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  • News: First Warner Bros. Hotel to open on Yas Island in 2021
    Miral and Warner Bros. have partnered to launch the first Warner Bros. branded hotel – the WB Abu Dhabi. Currently in development on Yas Island, it is set to open in 2021.
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 9:28am -
  • News: easyJet to offer first Tunisia flights since 2015
    easyJet has announced it will operate 25 new routes next summer, including two new destinations from the UK. New services to Enfidia, Tunisia, and Tirana in Albania are among the collection of new routes which are now on sale. 
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:31am -
  • News: Wyndham debuts two properties in Muscat, Oman
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts continues to ramp up its expansion across the Middle East, with the opening of two new hotels in Muscat, capital of Oman.
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:24am -
  • News: Thanksgiving drives London Heathrow to record November
    Heathrow has recorded its busiest ever November, with over 6.2 million passengers travelling through the airport. Passengers heading to the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving helped push up traffic figures on the back of new services. 
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:11am -
  • News: Air Canada Rouge launches new Quito connection
    Departing from Quito International Airport earlier, Air Canada Rouge has launched a thrice weekly non-stop flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:06am -

Business Travel News

  • Multiple Lawsuits Allege Major Hotel Cos. Failed to Prevent U.S. Sex Trafficking
    At least two federal lawsuits and one motion to consolidate 21 existing cases were filed Dec. 9 on behalf of women claiming they were sexually trafficked at hotels and that the hotel companies knew this behavior was happening and profited from it. Th…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Dec 19, 12:40am -
  • BA, Iberia to Hike Some GDS Booking Surcharges
    International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia next month will again raise their surcharge on global distribution system bookings, BA alerted agencies this month.
    - 1 day ago, 13 Dec 19, 6:50pm -
  • CWT Adds Travelport NDC Veteran to Air Distribution Team
    CWT has appointed former Travelport executive Charlie Sullivan as head of product for its air distribution team.
    - 2 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:25pm -
  • TripActions Names Tuchscherer to New CFO Role
    Business travel management provider TripActions has hired Thomas Tuchscherer to the newly created role of chief financial officer. As CFO, Tuchscherer will oversee TripActions' financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, investor rela…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 8:05pm -
  • Delta Private Jets to Combine with Wheels Up
    Delta Air Lines next year will merge its Delta Private Jets business into private aviation platform Wheels Up.  
    - 2 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 6:05pm -
  • Ground Transport Solution miMeetings Partners with Amex M&E, Cvent
    American Express Meetings & Events has launched its Meetings Ground Transportation platform, using technology from global ground transportation provider miMeetings.
    - 2 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 5:15pm -
  • IATA Cuts 2019 Airline Profit Forecasts but Sees Improvement in 2020
    Airlines are marking their 10th consecutive year of profitability in 2019, though profits are down significantly from earlier forecasts due to stunted economic growth, according to a forecast from the International Air Transport Association.  
    - 2 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 4:50pm -
  • Holiday Shift Clipped October U.S. Domestic Business Travel
    Domestic U.S. business travel declined 1.6 percent year over year, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index, primarily due to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays falling in October instead of September this year.  Holiday cal…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Dec 19, 4:45am -
  • O'Donohoe Returns to Groups360 as VP of Brand Engagement
    Four months after receiving a combined $50 million investment from four major hotel companies, Groups360 has rehired David O'Donohoe as the meetings marketplace's VP of brand engagement, overseeing its relationships with hotels. O'Donohoe previousl…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 6:45pm -
  • Onex Closes WestJet Acquisition
    Investment firm Onex Corp. has completed its $5 billion acquisition of WestJet, the company announced.
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 6:05pm -
  • Delta Exits Gol Stake
    Delta Air Lines has sold its stake in Gol, which represented more than 5 percent of the carrier.
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 6:00pm -
  • Brussels Airlines Names New CEO
    Brussels Airlines CFO Dieter Vranckx will become the carrier's CEO on Jan. 1, the Lufthansa Group announced.
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 5:55pm -
  • Enterprise Promotes Taylor to CEO
    Enterprise Holdings president and chief operating officer Chrissy Taylor will become the company's CEO on Jan. 1, putting the reins of Enterprise back in the hands of its founding family.
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 5:15pm -
  • Pop-Up Lodging Company WhyHotel Secures $20 Million in Series B Funding
    WhyHotel has secured more than $20 million in a Series B funding round led by Harbert Growth Partners, the company announced. The company operates pop-up hotels, typically 100 to 250 rooms, in newly built, luxury apartment buildings as a way for deve…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 4:30pm -
  • Flight Centre Americas President Smith to Step Down
    Flight Centre Travel Group's Dean Smith on Jan. 1 will step down from his role as Americas president, the company announced. He plans to retire on June 30, 2020, the end of the travel management company's financial year.  
    - 4 days ago, 11 Dec 19, 12:20am -
  • Survey: Companies Still Struggle to Determine Travel ROI
    Many organizations continue to struggle to calculate the return on travel and entertainment spending, according to a new survey, even as they identify it as among their biggest variable corporate costs.  
    - 4 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 11:40pm -
  • Hyatt Expands SLH Partnership
    Hyatt Hotels Corp. has expanded its World of Hyatt loyalty alliance with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
    - 4 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 9:00pm -
  • American Airlines to Add New Service from Austin
    Next April, American Airlines will begin twice-daily weekday service between Austin and each Boston and San Jose, Calif. The service, which deviates from American's traditional hub-and-spoke routing, was based on "strong demand" from customers, parti…
    - 4 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 4:00pm -
  • Egencia Launches Emissions Tracking Tool
    A new tool from Egencia enables the travel management company's corporate clients to track carbon emissions from trips and use that data to help reduce the carbon footprint of their travel programs and reach sustainability goals.  
    - 5 days ago, 10 Dec 19, 3:50pm -
  • Airbnb Contributes to Zeus Living's $55 Million Series B Funding
    Extended-stay furnished housing provider Zeus Living has secured $55 million in Series B funding with investments from Airbnb, Comcast, CEAS Investments and TI Platform Management, continuing this year's streak of investments in the corporate furnish…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Dec 19, 10:35pm -
  • Chereque to Depart Amex GBT, Former BA Exec Named CCO
    American Express Global Business Travel president Philippe Chereque will leave the company on March 31, 2020—but Chereque won't be cutting ties with Amex GBT completely. After departing the travel management company, he will join Certares, the trav…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Dec 19, 10:20pm -
  • Air Italy & Oman Air Start Codesharing
    Air Italy and Oman Air have begun codesharing out of the carriers' hubs in Milan and Muscat. Air Italy has put its code on Oman Air's flights between Milan and Muscat, while Oman Air has added its code on Air Italy flights between Milan and Rome, Nap…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Dec 19, 9:00pm -
  • Accor Sells Stake in Huazhu Group
    Accor has sold half of its 10 percent stake in Chinese hotel management company Huazhu Group Limited, formerly known as China Lodging Group, for $451 million, according to Accor. In addition to keeping about a 5 percent stake, Accor chairman and CEO…
    - 5 days ago, 9 Dec 19, 6:50pm -
  • Forecast Projects Declining U.S. Share of Global Travel Demand
    In 2020, the U.S. will continue to lose share of total global long-haul travel and see the slowest pace of domestic travel growth in four years, according to a forecast by the U.S. Travel Association.
    - 8 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 10:10pm -
  • Business Travel by the Numbers
    For the fourth time this year, STR downgraded its 2019 U.S. hotel forecast, and now calls this year the industry’s worst since the 2007-2009 recession, based on RevPAR. STR also outlined global year-over-year ADR and occupancy changes for the summe…
    - 8 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 10:00pm -
  • CWT M&E Restructures Management, with Wagner as 'Advisor'
    CWT Meetings & Events has restructured its management team, which follows the departure of former global head Cindy Fisher, according to the company. BTN has learned that Tony Wagner, who has been with the company since 2007, will continue through ye…
    - 8 days ago, 6 Dec 19, 4:45pm -
  • IATA: Global October Air Passenger Demand Increases
    Global air passenger demand in October grew 3.4 percent year over year, according to the International Air Transport Association. Global capacity grew 2.2 percent year over year. Global load factor grew 0.9 percentage points to 82 percent, a record f…
    - 9 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 9:35pm -
  • Kirby to Succeed Munoz as United CEO in May 2020
    United CEO Oscar Munoz will step down in May and be replaced by current United president Scott Kirby, United announced Thursday.  
    - 9 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 8:30pm -
  • South African Airways Enters Bankruptcy Protection
    South African Airways' board has voted to put the carrier into a "business rescue" bankruptcy protection program to save it from collapse. 
    - 9 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 8:25pm -
  • VAT Law Change Could Trigger Business Travel Cost Hikes in Germany
    Corporates could lose their ability to reclaim value-added tax on hotel and other bookings in Germany after the country's parliament last week approved important changes to its tax regime. The new rules will apply where a travel service provider, suc…
    - 9 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 5:30pm -
  • OYO Names New India, South Asia CEO
    OYO Hotels & Homes has appointed Rohit Kapoor as CEO for India and South Asia. He most recently was CEO of OYO's new real estate businesses, where he oversaw the growth of OYO Life, the company's long-term rental housing portfolio. Kapoor replaces Ad…
    - 10 days ago, 5 Dec 19, 3:10am -
  • Study: More than 20 Percent of Business Travelers Cite Negative Mental Health Effects
    More than one in five business travelers said traveling for work negatively affected their mental health, according to a new study. Conducted by YouGov on behalf of travel booking and management provider NexTravel, the online survey canvassed more t…
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 19, 11:00pm -
  • American Adds Passport-Scanning Tech to Mobile App
    American Airlines has added a passport-scanning feature to its mobile app, with which passengers can scan relevant information and go to their gate without having passports checked by customer service agents.
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 19, 10:35pm -
  • Deem Names Three to Key Sales Positions
    Corporate travel booking and management provider Deem has made a trio of new leadership appointments, naming David Grace as chief revenue officer, Annette Cumming as vice president of channel sales and Christina Woronchak to a strategic advisory role…
    - 10 days ago, 4 Dec 19, 9:05pm -
  • Jet Linx CEO Sees 'Ever Increasing' Private Aviation Demand After New York Market Entry
    Private aviation company Jet Linx recently opened its 18th base location, a private terminal at northern New Jersey's Teterboro Airport, as part of its ongoing expansion in the Northeast. The company's model differs from other private aviation firms…
    - 11 days ago, 4 Dec 19, 12:45pm -
  • Delta, Latam Plan to Launch Codeshares Within Next Four Months
    Delta Air Lines and Latam Airlines Group plan to begin codesharing within the first quarter of 2020 pending regulatory approval, the carriers announced. The codesharing, in advance of the joint venture agreement Delta and Latam announced earlier th…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 19, 10:50pm -
  • Ken Greene Departs Radisson Hotel Group
    Ken Greene, president of the Americas for Radisson Hotel Group, resigned from the company effective Dec. 2, citing personal reasons, the company announced. Radisson has started a search for his replacement. 
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 19, 9:10pm -
  • Wyndham Appoints New CFO
    David Wyshner has stepped down as CFO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and will be succeeded by Michele Allen, formerly EVP and treasurer, effective immediately. Wyshner will serve in a senior advisory role reporting to CEO Geoff Ballotti until March 1, 2…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 19, 9:00pm -
  • Red Lion Hotels Appoints Industry Veteran as Interim CEO
    Red Lion Hotels Corp. appointed John Russell Jr. as interim CEO, replacing Greg Mount, who left the company in November after serving nearly six years in the role. Russell has 40 years of hospitality experience, most recently a president and COO of…
    - 11 days ago, 3 Dec 19, 8:50pm -
  • BTN Names 2019 Most Influential in Business Travel
    BTN announced its annual list of the 25 Most Influential People in Business Travel on Monday. To arrive at the list, BTN editors tracked the trends and events impacting business travel and identified those who have exerted pressure on the market, inf…
    - 12 days ago, 3 Dec 19, 1:25pm -
  • AirPlus Managing Director Diemer to Step Down
    AirPlus managing director Patrick Diemer will leave the company at the end of this year, the company announced. He'll be replaced by Oliver Wagner, who currently serves as chief commercial officer for Eurowings, the low-cost carrier owned by AirPlus…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 9:00pm -
  • Tech-Forward Travel Booking and Management Apps
    A new crop of tech-forward, mobile-first travel management startups have found success offering a traveler-friendly booking and trip service experience. Check out BTN's comparison of the features available from three of the most high-profile provider…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 7:50pm -
  • Has Norwegian's Low-Cost Long-Haul Model Rebounded?
    Turn the clock back to the start of 2019, and people were wondering whether fast-growing airline Norwegian, with its low-cost short- and long-haul model, had grown a little too fast.  A healthy net profit of NOK 1.135 billion ($109 million) in 2016…
    - 12 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 7:45pm -
  • Meetings Solution Bizly Shares Expansion Plans & Tech Vision
    Meetings sourcing and management solution Bizly received an honorable mention at BTN's 2019 Innovation Faceoff, where founder and CEO Ron Shah presented some of the changes in the works for the technology tool, which he has dubbed Bizly 2.0.
    - 13 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 3:50pm -
  • Finastra's Ruggiero Ready to Go Cold Turkey on Air RFPs
    When Finastra director of global travel management Mauro Ruggiero completed his airline RFP two years ago, it might have been the last time he ever goes through the process. The U.K.-based financial software firm, which has upwards of $25 million in…
    - 13 days ago, 2 Dec 19, 1:00pm -
  • United Opens Clear Lanes in Chicago O'Hare
    This week, expedited security program Clear opened new lanes in Chicago O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 1 in partnership with United Airlines. 
    - 17 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 5:40pm -
  • Brazil to Test Global Entry Participation with Small Traveler Group
    Brazil and the United States soon will conduct a pilot program for Brazil's participation in the Global Entry program.  
    - 17 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 5:20pm -
  • Business Travelers Find Company Travel Tech Lagging
    Corporate travelers want better travel technology from their employers as well as more options when it comes to booking travel, according to a study commissioned by SAP Concur.
    - 18 days ago, 27 Nov 19, 4:55am -
  • ATPCO's Next Generation Storefront Is Coming to a Distribution Channel Near You
    ATPCO has finalized the first version of the Next Generation Storefront standard for the U.S. domestic market, a year after the initiative to develop the standard was launched at ATPCO's 2018 Elevate Conference. NGS standardizes how online booking t…
    - 18 days ago, 26 Nov 19, 9:05pm -
  • CWT Survey: One-Third of Oil & Gas Companies Measure Traveler Health, Safety
    About 32 percent of oil and gas executives recently surveyed by travel management company CWT indicated their firms measure and report the impact of traveler health, safety and well-being.  
    - 18 days ago, 26 Nov 19, 5:45pm -
  • Midsize Hotel Programs: Strike the Right Balance in a Changing Landscape
    Travel buyers with small and medium-sized programs have more choices than ever in finding discounts and special pricing for hotels. Sadly, it has not made pulling a hotel program together any easier. Figuring out the magic mix to optimize options can…
    - 19 days ago, 26 Nov 19, 3:30am -
  • Pana Wins 2019 Innovator of the Year Award & People's Choice Award
    "You're great at a niche and [solving] an area that's really needed for nonemployees and invitees," said Norm Rose, judging in the final round of BTN's Innovation Faceoff. That was music to the ears of Pana co-founder & CEO Devon Tivona, who launched…
    - 19 days ago, 26 Nov 19, 3:00am -
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Updates Visa Waiver Program Portal
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week introduced two features to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, the online portal through which U.S. Visa Waiver Program applicants apply to travel to the United States. The enhanced portal enab…
    - 19 days ago, 25 Nov 19, 7:20pm -
  • BCD Travel Earns Concur's Highest Partnership Certification
    BCD Travel this month earned Elite partner certification from SAP Concur, becoming the first of the three largest U.S. travel management companies to do so since Concur's revamped Partner Program for TMCs rolled out in September.  
    - 19 days ago, 25 Nov 19, 6:40pm -
  • Amex GBT Adds Apple Business Chat for Midsize Customers, Eyes Additional Segments
    American Express Global Business Travel has enabled U.S. midmarket customers to use Apple Business Chat to communicate with live GBT support agents using the Messages app for iOS. Apple Business Chat now is available for 1,500 midsized GBT corporate…
    - 22 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 7:50pm -
  • British Airways, Pilots' Union Reach Agreement
    British Airways' pilots' union is recommending its members accept a new pay proposal offered by the carrier, ending a dispute that resulted in the first strike in its history earlier this year, according to The Financial Times. 
    - 22 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 7:35pm -
  • Extended Stay America Appoints New CEO, EVPs
    Extended Stay America named lodging industry veteran Bruce Haase as its new president and CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Jonathan Halkyard, who began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2018, and who will continue to advise the company through Feb. 25, 20…
    - 22 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 5:45pm -
  • Cvent Metrics Highlight Group-Demand Challenges Ahead
    All four metrics for requests for proposals for future meetings tracked during the third quarter by Cvent declined year over year. The average group block size dropped 0.7 percent to 222.2 rooms, average peak room nights declined 0.3 percent to 74.4…
    - 22 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 5:40pm -
  • DOT Gives Final Approval to Delta, Air France-KLM, Virgin Atlantic JV
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval of antitrust immunity to the joint venture of Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic, allowing the carriers to combine their two separate agreements with Delta into a sing…
    - 23 days ago, 22 Nov 19, 4:30am -
  • Yapta Continues Growth Spurt with Japanese TMC Deal
    One of Japan's biggest travel management companies has signed on with hotel and airfare price tracking specialist Yapta. JTB Business Travel Solutions, a joint venture between JTB and CWT, will offer Yapta's FareIQ and RoomIQ services to its corporat…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Nov 19, 8:40pm -
  • American Bulks Up Domestic Network for Summer 2020
    American Airlines has announced 15 new domestic routes in its summer 2020 schedule, including service to Alaska's largest cities and the Iowa and Mississippi capitals. Daily service between Anchorage and Chicago O'Hare as well as daily service betwee…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Nov 19, 8:05pm -
  • CBRE Forecasts Muted Growth Through 2021 for U.S. Hospitality Industry
    In synch with recent corporate and STR U.S. hotel industry downgraded forecasts, CBRE Hotels in its December 2019 Hotel Horizons report anticipates a continued industry slowdown through 2021. Still, the report calls for continued growth during the p…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Nov 19, 8:00pm -
  • ARC CEO Mike Premo to Retire at Year-End 2020
    Airlines Reporting Corp. informed employees today that president & CEO Mike Premo will retire from the company on Dec. 31, 2020. ARC's board of directors has unanimously elected current executive VP & chief operating officer Lauri Reishus to step int…
    - 23 days ago, 21 Nov 19, 7:15pm -
  • JAL to Expand from Haneda in March
    Japan Airlines is using newly acquired daytime slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to expand to 34 total international routes from the airport and build on relationships with partner carriers.  
    - 24 days ago, 21 Nov 19, 3:05am -
  • Etihad Airways Targets Corporates with 'Boutique' Strategy
    Etihad Airways chief commercial officer Robin Kamark and Americas VP Vincent Frascogna spoke with BTN assistant editor and staff writer Dawit Habtemariam about Etihad's growth strategies.
    - 24 days ago, 20 Nov 19, 6:05pm -

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