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  • BreakingRLHC Taps Americana with Relaunch of Signature Inn Brand
    RLHC recently relaunched its Signature Inn, marketing its vision of the golden age of travel with mid-century, boutique-style aesthetics. The upper-economy brand is designed for conversions of existing assets, including motels, as well as new constru…
    - 53 mins ago, 22 Jun 17, 9:15pm -
  • BreakingEtihad Cuts Back on Free Chauffeured Service & Expands Economy Class Ancillaries
    On July 3, Etihad Airways will end complimentary chauffeured services for first and business class travelers at all airports other than its Abu Dhabi hub. It will replace the free offering with "a paid option at specially negotiated rates" in other c…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 8:20pm -
  • BreakingQatar Eyes 10 Percent Stake in American Airlines
    Qatar Airways aims to make a "significant investment" in American Airlines, according to an SEC filing in which American Airlines said the bid was unsolicited.
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Jun 17, 8:15pm -
  • Letter: This Isn't About Corporate Travel, It's Behavioral Economics
    I read your op-ed, The Case Against Gamification & Price-to-Beat Tools, with interest on Friday. Given my role as CEO & founder of Rocketrip, I felt compelled to respond publicly to shed light on the reality of incentivized behavioral change in pract…
    - 23 hours ago, 21 Jun 17, 10:45pm -
  • Social Media for Travel Managers: Real-Time Information Is More Important Than Ever
    Travel disruptions and unexpected events are all too common: Weather delays, infrastructure failures and natural disasters are just a few examples of what travel managers and travel risk managers face on an ongoing basis. In a world where information…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 7:35pm -
  • IHG Will Launch New Midscale Brand
    InterContinental Hotels Group soon will launch a new midscale brand. IHG did not reveal the name, instead calling it Project Horizon in promotional materials.
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 6:30pm -
  • Lufthansa Automates Online Check-In
    Lufthansa has launched an automatic flight check-in service via its Innovation Hub subsidiary. The service, AirlineCheckins.com, gives passengers a special email address with which they can book their flights, and it automatically checks them in when…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 4:40pm -
  • Uber CEO Resigns at Board's Urging
    Uber founder Travis Kalanick has resigned as CEO under pressure from the ride-hailing app's board. Kalanick's decision came at the behest of five of Uber's major investors, including venture capital firm Benchmark, one of its largest shareholders, ac…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 4:35pm -
  • Cvent Redesigns Supplier Network & Transforms Venue Search
    Cvent's 245,000-property supplier network offers one of the meetings industry's deepest sourcing pools. This puts the onus on Cvent to provide the best search and filter capability to get to the right property set for a particular meeting and enough…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jun 17, 12:35pm -
  • Certify Will Merge with ExpenseWatch, Nexonia & Tallie
    Private equity firm K1 Investment Management has acquired a majority stake in expense management firm Certify for $125 million and will merge it with its three other spend management firms: ExpenseWatch, Nexonia and Tallie. Certify claims that the ne…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 5:10am -
  • PNC Bank Enables Mobile Wallets for Visa Commercial Cards
    PNC Bank corporate clients now can use their Visa commercial cards with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. In March, Visa enabled the three mobile wallets for corporate cards. U.S. Bank was the first corporate card issuer to offer Visa cards tha…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jun 17, 5:05am -
  • Amtrak Adjusts Penn Station Summer Schedule
    From July 10 through Sept. 1, Amtrak will reduce service to New York City's Penn Station as the hub undergoes expedited repairs to combat delays and disruptions. The cuts include three weekday round-trips between New York and Washington on the Northe…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 9:15pm -
  • Thomas Cook Tests the Waters for Corporate Business Growth
    Although Thomas Cook Group Airlines is known as a leisure travel carrier, it has turned its attention to the corporate market, particularly with its Germany-based Condor airline.
    - 2 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 7:45pm -
  • The U.S. Hotel Industry's Lobbying Muscle & What It Wants to Accomplish
    Just three years ago, the hotel industry was "very fragmented" and had "little to no political capital," according to PwC hospitality industry leader Scott Berman. Now, through the work of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Asian American…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 10:15pm -
  • Corporates Overpay When They Don't Audit Hotel Rates Regularly
    Two recent studies highlight the importance of regular hotel rate audits so corporates can reap the full benefits of their negotiated programs. Still, the industry has a ways to go in terms of embracing regular rate auditing. In an analysis of hotel…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Jun 17, 9:55pm -
  • Copa Is Poised to Grow as Latin American Economy Recovers
    Latin America's aviation industry shows strength this year?traffic in the region increased 16.1 percent year over year in April, according to the International Air Transport Association?and Panama-based Copa Airlines' corporate travel sector is rebou…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 8:55pm -
  • Travel Risk Management for Small & Midsize Enterprises
    With or without a budget, small and midsize enterprises have to keep their travelers safe while on the road. Broadridge Financial Solutions VP of procurement and travel John Wohlleber and Informatica global travel manager Rick Wakida spoke with BTN.
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jun 17, 8:55pm -
  • The Case Against Gamification & Price-to-Beat Tools
    Incentivizing employees with gift cards and other benefits can help save money on trip itineraries. Companies like Rocketrip and TripActions are demonstrating this tactic's appeal to travel managers. The growing adoption of incentivization programs b…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 9:50pm -
  • 11 States Have Requested That the Supreme Court Review the Amex Antitrust Case
    Following the Second Circuit Court's refusal in January to reconsider American Express' September 2016 victory against the U.S. Department of Justice, the DOJ has opted not to pursue the case further, according to The Wall Street Journal. The attorne…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jun 17, 9:40pm -
  • National Scores Three-Peat
    National Car Rental and sister brand Enterprise earned the highest marks from travel buyers in BTN's annual Car Rental Survey, as they have since the survey launched in 2015. Avis Car Rental and Hertz ranked third and fourth, respectively, as they ha…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jun 17, 9:25pm -
  • Duty of Care Matters More Than Price for Buyers of Chauffeured Car Services
    As traditional chauffeured suppliers and ride-hailing apps battle to coexist, travel buyers prioritize service and safety over price in dealings with their chauffeured car suppliers. Buyers in a recent BTN survey ranked complaint/problem resolution a…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jun 17, 9:20pm -
  • Amadeus Links Blacklane to Finnair Bookings
    Travelers now can book airport rides from ground transportation supplier Blacklane through Finnair's website. Travelers who book round-trip flights on the Finnair site will be offered fares for rides to and from both the departure and arrival airport…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jun 17, 9:05pm -
  • Lufthansa Launches Amadeus Airport Pay
    Lufthansa Group carriers have become the first airlines to implement Amadeus Airport Pay payment solution, a point-of-sale device that allows travelers to pay for ancillaries at check-in or at the gate with chip cards and compatible digital wallets.…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 7:50pm -
  • Lufthansa Will Bulk Up Munich Hub
    Lufthansa will move five of its 14 A380 aircraft from its Frankfurt hub to its Munich hub in the summer of 2018 to serve routes to Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Beijing. At the same time, Lufthansa will begin service between Munich and Singapore five ti…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 5:50pm -
  • Alitalia Files for Bankruptcy in U.S.
    Alitalia has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. to prevent its services from being cut off at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airport's Terminal One Group Association has notified the carrier it could termina…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Jun 17, 5:30pm -
  • Air Canada Adds Premium Economy Cabin in North America
    Air Canada will begin offering its Premium Economy cabin on longer North American routes next month. On July 1, the cabin?which offers larger seats, bar service and a premium meal service?will be on Boeing 777-300ER, 777-200-LM, 787-9 and 787-8 aircr…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 10:05pm -
  • Loews Exec Becomes Shangri-La President
    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has named Oliver Bonke president and COO. Bonke will step into the position on Sept. 1 at the company's headquarters in Hong Kong and will report to Shangri-La Asia Ltd. CEO Lim Beng Chee. He will supervise the regional…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Jun 17, 7:10pm -
  • Managing Bleisure Travel
    In the past year, more than a third of North American business travelers extended a work trip into a leisure trip, according to a February and March survey by the Global Business Travel Association and Hilton of 675 people over 22 who traveled at lea…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Jun 17, 8:30pm -
  • Alaska & U.S. Big Three Carriers Lead in May On-Time Arrivals
    Alaska Airlines had the best on-time arrival rate among major North American carriers in May, as it did in April, according to FlightStats. For the third month in a row, all three of the largest U.S. carriers?Delta, United and American?had above aver…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Jun 17, 5:35pm -
  • Carlson Rezidor Names Ken Greene Head of Americas
    Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Ken Greene president of the Americas. Greene previously served as CEO of Greenehouse Consulting and has held executive leadership roles at Delta Hotels and Resorts and Wyndham Worldwide. Greene will report to…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 10:20pm -
  • DHS Is Considering Expanding Laptop Ban to 71 More Airports
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its laptop ban to 71 additional airports but also is working with those airports so the ban will not be necessary, according to DHS Secretary John Kelly. In testimony to the House Hom…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Jun 17, 5:45pm -
  • IJet Names New CEO
    Ben Allen has joined iJet International as CEO. Bruce McIndoe will hand over that title but retain his role as president. For the past four years, Allen has been president of Marsh & McLennan Agency, a risk consulting firm for midmarket companies. He…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 9:25pm -
  • Amex Becomes Hilton's Exclusive Co-Brand Card Issuer
    On Jan. 1, American Express will become Hilton's exclusive issuer for Hilton Honors co-branded credit cards in the U.S. Hilton has offered Amex co-branded cards since 1995 and Citi co-branded cards since 2000. The deal is for a multi-year partnership…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 9:10pm -
  • On Call International Appoints New President
    Risk management firm On Call International has appointed Tom Davidson president, following the retirement of founder and CEO Mike Kelly. Davidson has been VP of sales and marketing for the company for five years. Previously, he worked for Internation…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 8:55pm -
  • European Commission Changes Payment Rules to Avoid 'Undermining Travel Management'
    The European Commission has exempted corporate payments from draft security authentication measures that had threatened to make lodge cards, virtual cards and other forms of business travel payment unworkable. The exemption to regulatory technical st…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 8:05pm -
  • How Qatar Airways Is Adjusting to Qatar's Diplomatic Crisis
    Qatar Airways has closed its offices in Riyadh, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates' Sharjah as Qatar's diplomatic crisis with its neighboring nations persists. The carrier already has suspended flights to the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, its two largest…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 7:15pm -
  • U.S.-Inbound Travel Grew in April Despite Travel Ban
    Despite President Donald Trump's controversial executive orders on travel and immigration, international inbound travel grew 4 percent year over year in April, according to the U.S. Travel Association. However surprising, the association expects inbo…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 6:15pm -
  • David Marr to Lead Hilton Full-Service Brands
    Hilton has named David Marr SVP and global head of full-service brands. Marr most recently served as SVP and a global brand leader at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he oversaw both the Tribute Portfolio and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. He will repo…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Jun 17, 4:45am -
  • Trump Hotels Launches Midscale Brand & Reveals First Scion Location
    Trump Hotels has launched a new midscale brand called American Idea, "a concept rooted in local history and neighborly service," according to the company. The brand has three properties planned for the Mississippi Delta area. Additionally, the compan…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Jun 17, 5:35pm -
  • United Will End Service to Venezuela
    On July 1, United will end its service between Houston and Caracas, a route that "was not meeting our financial expectations," according to a United spokesperson. As Venezuela experiences an economic crisis and civil unrest, several airlines have end…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Jun 17, 4:40pm -
  • DOJ Presents Trump's Stymied Travel Ban to Highest Court
    Presenting President Donald Trump's stymied travel ban to the Supreme Court last week, the Department of Justice requested the court reinstate the travel ban until justices could rule on its constitutionality in October. Opponents to the travel ban h…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Jun 17, 8:10am -
  • Expensify Sues Abacus for Patent Infringement of SmartScan
    Expense management provider Expensify filed a lawsuit against rival Abacus for patent infringement of its SmartScan technology, founder and CEO David Barrett announced on Expensify's blog. The two patents in question address technologies that scan re…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 10:20pm -
  • ATC 'Privatization' Gains Presidential Support
    President Donald Trump threw his support behind a plan to detach the U.S. air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration and put it under the control of a nonprofit corporation. "Since the early days of commercial air service, th…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 10:15pm -
  • Carriers Cut Service to Qatar
    Several carriers have suspended flights in and out of Qatar following a rift in which several nations including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have ended diplomatic ties with the Gulf state. Emirates, Etihad, Saudia and Bahrain's Gu…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 7:15pm -
  • Five Tips for Protecting Your Company?s Info When Employees Travel Abroad
    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration's ban of certain carry-on electronic devices on inbound flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports puts two concerns top of mind: national security and the risk of fire from lithium batteries in airplane h…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 5:55pm -
  • Wyndham Launches Soft Brand Called Trademark
    Wyndham Hotel Group has launched The Trademark Hotel Collection, a soft brand for three- and four-star independent hotels. Properties that join the brand will be able to leverage Wyndham's scale, distribution, services and loyalty program. "The Trade…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Jun 17, 4:25pm -
  • Airlines See Record Demand Growth in April Despite Laptop Ban
    Low fares and an improving global economy pushed worldwide air travel demand up 10.7 percent year over year in April, the highest year-over-year monthly rate of growth in six years, according to the International Air Transport Association.
    - 21 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 8:05pm -
  • United Will Fly Nonstop Between Los Angeles & Singapore
    On Oct. 27, United Airlines will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Singapore on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, pending government approval. The 8,700-mile flight will be the longest scheduled flight operated by any U.S. carrier,…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 4:30pm -
  • Concur Expands to South Korea
    Concur will offer its travel, expense and invoice solutions to companies operating in South Korea. It will be based in the Seoul office of parent company SAP. "The outdated expense and travel management solutions widely deployed in [South Korea] toda…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Jun 17, 3:05pm -
  • United Will Expand Premium Transcontinental Services
    On July 1, United will add premium service on widebody aircraft on flights between Boston and San Francisco. It already makes the service available on flights between Newark and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The carrier also will add services t…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 8:45pm -
  • No Laptop Ban Expansion?for Now
    Following discussions with European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is not expanding its laptop ban, though an expansion is "still on the table,"…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 8:45pm -
  • Delta Pilots Biometrics System at Washington Reagan
    Delta is testing a biometric boarding pass system at Washington's Reagan National Airport for SkyMiles members enrolled in the Clear pre-screening program. Eligible travelers can use fingerprints to gain entry to the Delta Sky Club. In a later phase,…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 8:10pm -
  • JetBlue Will Test Facial Recognition-Based Boarding
    In June, JetBlue will begin testing a boarding process that screens based on biometrics rather than paper or digital boarding passes. The testing will occur on flights between Boston and Aruba. At the gate, JetBlue will photograph passengers who opt…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 7:30pm -
  • Amex GBT Cycles in New CFO
    American Express Global Business Travel is replacing CFO Norma Corio with Martine Gerow, who served as CFO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel from September 2014 to February 2017. Based in London, she will start at Amex GBT on June 5. CEO Doug Anderson cited…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 7:00pm -
  • Positive Q1 Wasn't Enough to Raise U.S. Hotel Industry Outlook
    With the first quarter of 2017 in the books for U.S. hotels, analysts are feeling pretty good about the industry's full-year outlook?but not good enough to alter any forecasts. Both CBRE Hotels' Americas Research and PwC US released updates to their…
    - 22 days ago, 31 May 17, 2:00pm -
  • The Plight of a Multinational SME
    When an SME also is a multinational company, how should it approach global sourcing? The ace in the hole, according to Partnership Travel Consulting CEO Andy Menkes, is corralling your data. Travel buyers "have to prove an ability to provide consolid…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:50pm -
  • My First TMC
    Going out to bid for an RFP for a travel management company for the first time and need advice? Ask yourself why. That's what Dart Container travel services manager Cheryl Benjamin's advice boils down to. What is it you want from a TMC? What are you…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:40pm -
  • An SME Travel Policy That Has Teeth
    Want a travel policy that has some power behind it? Keep it simple, said Partnership Travel Consulting CEO Andy Menkes. He said to focus on three things: Require travelers to use the company's approved form of payment, which is usually a corporate ca…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:35pm -
  • What Chatbots Mean for the Midmarket
    The development of new technologies always has posed something of a challenge to midmarket and smaller travel programs. New technology often offers the promise of lower costs and greater control of or visibility into traveler behavior. These are real…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:30pm -
  • Put Expense Data Muscle into Hotel Negotiating
    Adding data from your expense management system to the travel agency data you already use to power your hotel sourcing power may enable you to negotiate double-digit discounts. Here are three tips: Capture more of your spend, find hidden levers and s…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:20pm -
  • How TMCs Approach SMEs
    Travel management companies, from the megas to midsize and smaller players, have seen the number of small and midsize enterprises that wish to manage their travel spend increase during recent years. The experts have differing opinions about just why,…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:10pm -
  • The Innovations That Come from Nimble SMEs
    Multinational conglomerates get all the attention, but small and midsize enterprises, with their nimble sizes and natures, are a breeding ground for innovations, for finding the new and improved ways of tackling problems. MathWorks senior global trav…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 4:50pm -
  • Abacus Now Accesses Capital One Card Data Without Third-Party Aggregator
    Expense management provider Abacus now can ingest basic spend data from Capital One corporate cards for small business clients. The application programming interface integration replaces Abacus' use of a third-party data aggregator to collect the Cap…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 3:15pm -
  • The Data Whisperer
    Marta Rodriguez Martinez is trained as an industrial engineer. "I studied industrial engineering because I was fascinated by energy and power generation. I imagined myself in the middle of a power plant fixing things," said the Microsoft travel manag…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 2:20pm -
  • Sustainability & Sourcing
    More and more companies are realizing that today's consumers expect the brands they do business with not only to provide quality goods or services but also to be socially and environmentally responsible in their business practices. Implementing and e…
    - 23 days ago, 30 May 17, 2:15pm -

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