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  • News: Legend Hospitality Group signs three new management contracts
    Legend Hospitality Group has expanded its property portfolio, extended its reach and its product offering with the acquisition and management of three new properties. Now offered by the brand are Brennaissance Wine & Stud Estate in Stellenbosch, Mont…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 9:08am -
  • News: Kimpton De Witt opens to first guests in Amsterdam
    InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the doors to the highly anticipated Kimpton De Witt. The unveiling of the hotel in the heart of Amsterdam, marks the first Kimpton in Europe and outside of the Americas.
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 7:00am -
  • News: Delta launches exclusive partnership with Lyft
    Delta Air Lines and rideshare company Lyft are partnering to offer SkyMiles members more opportunities to earn miles doing something they can do every day – requesting a ride.
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:58am -
  • News: Expedia to acquire majority stake in SilverRail Technologies
    Expedia and SilverRail Technologies have entered into a definitive agreement in which Expedia will acquire a majority stake in SilverRail. SilverRail set out to solve rail’s most challenging technology problems and has been an important Expedi…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:58am -
  • News: Poungvarin to lead Centara Kata Resort Phuket
    Centara Hotels & Resorts announced the latest movement of its management executive team with the transfer of Veerapol Poungvarin, former resort manager at Centara Chaan Talay Resorts & Villas, to be the new resort manager of Centara Kata Resort Phuke…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 6:49am -

Business Travel News

  • BreakingConcur's Travel Risk Management Proposition
    This summer, Concur Risk Messaging will integrate with Concur's T&E platform and add more data feeds. So do these changes undercut travel management companies' full-service angle, or do they enhance TMCs' offerings?
    - 5 mins ago, 23 May 17, 10:20pm -
  • BreakingStar Alliance Adds Juneyao Airlines as First Connecting Partner
    Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has joined the Star Alliance as its first Connecting Partner, a new partnership model for smaller regional carriers and low-cost carriers to join the alliance's network without becoming full members.
    - 2 hours ago, 23 May 17, 8:55pm -
  • Johnny Thorsen Joins Chatbot Startup Mezi
    Veteran corporate travel innovator Johnny Thorsen has joined artificial intelligence-powered startup company Mezi as VP travel strategy and partnerships.Thorsen departs SAP Concur, where he most recently served as senior director of SAP mobility serv…
    - 13 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:45am -
  • VAT IT Acquires Meridian VAT Reclaim
    Value-added tax specialist VAT IT has acquired Meridian VAT Reclaim of Ireland. The companies claim the deal brings together the world's two largest global VAT reclamation services. Together, they will trade from 44 offices worldwide. The deal closed…
    - 24 hours ago, 22 May 17, 10:45pm -
  • ABC Global Services Launches Hotel Sourcing Division
    Travel agency support company ABC Global Services has launched HotelConnex Sourcing Solutions to source hotels on behalf of travel management companies and corporate clients. CEO Eric Altschul said ABC recognized, in working with TMC partners, that c…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 8:05pm -
  • Brussels Airlines Will Replace 70 Percent of Long-Haul Fleet
    In 2018 and 2019, Brussels Airlines will replace seven of its 10 long-haul aircraft, adding Airbus A330-300ceo aircraft as leases for older A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft expire. The new aircraft will feature all three of the carrier's classes?Busine…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 5:05pm -
  • Trump Travel Policies Carry $1.3B Price Tag for 2017
    Travel bans, stringent laptop regulations and other political turmoil will cost the U.S. more than $1.3 billion in travel-related revenue this year, according to the Global Business Travel Association.
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 17, 8:50pm -
  • Master EU/U.S. Data Transfers or Simply Go with TMCs That Store Data in Europe?
    The Trump presidency is driving German businesses to end their contracts with travel management companies and other travel service providers that store their employees' personal data in the U.S., experts told BTN. Some German and Swiss companies have…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 17, 8:10pm -
  • Flight Centre Buys into FCM's French/Swiss Partner
    Flight Centre Travel Group, which owns travel management company FCM, expects to close its acquisition of a 25 percent stake in 3mundi in July. 3mundi has operated fully under the FCM name since 2016. Its corporate travel business operates in France…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 17, 3:30pm -
  • DOT Clears Alaska Airlines to Fly to Mexico City
    The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Alaska Airlines' planned service to Mexico City from Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. If the Mexican government approves the routes, which Alaska expects soon, the carrier will begin daily r…
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 17, 7:10pm -
  • New Law Lets Federal Employees Expense Uber & Lyft
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a law that ensures federal employees traveling on government business can be reimbursed for using Uber, Lyft and other transportation network operators. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) introduced the Modernizing G…
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 17, 6:40pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Plans Service from Small Airport North of Seattle
    Alaska Airlines will begin service out of Washington's Paine Field in fall 2018, becoming the first carrier to establish passenger service out of the small airport in Snohomish County, which is north of Seattle and home to the Boeing Everett factory.…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 10:45pm -
  • LCCs Heat Up the Transatlantic Game
    The face of transatlantic air travel is changing as low-cost entrants pour into the market. Norwegian Air Shuttle is expanding service to the U.S. this summer, following a years-long battle for approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 10:20pm -
  • EU Clears Benin & Mozambique Carriers
    The European Commission has cleared all certified airlines in Benin in West Africa and Mozambique in South Africa as meeting safety standards required to operate in the European Union. The commission also added four carriers to the banned list, citin…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 10:00pm -
  • ARC Volume Increased in April on Higher Fares
    The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 1.3 percent year over year in April to $7.8 billion, according to Airlines Reporting Corp. Total airfares sold rose 1.25 percent, and the number of passenge…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 9:50pm -
  • Four Marriott Merger Updates
    Marriott International's recent Security Analyst Meeting provided the most in-depth discussion yet on how it will fold in Starwood Hotels & Resorts, from plans for the Sheraton brand and other Starwood legacy flags, as well as legacy program integrat…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 9:55pm -
  • American Will Prioritize Upgrades Based on Money Spent with Carrier
    On May 20, American Airlines will begin prioritizing upgrades based on travelers' business with American rather than how early they check in. The carrier first will consider "12-month rolling Elite Qualifying Dollars," which reflect EQDs earned by th…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 9:45pm -
  • BofA Global Card Head Moves to Visa
    On June 1, Kevin Phalen will join Visa as global head of commercial business, charged with accelerating adoption of Visa commercial payments solutions globally. He'll report to global head of products and solutions Vicky Bindra, a Visa spokesperson s…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 9:45pm -
  • CSI GlobalVCard Issues Visa Virtual Cards
    Visa issuers in the U.S. now can provide CSI GlobalVCard virtual cards, whether white-labeled for clients or through the CSI GlobalVCard brand, said CSI GlobalVCard SVP of partners and financial institutions Jim Foster. CSI GlobalVCard will connect t…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 9:40pm -
  • Encore Jets Will Expand to Asia
    New York-based Encore Jets and Opolo Capital Boston & Asia will invest $10 million to expand Encore to China and other major Asian markets. Opolo will offer "real estate advisory and services in identifying global investment opportunities and raising…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 3:40pm -
  • FCM Chatbot Sam Rolls Out to Other Flight Centre Brands
    Flight Centre has made traveler assistance chatbot Sam available to clients of two of its travel agency brands: Corporate Traveller, which focuses on small and midsize enterprises, and Campus Travel. Another Flight Center brand, travel management com…
    - 8 days ago, 15 May 17, 8:55pm -
  • Ukraine International Airlines Introduces No-Frills Economy Fare
    Ukraine International Airlines is offering a new no-frills economy fare for short- and medium-haul routes, available only for tickets purchased six months in advance. The fares are nonrefundable and do not include checked baggage, meals or mileage ac…
    - 8 days ago, 15 May 17, 4:35pm -
  • Expedia Will Take Majority Stake in SilverRail
    Expedia has agreed to acquire a majority stake in rail distribution platform SilverRail Technologies. Pending regulatory approval, the deal will close in the middle of this year. SilverRail distributes content for 35 providers worldwide and handles 2…
    - 11 days ago, 12 May 17, 5:25pm -
  • Air Canada Expands Wi-Fi to Rouge
    Air Canada will complete installation of Wi-Fi across the Airbus A319 fleet for low-cost carrier Rouge by the end of this month. By the end of 2018, Wi-Fi will be available across Rouge's A321 and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, as well.
    - 11 days ago, 12 May 17, 5:20pm -
  • Travel Leaders Acquires Mexico's Corporate Travel Services
    Travel Leaders Group acquired Mexico-based Corporate Travel Services for an undisclosed sum. CTS counts 600 employees and 300 corporate clients, and business travel represents 65 percent of the agency's $350 million in annual sales. CTS also operates…
    - 11 days ago, 12 May 17, 3:10pm -
  • Sabre Establishes Fifth Latin America Office as Regional HQ
    Sabre has opened a Latin America headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay, to join existing offices in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Bogota, Buenos Aires and Lima. "Travel bookings made using our technology platforms for the Latin America and Caribbean increase…
    - 12 days ago, 11 May 17, 8:40pm -
  • ATG Partners with Serviced-Apartment Platform Urbandoor
    Serviced-apartment booking platform Urbandoor will provide extended-stay and relocation lodging options for clients of ATG, the first travel management company to team with the two-year-old startup. The content will become available to ATG clients in…
    - 13 days ago, 10 May 17, 7:05pm -
  • Weaker Pricing & Fleet Realignment Hit Hertz
    Hertz Global Holdings reported a $223 million loss in the first quarter of 2017, as the car rental company faced declining revenue and a depreciating fleet.
    - 13 days ago, 10 May 17, 5:10pm -
  • Marriott Sees Strong Group & Business Transient in Q1
    Marriott International reported better-than-expected demand from group and business transient segments in North America and Europe during the first quarter.
    - 13 days ago, 10 May 17, 4:50pm -
  • Alaska Hires Lyft Exec for Bay Area Expansion
    Alaska Air Group has appointed Lyft executive Annabel Chang as Bay Area VP, leading the group's community and government relations and providing sales and marketing support in the San Francisco area. Chang, currently director of public policy for Lyf…
    - 14 days ago, 9 May 17, 4:50pm -
  • HRS Is Giving Altour Access to Its Entire Inventory of Negotiated Rates
    HRS and Altour have signed a strategic agreement that would allow Altour agents and corporate clients to access HRS's worldwide inventory. The rates that HRS negotiates on behalf of clients already are available to travel management companies through…
    - 15 days ago, 9 May 17, 5:05am -
  • Northstar Travel Group Acquires BHN Hotel Investment Event Portfolio
    Northstar Travel Group has acquired the hotel investment event portfolio from Burba Hotel Network, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and their other partners. BHN produces 10 hospitality investment events and conferences around the world, inc…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 8:55pm -
  • American Airlines Names Suzanne Boda to Lead LAX Growth
    American Airlines has appointed Suzanne Boda to the new role SVP of Los Angeles as the carrier seeks to strengthen its Southern California presence. Boda, who has worked for American since 2008, most recently as SVP of hub and gateway operations, wil…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 8:50pm -
  • Alaska Posts Best April On-Time Arrival Rate
    Alaska Airlines led major North American carriers in on-time performance in April, and the region's four largest carriers?along with Frontier Airlines?all had above-average performance for the month, as they did in March. Carriers on average got 79.1…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 8:45pm -
  • IAG Reports Strength in Corporate Bookings
    British Airways parent company International Airlines Group reported improving corporate bookings even as passenger revenue declined year over year to ?4.3 billion during the first quarter. The company said the decline stemmed from lower yields on le…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 8:40pm -
  • Air France-KLM Fares Are Stabilizing
    Air France-KLM passenger revenue increased 1.4 percent year over year to ?4.5 billion in the first quarter. Traffic rose 4.2 percent as capacity increased 3.3 percent, pushing load factor up 0.7 percentage points to 85.4 percent, and the company repo…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 7:50pm -
  • United Will Increase Service from San Francisco
    United Airlines will increase capacity out of San Francisco over the next several months, adding daily round-trip service to eight destinations and switching from regional jets to mainline aircraft in its service to 10 markets.
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 7:20pm -
  • Etihad Names Gammell Interim CEO
    Etihad chief people and performance officer Ray Gammell will serve as interim CEO for Etihad Airways Group in advance of president and CEO James Hogan's departure. Gammell has assumed "full management responsibilities," and Hogan is slated to leave J…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 7:15pm -
  • Avis Budget Group Q1 Revenue Declined on Lower Rates
    Avis Budget Group first-quarter revenues declined 2 percent year over year to $1.8 billion on slow demand growth and pricing declines.
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 7:10pm -
  • Air Canada Q1 Revenue & Expenses Rose on Capacity Growth
    Air Canada's passenger revenue increased 8.1 percent year over year to C$3.1 billion in the first quarter as the carrier entered its third year of significant capacity growth.
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 7:05pm -
  • Low Fares & Improving Economy Pushed Global Air Demand in March
    Global air travel demand increased 6.8 percent year over year in March. That's slower growth than in February but still solid, boosted by low fares and improving global economic conditions, according to the International Air Transport Association. Gl…
    - 15 days ago, 8 May 17, 6:35pm -
  • Rezidor & Carlson Shuffle CEOs
    Wolfgang Neumann has resigned as president and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group. Set to replace Neumann is Federico Gonzalez Tejera, who has left his position as CEO of Carlson Hotels. Tejera, the former CEO of NH Hotels, had only headed Carlson since…
    - 18 days ago, 5 May 17, 10:35pm -
  • IHG CEO Solomons Will Retire as Group Reports Positive Q1
    InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Richard Solomons will retire on Aug. 30. Chief commercial officer Keith Barr will step in as CEO on July 1. "There's never a perfect time to make this decision, but this feels like the right time for me," Solomons sa…
    - 18 days ago, 5 May 17, 7:50pm -
  • Chrome River Will Store Canadian Clients' Expense Data Locally
    Later this month, Amazon Web Services' Montreal base will begin hosting expense data for Chrome River's Canadian customers. This will help its customers comply with local regulations, including the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection…
    - 18 days ago, 5 May 17, 6:30pm -
  • Choice Reports Gains in ADR & Occupancy During Q1
    Choice Hotels International reported year-over-year gains in both occupancy and average daily rate during the first quarter. Occupancy increased 100 basis points to 56.1 percent, while ADR rose 1.9 percent to $78.41. As of March 31, the company had 3…
    - 19 days ago, 4 May 17, 9:50pm -
  • Hyatt Reports Strong Q1 Group Business & Softer Group Outlook
    While Hyatt Hotels Corp. noted strong demand in the group segment during the first quarter and steadiness from business transient following a post-election boost last year, CEO Mark Hoplamazian said the company is still seeing some hesitancy from cor…
    - 19 days ago, 4 May 17, 9:20pm -
  • Gant Offers Virtual Card Payment Automation Through Concur/Conferma
    The Concur Compleat mid-office system now can automatically generate virtual cards for hotel bookings. The capability comes from virtual card payment provider Conferma. According to Gant Travel, it is the first travel management company to offer the…
    - 19 days ago, 4 May 17, 9:10pm -
  • Deem Launches API for Expense Management Systems
    After revamping its travel booking platform, Deem has opened up its application programming interface to expense management firms. Chrome River is the first to connect through the Open Expense API, according to Deem president and COO John Rizzo.
    - 19 days ago, 4 May 17, 12:50pm -
  • Sabre Discloses Hotel Reservations System Security Breach
    Sabre Hospitality Solutions is investigating a breach of its SynXis Central Reservations system that allowed unauthorized access to payment card information in "a subset of hotel reservations," according to an SEC filing made by the company on Tuesda…
    - 20 days ago, 3 May 17, 9:15pm -
  • WestJet Reports Managed Corporate Business Growth in Q1
    WestJet's revenue from managed corporate business travel increased almost 7 percent year over year in the first quarter, president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said.
    - 20 days ago, 3 May 17, 7:45pm -
  • Concur Will Rebrand as SAP Concur
    Concur will change its name to SAP Concur in January. German enterprise technology giant SAP acquired Concur in 2014. The news comes after Concur co-founder and CEO Steve Singh quit the company. Yesterday, Singh became CEO and chairman of software de…
    - 20 days ago, 3 May 17, 5:30pm -
  • Air Canada & United Will Add More South America Service
    United and Air Canada both are expanding service to South America later this year. On Oct. 28, United will begin daily round-trip flights between Newark and Buenos Aires, and from June 8 through Aug. 14, the carrier will add a second flight from Newa…
    - 20 days ago, 3 May 17, 5:20pm -
  • House Transportation Committee Grills Airlines on Customer Service Policies
    During nearly four-and-a-half hours before the House Infrastructure & Transportation Committee Tuesday, airline executives detailed their strategies to reduce passenger bumping and improve customer service. Committee members indicated they might step…
    - 21 days ago, 2 May 17, 8:40pm -
  • Serko Adds HRS Rates to Its Booking Platform
    Serko customers now can book both their own corporate negotiated rates and HRS's discounted corporate rates via Serko booking portals. Serko corporate clients also can use HRS's digital payment and meetings management solutions. HRS partners with The…
    - 21 days ago, 2 May 17, 8:35pm -
  • Hilton: Business Transient Holding Steady Post-Election
    During their full-year earnings calls in February, most hoteliers reported a post-election bump in business transient demand, but Hilton didn't see any further pickup from the segment during the first quarter, according to CEO Christopher Nassetta.
    - 21 days ago, 2 May 17, 7:55pm -
  • BMO Expands SME Offerings
    BMO Financial Group has added two commercial cards and improved its Air Miles card. BMO's Commercial MasterCard Offerings suite, which also includes two other cards, targets small and midsize Canadian enterprises that have annual revenue between $5 m…
    - 22 days ago, 1 May 17, 6:55pm -
  • Lufthansa Reports Improved Pricing in Q1
    Lufthansa Group traffic revenue increased 10.9 percent year over year to ?5.8 billion during the first quarter. Some of that growth stemmed from the full consolidation of Brussels Airlines, but CFO Ulrik Svensson said pricing also improved during the…
    - 22 days ago, 1 May 17, 4:30pm -
  • Former Conferma Exec to Lead CSI GobalVCard Travel Products
    Payment provider CSI GlobalVCard has appointed Luis Yofe as SVP of strategic travel products. Yofe, who will be based in Dallas, is responsible for R&D and standardizing, integrating and enhancing the travel products. Yofe was previously Conferma's g…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Apr 17, 9:20pm -
  • Center Reshuffles Execs Ahead of Launch
    Center, a startup slated to launch this summer that combines traditional payment and virtual card technology, has changed CEOs. Former VP of product development and co-founder Naveen Singh has assumed the CEO position, replacing Dietmar Wennemer, w…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Apr 17, 9:10pm -
  • Southwest Profits Were Hit by Fuel & Reservation System Costs
    Southwest Airlines passenger revenue increased 0.6 percent year over year to $4.4 billion in the first quarter. The carrier reported a quarterly record for the number of passengers, and traffic increased 3.3 percent year over year. CEO and chairman G…
    - 24 days ago, 29 Apr 17, 9:05pm -
  • Sabre Appoints Presidents to GDS & Airlines IT Businesses
    Sabre plugged two executive gaps in the upper reaches of the company, naming Wade Jones president of Sabre Travel Network and company outsider Dave Shirk president of Sabre Airline Solutions. The appointments follow Sean Menke's promotion in Decembe…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Apr 17, 4:15am -
  • ESA Sees Lackluster Q1 Corporate Demand & Nears End of Renovations
    Extended Stay America has yet to see "a big bump in corporate demand" in 2017, CEO Gerry Lopez said during the company's first-quarter earnings call. The company instead saw increased demand from shorter-stay guests from online travel agencies, offse…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Apr 17, 9:30pm -
  • American Grows Revenue on Improving Corporate Marketshare
    American Airlines reported it increased its share of corporate business in the first quarter as total revenue increased 2 percent year over year to $9.6 billion. Corporate business had "strong results across the network" during the quarter, and that…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Apr 17, 9:20pm -
  • Alitalia Faces Bankruptcy Proceedings After Recapitalization Plan Rejection
    Alitalia is beginning bankruptcy procedures after its employees rejected a ?2 billion recapitalization plan that included job and pay cuts. The carrier has begun the process of naming an administrator, the first step in bankruptcy reorganization. The…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Apr 17, 6:40pm -
  • Accelerated Track Work Will Snarl Penn Station Summer Train Schedules
    Amtrak is speeding up infrastructure repairs at New York Penn Station, which will result in track closures and schedule changes throughout the summer, according to Amtrak president and CEO Wick Moorman.  
    - 26 days ago, 27 Apr 17, 6:15pm -

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