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  • News: Airbus to cease production of A380 in 2021
    European plane manufacturer Airbus has taken the “painful� decision to cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021. The aircraft has struggled to compete with more efficient, smaller models in recent years.
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 10:14am -
  • News: Delta Air Lines and easyJet mull Alitalia deal
    Delta Air Lines and easyJet have confirmed they are in talks over the future of Alitalia. The American carrier and UK-based low-cost airline confirmed they have linked with Italy’s state-backed railway company Ferrovie dello Stato to examine a…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 9:38am -
  • News: Caribbean tourism looks forward with cautious optimism to year ahead
    The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the authority on regional tourism statistics and performance, is forecasting six to seven per cent growth this year, continuing an upward trend which began last September.
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 9:07am -
  • News: Leipzig Tourism Board recruits new UK public relations company
    The Leipzig Tourism Board has appointed specialist travel PR agency, Lemongrass Marketing, to manage their UK and Irish public relations. Lemongrass Marketing will be responsible for all strategic leisure and MICE communications in the region, with i…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 8:33am -
  • News: Mango PR signs global partnership with Millennium Hotels & Resorts
    Mango PR has been appointed as PR agency of record for Millennium Hotels & Resorts within the UK and US markets, working in partnership with Glodow Nead Communications of North America.
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 6:38am -

Business Travel News

  • WINiT Names VP of Business Development & Head of Consulting
    The Global Business Travel Association has named Sehrab Grewal as VP of business development and head of consulting for WINiT by GBTA. Grewal joins from J.D. Power, where she led relationships with major associations representing hotels, airlines, ai…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 9:50pm -
  • Choice Hotels' Pipeline Grows to Largest in Company's History
    While Choice ramped up its pipeline and franchise agreements in 2018, growth in the company's revenue per available room looked fragile in the final stretch of the year. Domestic systemwide RevPAR increased just 0.7 percent year over year in the four…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 9:45pm -
  • Amex GBT Appoints VP of Global Product Strategy & Digital Experience
    American Express Global Business Travel has hired Mark McSpadden as VP of global product strategy and digital experience. He will be responsible for product-driven revenue and will support the delivery of GBT's product road map while working with the…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 9:35pm -
  • FAA Rating Paves Way for Vietnamese Carriers to Establish U.S. Service
    The FAA has given Vietnam a Category 1 rating in international safety standards, green-lighting Vietnamese carriers to establish service to the U.S. and for U.S. carriers to codeshare with Vietnamese carriers.
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 6:05pm -
  • Air Canada Grew Business Cabin Revenue in Q4
    Air Canada's passenger revenue increased 11.3 percent year over year in the fourth quarter to 3.8 billion Canadian dollars, including a 12.5 percent increase in business cabin revenue. Traffic jumped 7.2 percent, and capacity rose 5.8 percent, pushin…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 6:05pm -
  • UATP Rolls Out Virtual Cards with Conferma
    UATP has launched a virtual card issuance and delivery platform powered by Conferma Pay. Integrated directly at point of sale in all major global distribution systems, more than 100 booking tools and 500 travel management companies, the service is ai…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 1:35pm -
  • IHG Acquires Luxury Brand
    InterContinental Hotels Group has acquired luxury hotel brand Six Senses for $300 million in cash. IHG will acquire all Six Senses' operating companies and its Six Senses and Evason brands. Real estate assets will not be included. Six Senses manages…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 7:00am -
  • Acquisition of Two Roads Buffered Tough Q4 for Hyatt
    Hyatt's net income soared to $769 million in 2018, despite a 79.2 percent year-over-year decline in fourth-quarter net income to $44 million and a mere 1.5 percent year-over-year rise in revenue per available room in the final stretch of 2018. Full-…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 7:00am -
  • Jet Airways Board Approves Rescue Plan
    Jet Airways' board has approved a restructuring plan proposed by its lenders to keep it afloat amid a funding gap of nearly 85 billion rupees ($1.2 billion). The proposal includes debt restructuring and conversion of debt into equity shares, as well…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 9:50pm -
  • Hilton Predicts 2019 Growth Ahead of Industry Trends
    Hilton Worldwide reported low-single-digit growth in average daily rate and room revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018, along with double-digit growth in management and franchise fees, which have been a strength throughout the year. The company beat…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 9:50pm -
  • Air Canada Will Increase Regional Capacity
    Air Canada is boosting capacity on several regional routes this summer by upgauging to larger aircraft. In Eastern Canada, Air Canada will replace Air Canada Express regional aircraft to Air Canada Rouge aircraft, which will add two-cabin seating and…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 6:10pm -
  • Airbus Will Cease A380 Production Over Next Two Years
    Airbus is ending production on its A380 aircraft now that Emirates has slashed its orders of the aircraft by 39. Emirates had been the largest customer by far of the aircraft, the world's largest passenger jet, and the carrier's decision to cut its o…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 5:00pm -
  • BCD's Profile System Upgrade Emphasizes Rich Data, Security Controls
    BCD Travel has unveiled an enhanced version of its TripSource Profile Manager system. The travel management company said the move will offer its corporate clients more robust profile options and access to management capabilities that enable finer con…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 5:40am -
  • Wyndham to Refresh Midscale & Economy Brands
    The May acquisition of La Quinta continues to bolster Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The hotel company's revenue grew from $312 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $527 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. La Quinta was responsible for $198 milli…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Feb 19, 11:35pm -
  • Rocketrip Names New Chief Product Officer
    Trip savings and incentivizing platform Rocketrip has named Greg Fraser its first chief product officer. He will oversee product strategy, including growth and service enhancements. He previously served as Investopedia SVP of product for more than th…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Feb 19, 10:10pm -
  • Consumer Price Index Shows Declining Airfares
    The average airfare paid in the U.S. in January declined 0.9 percent from December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the third consecutive month of decline, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index. Year over year, fares in Janu…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Feb 19, 10:10pm -
  • Travel Policies Should Prepare for Premium Economy Expansion
    As both scope of and demand for premium class air travel rise this year, travel buyers increasingly will need to tweak premium class travel policies to reflect the choices presented to their travelers. In its 2019 Air Monitor, American Express Global…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Feb 19, 10:55pm -
  • Austrian Airlines Adds Montreal & Expands Summer Schedule
    On April 29, Austrian Airlines will begin daily service between Vienna and Montreal as part of new services planned for the summer. In addition, the carrier will boost its service to Tokyo, Los Angeles and the New York area's Newark and John F. Kenne…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 19, 10:15pm -
  • Changes Brewing at Alitalia & Air France-KLM
    Alitalia on Wednesday could announce partnerships with both Delta and EasyJet to bring Alitalia out of bankruptcy, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The deal would have Alitalia maintain operational centers in Rome and Milan, Delta…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 10:00pm -
  • CWT-Serko Reseller Agreement Expands to U.S. & Canada & Adds RoomIt
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel has extended its reseller agreement with Serko, expanding availability of Serko's award-winning Zeno T&E platform to CWT clients in the U.S. and Canada. Serko had made Zeno, which specializes in small and midsize enterprises,…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 9:20pm -
  • Amex M&E Builds Out the Meetings Marketplace
    American Express Meetings & Events announced its Meetings Marketplace concept late last year, without much detail. In fact, BTN didn't cover the announcement because there wasn't enough information, either strategic or tactical. As the pieces fall in…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 19, 4:00pm -
  • Fred Reid Will Develop Airbnb Transportation Strategy
    Airbnb has hired air industry vet Fred Reid as global head of transportation, though the hospitality platform remains vague as to its intentions for the industry. Reid will "focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless," acco…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Feb 19, 6:05pm -
  • Great Hotels of the World Plans to Expand into U.S.
    Great Hotels of the World wants to expand its footprint into the U.S. The European hotel marketing and distribution consortium plans to add six properties in the U.S. by the end of 2020 and is exploring options in New York City, Miami and Dallas. Th…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 11:20pm -
  • Global Air Traffic Growth Outpaced Capacity Growth in 2018
    Global air traffic grew 6.5 percent in 2018, according to the International Air Transport Association. That growth outpaced the year's 6.1 percent capacity growth, leading to a record load factor of 81.9 percent. "2018 was another year of strong pass…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 11:10pm -
  • Delta Puts New Narrowbody Aircraft into Service
    On Thursday, Delta began its first service on its new Airbus A220-100 aircraft with flights between New York's LaGuardia Airport and each Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Boston. Delta has configured the aircraft with 12 First Class seats,…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 9:20pm -
  • Uber Topped Business Expense Tally Again in 2018
    Uber was the most-expensed brand for North American businesses in 2018, according to Certify, marking the third consecutive year the ridehailing giant has taken the top spot in the expense provider's SpendSmart Year in Review report. Drawn from more…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 9:00pm -
  • British Airways Will Join American Airlines at JFK Terminal 8 in 2022
    Over the next three years, American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million to colocate operations in Terminal 8 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. That investment will include adding five widebody gates, new baggage s…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 8:45pm -
  • GDSs Will Provide Private Channel to Bypass Upcoming Qantas Booking Surcharge
    Qantas has reached agreements with the major global distribution systems to provide bookings through its Qantas Channel, which will provide a workaround for a $12.50 per-segment GDS booking surcharge Qantas plans for later this year. This week, both…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 6:55pm -
  • Jet Airways Will Base Domestic Change Fees on Booking Window
    On Thursday, Jet Airways launched a "dynamic framework" for booking and cancellation fees on its domestic network. It charges higher penalties for flights booked within seven days of the travel date for the Indian carrier's economy fare brands. The f…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 6:45pm -
  • Aventri Revamps Strategic Meetings Platform
    Meetings and event technology provider Aventri has redesigned the strategic meetings modules within its enterprise platform to absorb additional complexity under the hood and produce smoother processes, workflows and data management for users.
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 2:00pm -
  • HRS Announces Two Hires Amid European Office Expansion
    In January, hotel solutions provider HRS opened an office in Amsterdam and expanded its Paris branch to meet a spike in clients in the region. "Our regional and global growth is attracting new clients and a diverse collection of knowledgeable new emp…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 19, 9:00am -
  • United Reconfigures Fleet for More Premium Seating
    United Airlines plans to add more than 1,600 premium seats to its fleet, including larger Polaris business class cabins on long-haul routes and more two-cabin aircraft for regional service. The changes will occur over the next two years. The carrier…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Feb 19, 9:45pm -
  • December U.S. Travel Volume Grew 3.6 Percent YOY
    Trips to or within the U.S. grew 3.6 percent year over year in December, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Domestic travel demand rose 3.6 percent, and leisure grew 4 percent compared with business travel's 2.6 percent growth. From January th…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Feb 19, 9:45pm -
  • Amadeus Switches Out Corporate Strategy Head
    Amadeus has appointed Wolfgang Krips as SVP of corporate strategy. He will take over for corporate strategy head Alex Luzarraga, who will transition to lead Amadeus' travel audience and destinations business.
    - 11 days ago, 6 Feb 19, 6:55pm -
  • UATP Bolsters Exec Team after Record 2018
    Fresh off a record-breaking 2018, UATP has added four members to its executive team as it grows its corporate charge card and alternative forms of payment processing business areas. Zach Ornelas will lead the global network sales department as VP, e…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Feb 19, 6:40pm -
  • Lufthansa Launches Biometric Boarding in Miami & Biometric Terminals Are on the Way
    On Feb. 1, Lufthansa launched a boarding process for Flight 461 from Miami International Airport to Munich that uses facial recognition rather than boarding passes. Last March, Lufthansa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Los Angeles World Airp…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Feb 19, 10:30pm -
  • WestJet Reports Strong Premium Demand
    WestJet's revenue increased 6.6 percent year over year in the fourth quarter to 1.2 billion Canadian dollars, in part driven by demand for the carrier's premium seating. Traffic rose 4.5 percent as capacity increased 5.9 percent, and load factor decl…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Feb 19, 9:50pm -
  • TripActions Launches New Booking Platform with Delta's Seal of Approval
    Less than a month after Delta pulled its content from TripActions, it is returning with a vengeance as TripActions rolls out a new flight booking tool that is among the first to use ATPCO's Next Generation Storefront standards. TripActions' new air…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Feb 19, 3:00pm -
  • January On-Time Performances Among Major North American Carriers
    Delta had the best on-time performance among major North American carriers in January, according to FlightStats, barely edging out Spirit.
    - 13 days ago, 4 Feb 19, 10:15pm -
  • Choice Hotels Adds 42 Properties
    Choice Hotels International is set to expand its footprint across the U.S. with two development agreements. The hotel company has partnered with Checo Purchase Co. to build 27 WoodSpring Suites extended-stay properties in Michigan, North Carolina, Fl…
    - 13 days ago, 4 Feb 19, 7:00pm -
  • Reed & Mackay Acquires Australian TMC
    U.K. travel management company Reed & Mackay has acquired Australia's Concierge Travel Group to support its growing client base in the Asia/Pacific region. Reed & Mackay opened a Singapore office last year.
    - 13 days ago, 3 Feb 19, 11:00pm -
  • NetJets Responds to Demand for Customized Flight Department Management
    With more than 750 aircraft across its operating companies, private aviation management company NetJets already is a giant in its industry, accounting for more than 15 percent of private aviation traffic, said EVP of sales and marketing Patrick Galla…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 11:25pm -
  • Nina & Pinta Adds Training Program Head
    Nina & Pinta has hired Debbie Thomas to lead its North America Continuing Professional Development accreditation training programs for travel buyers, and travel management company and supplier staffers. For the past six years, she has served as direc…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 11:20pm -
  • GoldSpring Launches Implementation Consultancy for Travel Buyers
    GoldSpring Consulting has launched SpringBoard Implementation to advise travel buyers as they implement travel management companies, online booking tools, expense systems and other suppliers. The service spans planning, preparation, execution, final…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 7:40pm -
  • Shangri-La Hotels Will Distribute on Ctrip
    As luxury hotelier Shangri-La Group expands from Asia, it will distribute its content on Chinese travel conglomerate Ctrip, which, according to accommodation business unit chief business officer David Zhou, boasts 300 million users. A media release s…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Feb 19, 12:15am -
  • Air Carriers' On-Time Percentages for 2018
    Air carriers' on-time percentages for 2018: major North American carriers month by month on-time percentages & world's 20 largest carriers on-time percentages for the full year.
    - 18 days ago, 30 Jan 19, 10:40pm -
  • United Makes Live TV Access Free
    United Airlines is dropping the charge for accessing DirecTV live TV on aircraft that have seatback screens installed. Currently, live TV access is available on 211 Boeing 737 aircraft. Personal device entertainment, through which travelers access mo…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Jan 19, 9:25pm -
  • STR & Tourism Economics Downgrade 2019 U.S. Hotel Industry Forecast
    Heading into 2019, group and corporate travel stays will be a consistent source of demand growth for hotel rooms in the U.S., according to STR VP Vail Ross, speaking on a panel Tuesday at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit. "One of the things th…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Jan 19, 8:55am -
  • TripActions Shores Up Supplier Strategy with New Hire
    TripActions has tapped Daniel Finkel as VP of booking experience and supplier strategy. While the former Expedia and Egencia exec will aim to scale up shopping capabilities on the platform and expand its content offerings, according to a press statem…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Jan 19, 8:35am -
  • Prime Numbers to Add Credit Card & Expense Data to Analytics Tool
    Corporate travel analytics specialist Prime Numbers Technology plans to integrate payment card and expense data into its Prime Analytics reporting and benchmarking suite, the company told BTN. Integrating that data gives corporate travel buyers a com…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Jan 19, 7:55am -
  • Cvent CEO Looks at 2019 & Beyond
    Cvent has spent the past two years integrating and upgrading technology after acquiring Lanyon in 2016. The company is in growth mode: expanding its client base, its geographical coverage and, as always, its technology stack. Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwa…
    - 19 days ago, 29 Jan 19, 5:00pm -
  • Long-Term Stay Provider BridgeStreet Adds 60,000 Units
    Business travel extended-stay specialist BridgeStreet Global Hospitality is growing its inventory with more than 60,000 of what the company is calling "urban dwellings," catering to business travelers with extended-stay needs in high-demand business…
    - 19 days ago, 29 Jan 19, 4:45am -
  • Southwest Promotes Several Executives
    Southwest Airlines on Monday announced several executive appointments.  
    - 19 days ago, 28 Jan 19, 11:25pm -
  • Can Travel Managers Prep for a No-Deal Brexit?
    With only two months until the U.K. exits the European Union on March 29 and no one on this planet knowing what form that departure will take, travel management professionals are sitting frustratedly in limbo. ?I?ve never seen an issue with so much u…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Jan 19, 8:55pm -
  • Airbnb Acquires Meetings Space Rental Platform Gaest
    Airbnb has acquired Gaest, an online marketplace for short-term meeting space rentals. Hosts list their spaces on the site, and guests can book on the platform for meetings, workshops, team building events and photo shoots. Gaest will operate as its…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Jan 19, 12:55am -
  • Shutdown Deals Southwest a Revenue Blow
    The government shutdown has cost Southwest Airlines as much as $15 million in lost bookings, executives said in Southwest's fourth-quarter earnings call. The shutdown, which is expected to end Friday afternoon, pending votes in Congress and signatur…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jan 19, 10:10pm -
  • Alaska Ready to Reap Benefits of Networkwide Basic Economy Fares
    Alaska Airlines has rolled out its basic economy Saver fare across its full network and expects it to drive a minimum of $100 million in revenue this year, executives said on a fourth-quarter earnings call. Alaska began testing the fare in Novembe…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jan 19, 10:05pm -
  • Government Shutdown Hits Home at U.S. Airports
    As a result of the partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government, flights on the East Coast have been delayed and at some points were halted on Friday. For over a month, the shutdown has promised tangential effects on the corporate travel industry…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jan 19, 8:00pm -
  • JetBlue Fares Increased in Q4
    JetBlue reported strong demand in close-in bookings in the fourth quarter, as passenger revenue increased 12.1 percent year over year to $1.9 billion. The carrier's average fare rose 6.6 percent year over year to $183.62. Traffic rose 8.6 percent as…
    - 24 days ago, 24 Jan 19, 10:05pm -
  • American Q4 Revenue Jumps Thanks to Small & Midsize Enterprises
    Strong corporate demand helped propel American Airlines to a fourth-quarter-record revenue of $10.9 billion, up 3.1 percent year over year. Corporate revenue growth outpaced system revenue growth, American Airlines president Robert Isom said. In par…
    - 24 days ago, 24 Jan 19, 8:10pm -
  • Drum Cussac Integrates with Medical & Security Operator
    Global risk and security management company Drum Cussac has integrated its GlobalRiskManager platform and Collinson's global medical and security operations centers. The solution offers a single point of contact for 24/7/365 access to pre-travel supp…
    - 24 days ago, 24 Jan 19, 4:05pm -
  • Aer Lingus Invests in Ambition to Grow Dublin as Transit Hub
    Aer Lingus aims to make Dublin a bigger transit hub for travel between the U.S. and Europe as the carrier bulks up its transatlantic fleet over the next several years.Ireland's national airline this month unveiled a new logo and livery design, its fi…
    - 24 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 10:55pm -
  • GWS Creates Sales Manager Role for Central Europe
    GWS Production?maker of Safeture, a travel security platform for companies and business travelers?has appointed Gilbert Leb to the new role of regional sales manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He will work on direct sales to large customer…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 8:00pm -
  • Oman Air Taps TPConnects for NDC Selling Capabilities
    Oman Air has integrated travel content aggregator TPConnects' offer and order management capabilities to sell ancillary products through travel agents and the airline's corporate customers. It plans "a complete direct storefront with easier access to…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 7:30pm -
  • BCD Meeting & Events Hires Latin America VP
    Ana Paula Hernandez returns to BCD Meetings & Events as VP for Latin America. She was Mexico manager from 2008 to 2015 and in the interim served as Latin America and Caribbean regional director for American Express Meetings & Events.
    - 25 days ago, 23 Jan 19, 7:25pm -

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