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  • BreakingSurvey: Business Travelers Becoming Less Comfortable About Traveling
    Business travelers are becoming less comfortable with resuming travel, according to a new survey from industry advocacy group Travel Again, even as multiple potential Covid-19 vaccines have been publicly reported as apparently effective. Between Oct.…
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Dec 20, 2:45am -
  • BreakingExecutive Travel Adds Tripkicks Messaging to OBT
    Fresh off garnering People's Choice honors at BTN's recent Innovation Faceoff, Tripkicks has signed a partnership with travel management company Executive Travel. Under the pact, Executive Travel will integrate Tripkicks' messaging platform into its…
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Dec 20, 2:25am -
  • BreakingPartnership Travel Consulting Expands Footprint in U.S., EMEA
    Partnership Travel Consulting has expanded its footprint with three recent hires in the United States, United Kingdom and India. 
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Dec 20, 2:20am -
  • BreakingAmadeus, Citi Unveil Currency Conversion Optimization Tool for Suppliers
    Amadeus has launched a new tool designed to enable suppliers, including travel agencies, airlines and hotels, to realize incremental revenue in their currency conversion processes by accessing the most favorable exchange rates when displaying prices…
    - 7 hours ago, 2 Dec 20, 10:45pm -
  • BreakingEvent Planning Platform Bizzabo Raises $138M, Plans Expansion
    Meeting and event planning platform Bizzabo has raised $138 million in a Series E round of financing, the company announced. This recent round brings the company's total funding raised to $194 million since Bizzabo's 2012 founding as an event app.  
    - 9 hours ago, 2 Dec 20, 8:20pm -
  • Former CWT Payments VP Holmes Heads to Amex
    After nearly two years as CWT's vice president of payments, David Holmes has left the mega TMC for a virtual and travel payments leadership role with American Express. Holmes now serves as vice president of the virtual payments platform and central t…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Dec 20, 11:40pm -
  • Delta Creates New Global Sales VP Role
    Delta Air Lines has promoted Delta Cargo VP Shawn Cole to a newly created VP of global sales role, effective Tuesday, the carrier announced.  
    - 1 day ago, 1 Dec 20, 7:05pm -
  • Event Sourcing Company Planned Raises C$4.7M
    Montreal-based meeting and event sourcing company Planned has raised C$4.7 million (approximately US$3.6 million) in venture capital, the company announced. With C$2.3 million in seed money raised previously at the end of 2018, its total funding come…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Dec 20, 4:35pm -
  • American to Provide Covid Tests, Verification App for Travelers to Chile
    American Airlines soon will provide testing and a mobile app for document verification for travel to Chile, the carrier announced.  
    - 2 days ago, 1 Dec 20, 4:40am -
  • Amtrak Promotes Gardner to Newly Established President Position
    Amtrak has promoted SVP and chief operating and commercial officer Stephen Gardner to the newly established role of president, effective Dec. 1. 
    - 2 days ago, 1 Dec 20, 3:15am -
  • 'Covid-Tested' Flights Between Italy, U.S. to Begin in Mid-December
    Delta Air Lines and Alitalia will begin operating "Covid-tested" flights between Rome and the United States that allow select travelers to avoid quarantine requirements upon arrival in Italy.  
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 7:55pm -
  • Hyatt Halves Loyalty Program Elite-Status Qualifications
    Hyatt Hotels Corp. has reduced the qualifications needed to achieve elite status for World of Hyatt loyalty members by 50 percent for the 2021 calendar year, the company announced.   
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 7:50pm -
  • Convene Closes Three NYC Locations
    Meeting and event space provider Convene closed three New York City locations in mid-October, the company confirmed. 
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 7:45pm -
  • The Path to Purposeful Travel
    In a column for BTN in May 2020, I shared this line: "They say you don't truly know the value of something until it's no longer there. Well, the ability to travel is currently gone. So now is the time to assess its true value." In the months to foll…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 7:40pm -
  • BCG Targets Travel for Intensive CO2 Reduction
    Global management consultancy Boston Consulting Group has pledged to cut its business travel-related carbon emissions at least 30 percent per full-time employee by the year 2025 from 2018 levels. Slashing business travel emissions is central to BCG'…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 7:55pm -
  • Sixt Launches Service in New Zealand
    German car rental firm Sixt has appointed Premium Mobility Services as its franchise partner in New Zealand. 
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 7:50pm -
  • Delta Pilots Agree to Deal to Prevent Involuntary Furloughs
    Delta Air Lines' pilots have approved an agreement that cuts guaranteed flying hours in exchange for a promise of no involuntary furloughs through the end of next year. 
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 7:50pm -
  • Accor to Take Full Ownership of SBE Hospitality Group
    Accor has acquired the remaining 50 percent of the SBE hospitality group it didn't already own, the companies announced Tuesday, and will take full ownership of SBE's portfolio of luxury and lifestyle hotels, primarily in the United States and Europe…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 7:45pm -
  • Transforming the Business Travel Industry
    It's become pretty clear to me that humans don't evolve and transform unless confronted with a crisis so extreme that we have no choice but to break from the status quo and change our context.
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 7:40pm -
  • IATA Develops Carbon Offset Trading Platform
    The International Air Transport Association has launched a trading platform for airlines and other companies in the aviation industry to buy carbon offsets.  
    - 7 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 6:15pm -
  • GBTA Completes Acquisition of ACTE Assets
    The Global Business Travel Association has completed its acquisition of certain assets of the former Association of Corporate Travel Executives, which shuttered in April as an early business travel industry casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
    - 8 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 2:55pm -
  • U.K. to Allow Shorter Quarantine for Inbound Travelers, After Negative Test
    Travelers arriving in England beginning Dec. 15 from countries not on the United Kingdom government's travel corridors list will be able to cut short their quarantine by getting a negative test no sooner than five days after arrival, the U.K. transpo…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 11:15pm -
  • IATA Approves Willie Walsh as Director General
    Members of the International Air Transport Association ratified former International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh as its new director general at their annual meeting on Tuesday.
    - 8 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 7:40pm -
  • ATPCO Develops Platform to Simplify Fare Filing
    ATPCO has launched a new platform, dubbed Architect, to simply and consolidate the fare filing process for airlines, the company announced Tuesday.  
    - 9 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 2:00pm -
  • Amtrak Pleads for Funding as 2020 Ridership, Revenue Plummet
    Amtrak's fiscal year 2020 total operating revenue dropped almost 32 percent year over year to $2.3 billion, and total customer trips fell by more than 15 million to 16.8 million, the rail service announced. Amtrak's fiscal year ended Sept. 30.
    - 9 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 3:10am -
  • Alaska Adds to Boeing Max Fleet While Readying its Return
    Alaska Airlines is selling 10 of its Airbus A320s to Air Lease Corp. and later will lease 13 new Boeing 737-9 Max planes from them when they are delivered beginning in late 2021.  
    - 9 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 10:40pm -
  • Visa, Conferma Launch Corporate Virtual Payment Platform
    Visa and Conferma Pay are teaming up to roll out a new suite of corporate virtual payments services, six months after the companies forged a partnership to boost virtual card issuance by banks.  
    - 9 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 10:30pm -
  • Former IAG CEO Willie Walsh to Succeed de Juniac as IATA Head
    Former International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh will succeed Alexandre de Juniac as director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association next year, IATA announced.  
    - 9 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 8:05pm -
  • United to Launch Covid Testing for 10 Latin American, Caribbean Markets
    United Airlines on Dec. 7 will begin making Covid-19 tests available for travelers to 10 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.
    - 9 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 8:00pm -
  • For IHG, SME Focus Offers an Edge
    InterContinental Hotels Group in 2018 introduced its Business Edge product, geared toward small and midsize companies, and the company says it has quickly grown, even during the pandemic. BTN senior lodging editor Donna M. Airoldi spoke with IHG SVP…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 9:55pm -
  • WestJet Partners for Covid-19 Testing Program for Travelers to Hawaii
    WestJet is offering travelers to Hawaii access to Covid-19 testing, following a decision by the state to allow visitors from Canada to skip the required 14-day quarantine with negative test results.  
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 8:20pm -
  • AmTrav to Adopt Journera Travel Data Sharing Platform
    Travel data sharing specialist Journera has signed AmTrav at its first corporate travel management company user, the company announced Friday. 
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 7:40pm -
  • Alaska, American Reciprocal Benefits for Elites to Come in March
    American Airlines and Alaska Airlines will begin offering reciprocal benefits to elite members of one another's loyalty programs in the spring, the carriers announced.
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 7:35pm -
  • Etc.venues Sees Group Bookings Increase on News of Covid-19 Vaccine
    Meeting and event space provider Etc.venues, which has spaces in the U.K. and New York City, saw a "noticeable increase" in bookings for in-person events on both sides of the pond immediately following the announcements of successful Covid-19 vaccine…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 6:15pm -
  • Extended Stay America Adds Seven Properties to Its Portfolio
    Extended Stay America has added seven new properties to its portfolio through conversions, bringing the total number of hotels in its system to 647, the company announced. The properties are owned by the New York-based Three Wall Capital and will be…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 6:10pm -
  • GBTA Survey: Amid Vaccine Talk, Half of Buyers Say Travelers Somewhat Ready to Go
    Half of travel buyers indicated their organizations' employees now are very or somewhat willing to travel, according to a new Global Business Travel Association survey. The survey, conducted Nov. 9-16, coincides with news of the apparent efficacy of…
    - 13 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 12:15pm -
  • Delta to Add Facial Recognition Checkpoints in Detroit
    Delta Air Lines is building a "curb-to-gate" facial recognition program for domestic travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.  
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:35pm -
  • Singapore Airlines to Restart San Francisco Service
    Singapore Airlines will restore nonstop service to San Francisco next month, the carrier announced. 
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 10:00pm -
  • American Eliminates Change Fees for Long-Haul International Flights from Americas
    American Airlines has expanded its elimination of change fees to cover most long-haul international tickets originating in the Americas.
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 8:30pm -
  • Etihad, El Al Plan to Codeshare
    Etihad Airways and El Al Israel Airlines have signed a preliminary agreement for eventual cooperation, including codesharing and reciprocal loyalty program benefits.
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 8:25pm -
  • JetBlue Opens JFK Testing Center, Supplies Self-Testing Kits
    JetBlue has partnered with state and health authorities to open a Covid-19 testing site for both travelers and airline and airport employees at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.  
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 7:30pm -
  • Enterprise to Equip All Rental Cars with Clorox Wipes
    Enterprise Holdings on Thursday announced a partnership with disinfectant manufacturer Clorox and said it will provide one Clorox disinfecting wipe in all its rental cars. The rollout will begin in the southeastern United States this month, then expa…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 7:30pm -
  • Shep Plugs into Automated Safety Data from Sitata
    Travel messaging specialist Shep has entered a strategic partnership with duty-of-care provider Sitata. Under the alliance, Sitata will source health and safety data and guidance which can be delivered via pop-up alerts to travelers booking trips to…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 7:05pm -
  • STR: U.S. Hotel Performance Shows Continued Slippage in October
    U.S. hotel industry performance metrics showed continued slippage in October compared with September, according to STR. Occupancy increased a tick to 48.3 percent compared with 48 percent for the prior month, yet that level represents a 30.1 percent…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 6:45pm -
  • IHG Reorganizes Global Sales Team with New Appointments
    InterContinental Hotels Group is reshuffling its global sales team with new appointments, effective Dec. 1, according to the company.  
    - 13 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 6:40pm -
  • Apartment-Style Provider Domio Under 'Financial Re-Engineering'
    Short-term apartment-style lodging provider Domio remains open for business, according to a statement that the company posted on its website late Wednesday evening, but is in the midst of a planned "financial re-engineering" process.
    - 14 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 3:20pm -
  • FAA Lifts Boeing 737 Max Grounding Order
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has rescinded its grounding order for the Boeing 737 Max, clearing the way for U.S. carriers to return the aircraft type to their active fleets.
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 11:10pm -
  • Qatar to Codeshare with Air Canada in December
    Qatar Airways and Air Canada will begin codesharing when Air Canada launches service between Toronto and Doha next month. 
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 11:05pm -
  • Australia, New Zealand Demand Bounce Boosts Serko
    Corporate booking and expense management technology provider Serko Ltd. on Wednesday reported transactions for the six months ending Sept. 30 were down significantly year over year, as expected amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.   
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 10:10pm -
  • Egencia Debuts Travel Advisory, Trend Tracking Tools
    Egencia has added a duty-of-care feature to its online booking tool, designed to give corporate travel managers and travelers access to alerts and advisories related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other potential risk factors, as well as a data tool to…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 8:50pm -
  • Delta to Block Middle Seats Through March 2021
    Delta Air Lines has extended its policy of blocking middle seats through the end of March 2021, which would leave it the sole U.S. carrier with such a policy well into next year.
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 6:55pm -
  • Cornerstone Launches Covid-19 Data Messaging Service
    Travel data technology provider Cornerstone Information Systems has rolled out an automated email communication platform that enables corporate travel managers to deliver information related to Covid-19, including destination health risk levels, with…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 6:50pm -
  • FCM Unveils Online Policy Assessment Tool
    Travel management company FCM Travel Solutions on Tuesday launched an online travel policy assessment tool on its website, according to the company.
    - 15 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 5:15am -
  • American, British Airways to Launch Covid-19 Testing for London Passengers
    American Airlines and British Airways will begin a Covid-19 testing program on select flights to London later this month, the carriers announced.
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 10:00pm -
  • Lufthansa and Swiss to Trial Touchless Airport Tech
    Lufthansa and Swiss passengers on selected flights through Frankfurt and Munch airports this month will be able to pass through both security and the boarding gate using touchless biometric technology, according to the carriers.  
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 9:55pm -
  • Serko Signs Supplier Partnership with Group Purchasing Giant
    Serko continues expanding the distribution footprint for its Zeno travel and expense management platform, inking a new deal with group purchasing organization Omnia Partners.
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 9:15pm -
  • Hahn Air Adds New NDC Connections
    Hahn Air has connected its New Distribution Capability platform to three air content aggregators, an online travel agency and a travel assistant app, the German airline and distribution services provider announced.  
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 9:15pm -
  • Delta Adds Map Search Tool with Travel Restrictions Data
    Delta Air Lines has added a map search tool to its website with which travelers can view travel restrictions and requirements by region prior to booking through the tool.  
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 9:05pm -
  • Choice Appoints New European CEO, Ascend Head
    Choice Hotels has appointed former Wyndham Destinations and InterContinental Hotels Group executive Jonathan Mills as CEO for Choice Hotels Europe, where he will oversee and support more than 430 franchised properties in more than 20 countries, the c…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 6:10pm -
  • Deem Head Rizzo to Retire in January, Grace to Take Reins
    Deem president and CEO John Rizzo will retire in January 2021, the company announced, and current chief revenue officer David Grace is set to assume the helm of the corporate travel technology provider.   
    - 15 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 5:40pm -
  • Travel Medical Experts: Vaccines Promising, But Temper Your Enthusiasm
    BTN editorial director Elizabeth West separately spoke with three senior medical officers at travel risk, safety and security firms Global Guardian, Healix International and International SOS to get their reactions to recent Covid-19 vaccine announce…
    - 16 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 4:45am -
  • Amex M&E Forecasts Lower 2021 Mtg. Budgets, Virtual Components to Stay
    The American Express Meetings & Events 2021 Global Meetings and Events Forecast, released Monday, confirmed what many meeting planners and managers know: Hybrid meetings will be a path to in-person gatherings; small, local and regional events will be…
    - 16 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 3:00am -
  • Airbnb Files to Go Public
    Airbnb on Monday released a prospectus filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for its initial public offering.
    - 16 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 2:20am -
  • Korean Air to Acquire Asiana Airlines
    Korean Airlines has reached a deal to acquire its chief competitor Asiana Airlines, with plans to consolidate into a single airline that will dominate the Korean air market.  
    - 16 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 8:25pm -
  • Industry Reasseses as Covid-19 Surges
    The startling increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States, Europe and some other parts of the world appears to be denting not only the pace of travel’s recovery but also the attitudes toward it. Airlines Recovery Corp. sales figur…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 5:35pm -

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