's European Expansion, Revamped Mobile App & Partnerships
    Payments provider CSI GlobalVCard has opened a London office to support its multinational clients in Europe and will offer as many as 120 currencies through a partnership with corporate prepaid payments firm PrePay Solutions, CSI GlobalVCard SVP of t…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Mar 17, 9:35pm -
  • Delta Increases Aeromexico Stake
    Delta has completed its cash tender offer to acquire 32 percent of Grupo Aeromexico's outstanding shares through the Mexican Stock Exchange for US$620 million. Adding its previously held 4.2 percent stake, Delta now owns 36.2 percent of Aeromexico's…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Mar 17, 6:30pm -
  • IHG's Crowne Plaza Enhancements
    InterContinental Hotels Group is coming off a successful 2016, reporting gains in revenue and room rates despite a challenging environment. In the Americas, the company signed 37,000 rooms in 2016 and grew its pipeline to more than 102,000 rooms acro…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 8:30pm -
  • Wyndham Names Goldstein CMO After Lesnick's Departure
    Wyndham Hotel Group promoted Barry Goldstein to chief marketing officer. Goldstein previously served as chief digital and distribution officer. He will oversee brand marketing, loyalty, digital marketing, global sales, communications, customer care a…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 8:25pm -
  • Major Air Accidents Are Up but Fatalities Down in 2016
    The rate of commercial airline accidents declined from 1.79 per 1 million flights in 2015 to 1.61 in 2016, according to the International Air Transport Association. The rate of major accidents, however, rose from 0.32 per 1 million flights in 2015 to…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
  • AirPlus Now Feeds Central Billing Data into TMC's Reporting Tool
    AirPlus now can feed central billing data into FCM Travel Solutions' ClientBank Connect reporting tool for mutual U.S. clients. AirPlus integrates with travel management companies, but this marks the first integration with a TMC reporting tool. That…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • The Rise of Airbnb Commercial Operators in the U.S.
    In the U.S., Airbnb hosts renting out more than one entire home or apartment generated $1.8 billion in revenue for the company in 2016. That's one-third of Airbnb's total U.S. revenue, according to a study from CBRE Hotels' Americas Research called H…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Concur Puts a Managing Director on the Ground in Brazil
    Concur appointed Valeria Soska as managing director of Concur Brazil. Soska, previously SAP VP of strategic customers in Brazil, will expand operations and oversee business development, sales, marketing and customer support services. She will work ou…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Steve Singh?s Startup Launches T&E Payment Tool
    Concur co-founder Steve Singh?s startup Center has combined virtual card technology and traditional payment cards to offer CenterCard, touting itself as a corporate payment system that tracks spend against budget in real time.
    - 14 days ago, 10 Mar 17, 4:40am -
  • European Customers Can Book Chauffeured Services on Hertz
    Hertz customers now can book Blacklane chauffeured services via Hertz's website and customer service lines. The service is meant for "customers who need an airport transfer for the first and last legs of their trip or simply choose not to drive and u…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Mar 17, 7:55pm -
  • Cathay Pacific Will Increase Service to Europe, Australia & San Francisco
    In October, Cathay Pacific will add four weekly flights from Hong Kong to San Francisco, upping its service between the two cities to three times daily. The new flights also will mark Cathay Pacific's first North America flights to use A350-900 aircr…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Mar 17, 7:50pm -
  • Travel Managers Reiterate Travel Reduction to U.S. in Response to Travel Ban
    Poll numbers from the Association of Corporate Travel Executive and the Global Business Travel Association on President Trump's revised travel ban for Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan Syria and Yemen showed that corporate travel managers remain critically…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Mar 17, 12:45pm -
  • SMM Goes Global
    Two corporate meeting managers for pharmaceutical companies are taking their strategic meetings management programs global. That said, meetings globalization isn?t a quick rollout. Both Shire head of global meetings and events Monica Dickenson and Am…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Mar 17, 10:45pm -
  • Prime Numbers Will Use tClara Data for Airline Sourcing
    Corporate travel analytics supplier Prime Numbers Technology has tapped tClara's Fair Market Share data for airline contract modeling. The data uses global flight schedules and logic on flight connections to assess each airline's ability to serve ten…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Mar 17, 6:05pm -
  • Austria Halves Air Travel Tax Rates
    Austria will cut its air travel tax rates in half next year, according to the International Air Transport Association. On Jan. 1, 2018, the rates will drop to ?3.50 per passenger for short-haul flights, ?7.50 for medium-haul flights and ?17.50 for lo…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Mar 17, 6:00pm -
  • Rocketrip Now Can Pull Usernames from Concur
    Via an application programming interface, Rocketrip now can pull in Concur usernames. Previously, an admin from a new client would send Rocketrip a list of travelers for whom to create accounts. The automated feed reduces mistakes as Rocketrip onboar…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 11:00pm -
  • Delta Leads North American Carriers in February On-Time Performance
    Delta posted the best on-time record among major North American carriers in February, getting 87.5 percent of flights to the gate within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time, according to FlightStats. Overall, major North American carriers were on ti…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 8:45pm -
  • Concur Partners with India?s Mobile Ride-Hailing App Ola
    The corporate version of India?s mobile ride-hailing app Ola now automatically sends to Concur transaction information for mutual clients. The Ola platform enables booking and payment for more than 450,000 vehicles, including cabs, auto-rickshaws, ri…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 8:35pm -
  • Global Air Travel Demand Rose Sharply in January
    Global air travel demand increased 9.6 percent year over year in January, the highest monthly rate of increase in more than five years, according to the International Air Transport Association.
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 8:30pm -
  • Marriott Outlines Plans for European Growth
    Marriott International plans to significantly increase its portfolio in Europe across all service segments. President and managing director for Europe Amy McPherson said the company has set "ambitious goals" for 2020. "We plan to expand our lead in t…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
  • Travelport Names EMEA Air Commerce Leader
    Travelport has named former Kuwait Airways chief commercial officer Philip Saunders as VP to lead its air commerce strategy in EMEA, making sure airline customers there have access to its platform and technology.
    - 16 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 5:45pm -
  • Trump Revises Travel Immigration Restrictions
    President Donald Trump issued a revised executive order on March 6, placing U.S. travel immigration restrictions on Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The current order revokes and replaces the order issued Jan. 27 that faced legal challen…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 6:10am -
  • Shift from Saving on Sourcing to Total Cost of Ownership
    The days of driving high year-over-year contract savings are gone for corporate travel buyers, especially for mature global programs. The hotel market still belongs to sellers, at least on a global basis, while major air carriers have exercised capac…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Mar 17, 1:10am -
  • Best Western Touts Nearly 500-Property Pipeline, Plans Growth In Asia
    Best Western Hotels & Resorts? development pipeline numbers almost 500 properties, with 60 percent new-construction, the company announced today. The pipeline comprises 49 properties in Asia and another 190 in markets outside North America. Best West…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Mar 17, 8:15pm -
  • AccorHotels Signs Management Deal for 26 Brazilian Hotels
    AccorHotels has signed a $63 million contract with Brazil Hospitality Group to manage the group's 26 hotels, which range from midprice to luxury. The company faced a challenging environment in Brazil in 2016, and full-year revenue per available room…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Mar 17, 8:50pm -
  • FRHI Sales Vet Will Oversee Associated Luxury Hotels International
    Associated Luxury Hotels has appointed Mark Sergot as chief sales officer. In the new position for the company, he will oversee sales operations, team development and deployment and account services for Associated Luxury Hotels International, ALH's g…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Mar 17, 4:40pm -
  • What's on the Mind of Airbnb's New Head of Business Travel
    Airbnb is quickly carving a place for itself in the managed travel space. In the past two years, the company has launched tools geared toward travel managers, partnered with a corporate lodging provider, opened its business platform up to third-party…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Mar 17, 11:00pm -
  • HRS Adds Magnuson Hotels
    HRS will add independent hotel group Magnuson Hotels' more than 1,000 hotels to its system. Magnuson is headquartered in London and Spokane, Wash., and features properties across the upscale, upper-midprice, midprice and economy segments, mostly in t…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Mar 17, 9:15pm -
  • House Bill Puts Passenger Facility Charge Hike Back on the Table
    Under a bill introduced in the U.S House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee this week, airports would gain freedom to raise passenger facility charges for the first time in more than a decade.
    - 21 days ago, 2 Mar 17, 9:10pm -
  • Q2 Business Transient Bookings Are Up at North American Hotels
    Second-quarter business transient bookings at North American hotels are up 3.7 percent from this same time last year, according to TravelClick. ADR for the segment is also up 4.5 percent. Committed occupancy for the group segment for the second-quart…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Mar 17, 8:40pm -
  • HRS Will Launch Rate Audit Tool
    Next month, HRS will introduce Rate Protector, which audits corporate rates as they are loaded into the HRS reservations system. Rate Protector verifies the loaded rate, availability rules and whether breakfast is included against the terms of the ne…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Mar 17, 3:10pm -
  • Concur CEO Weighs In on Amex GBT/KDS's Ability to Compete
    Concur claimed 45 million users at the end of 2016, up from 32 million a year prior. Concur CEO Steve Singh, who also is president of SAP Business Networks and Applications and an SAP executive board member, spoke with BTN.
    - 22 days ago, 1 Mar 17, 8:50pm -
  • Air France-KLM Names U.S. GM
    Air France-KLM has promoted Stephane Ormand to VP and general manager of U.S. operations. Ormand has worked with Air France since 1998, prior to its merger with KLM, and most recently served as VP of pricing and revenue management for short- and medi…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Mar 17, 6:30pm -
  • Marriott Taps Starwood Exec to Lead Rewards Integration
    Marriott International has appointed David Fleuck as its new SVP of loyalty. He will oversee Marriott Rewards and "provide global leadership and strategic direction for the future combined loyalty program" for Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Gue…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Mar 17, 6:05pm -
  • Etihad Starts Codesharing with EgyptAir
    Etihad Airways and EgyptAir began codesharing on Wednesday, each carrier placing its respective code on the other's flights between Abu Dhabi and Cairo. The carriers plan to expand the agreement to include Etihad's flights to the Asia/Pacific region…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Mar 17, 4:25pm -

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