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  • News: Culinary month to return to Atlantis, the Palm
    Atlantis, the Palm is hosting the third edition of its overwhelmingly popular Culinary Month, from November 3rd to December 5th. Having established itself as a must-attend month of events, the resort is inviting guests to meet, learn and eat with som…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Oct 19, 8:22am -
  • News: Marriott acquires Elegant as it seeks to grow all-inclusive offering
    Elegant owns and operates seven hotels with 588 rooms and a beachfront restaurant on the island of Barbados. Six of the seven properties are situated along the prestigious west coast of Barbados commonly known as the Platinum Coast.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 11:37am -
  • News: Qatar Airways touches down in Langkawi, Malaysia
    The new service to Langkawi will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring 22 seats in business class and 232 seats in economy class, with spacious cabins and specially-designed interiors.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 11:19am -
  • News: Levin handed leadership role with American Express Global Business Travel
    American Express Global Business Travel has appointed David Levin to the role of chief information security officer. Levin reports to chief information technology officer, David Thompson, and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 11:05am -
  • News: Caribbean Tourism Organisation launches new UK ad campaign
    Alongside partner BA Holidays, the programme will encourage UK travellers to visit destinations including Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Tobago.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 10:34am -

Business Travel News

  • BreakingBizly Taps Industry Vet for Chief Strategy Officer
    Meetings industry expert Kevin Iwamoto has joined emerging meetings platform Bizly as chief strategy officer.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Oct 19, 3:10pm -
  • Amex GCS Continues Growth in Q3, Though Challenges Loom
    American Express Global Commercial Services took in $3.4 billion in revenue net of interest expense during the third quarter, up 7 percent year over year. That continues a steady growth trend for Amex's corporate card division. However, some customer…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 7:35pm -
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Reports Negative Q3 Results
    InterContinental Hotels Group revenue per available room declined 0.8 percent year over year in the third quarter in constant U.S. dollars. Average daily rate declined by the same percentage, and occupancy was flat.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 7:25pm -
  • Amadeus Platform & Zeno Go Live with NDC Bookings
    Amadeus has launched NDC-enabled booking and servicing capabilities on its Selling Platform Connect for travel agents. The platform puts New Distribution Capability content and standard content onto a single screen so travel agents can compare offers…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 5:50pm -
  • U.S. Hotel Industry's Growth Streak Faltered in September
    September occupancy for U.S. hotels declined 0.9 percent year over year to 67.4 percent, according to STR, while revenue per available room dropped 0.3 percent to $88.91. Only average daily rate grew, though by just 0.6 percent to $131.93. "The secon…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 5:35pm -
  • Enterprise Revenue Increased 7.5 Percent YOY in Fiscal Year 2019
    Enterprise Holdings reported global revenue of $25.9 billion for the 2019 fiscal year, which ended July 31.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 5:20pm -
  • Accor Reports Positive Q3 Revenue & RevPAR
    Accor's group revenue rose 4.1 percent on a like-for-like basis year over year in the third quarter to 1.05 billion euros. Consolidated revenue per available room also grew, by 0.7 percent, to 68 euros. RevPAR increased across all regions, save Asia/…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 5:15pm -
  • Amex Opens Corporate Cards to Startups & Rolls Out New Travel Rewards for Corporates
    Amex is opening its corporate card line to startups typically considered too small for corporate programs but too large and well-capitalized for small business card programs, said American Express Global Commercial Services president Anna Marrs. "Sta…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 11:05pm -
  • BCD Opens APIs & Development Tools to Third Parties
    BCD Travel is giving outside developers the ability to craft their own tech solutions to integrate with the travel management company's systems. BCD's new SolutionSource Developer Hub opens the TMC's application programming interfaces and developer t…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 10:55pm -
  • Cindy Fisher Joins GoldSpring Consulting
    Cindy Fisher, the former global head of CWT Meetings & Events, has joined GoldSpring Consulting as SVP of strategic business development. She will lead GoldSpring expansion efforts, offering travel buyers program assessment, sourcing, implementation…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 10:00pm -
  • Etihad & Air Arabia Will Launch Low-Cost Carrier
    Etihad is partnering with low-cost carrier Air Arabia to launch another LCC called Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 8:55pm -
  • JetBlue Plans to Interline with Norwegian Air
    JetBlue and Norwegian Air have signed a letter of intent to interline. Travelers will be able to combine connecting flights across the two carriers when booking on their respective websites and global distribution systems by summer 2020.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 8:45pm -
  • Southwest Tweaks Rewards Program
    As of Jan. 1, 2020, Southwest Rapid Rewards members must reach either 125,000 qualifying points or 100 qualifying one-way flights within a calendar year to receive a companion pass.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 8:45pm -
  • Southwest Pushes Boeing Max Farther on Schedule
    Southwest has extended the removal of Boeing 737 Max aircraft from its schedule through Feb. 8.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 8:45pm -
  • United Was Strong Outside Transpacific Routes in Q3
    United Airlines reported steady corporate travel volume as consolidated passenger revenue grew 3.6 percent year over year in the third quarter to $10.5 billion. Domestic passenger revenue increased 3.9 percent to $6.6 billion amid a 1.7 percent incre…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 8:45pm -
  • Amex GBT Tabs Levin to Oversee Info Security
    American Express Global Business Travel has named David Levin to a new role for the travel management company, chief information security officer.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 8:20pm -
  • CWT Replaces Technology Chief
    CWT has named John Pelant chief technology officer and EVP, effective Nov. 1.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:50pm -
  • Sabre Acquires LCC-Focused Tech Supplier Radixx
    Sabre Corp. has acquired airline retailing software provider Radixx for $110 million. Radixx provides passenger service systems and internet booking engines for low-cost carriers. Sabre CEO Sean Menke said the acquisition "allows Sabre to quickly exp…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:10pm -
  • Accor Co-Working Brand Wojo Will Expand Beyond France
    While WeWork faces stumbling blocks, Accor is doubling down on its partnership in co-working brand Wojo, which will expand beyond France by opening a Wojo Site in Barcelona. It will be the sole tenant of the new Sancho de Avila 65 office building in…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:10pm -
  • Hertz Unseats Enterprise as Top J.D. Power Car Rental Brand
    Customer satisfaction with on-airport car rentals reached an all-time high in J.D. Power's 2019 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study as Hertz displaced long-time favorite Enterprise as the top brand in the survey of 9,382 business and leisure…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Oct 19, 7:05pm -
  • Costs & Mileage for Mobile Workforces Are Rising
    Companies with mobile workers are seeing increases in both the average cost per worker and the average mileage traveled by their workforces, according to mobile workforce management company Motus' annual Mobile Workforce Benchmark Report. Most compan…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 19, 9:15pm -
  • Generator Purchases Freehand Hotels for $400 Million
    London-based Generator, a hospitality company that launched in 2011 with design-centric hostels, has purchased the New York-based Freehand Hotels and its food and beverage operations for $400 million.
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 19, 8:00pm -
  • Flybe Will Become Virgin Connect
    U.K. regional carrier Flybe is rebranding as Virgin Connect. Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital own Connect Airways and acquired Flybe in July. 
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 19, 4:50pm -
  • Pro Advice on Travel Risk Management
    BTN assistant editor Dawit Habtemariam gathered two small and midsize enterprise travel managers—Mapfre Insurance travel buyer Curtis Cleaves and Diamond Offshore travel manager Renee Gannaway—to wade through the challenges of travel risk managem…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 19, 9:50pm -
  • Amadeus Promotes Roy to Head of Technology, Platforms & Engineering
    Amadeus has promoted Sylvain Roy from VP of R&D for digital products and services for airlines to SVP of the Technology, Platforms and Engineering Group.
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 19, 7:05pm -
  • United Overhauls Premier Status Requirements
    United is eliminating mileage flown as a pathway to elite Premier status in its MileagePlus program. The new requirements, which take effect in 2020 for the next year's status levels, determine status by two measurements: Premier qualifying flights a…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 7:00pm -
  • Delta Grows Corporate Revenue in Q3 Despite Trade War Impact
    Delta's corporate and premium revenue grew year over year in the third quarter, though the carrier is beginning to see some declines on international routes due in part to the trade war with China. Corporate revenue increased 5 percent, driven by an…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 6:30pm -
  • American Puts Sales Under Revenue Leadership
    American Airlines is reorganizing its commercial and operations structure, including moving its global sales team directly under the carrier's revenue umbrella. SVP of customer experience Kerry Philipovitch announced Thursday she would retire at the…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 6:30pm -
  • United & American Keep Max Off Rosters Through Early January
    This week, both American Airlines and United Airlines postponed the return of Boeing 737 Max aircraft to their schedules until next year.
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 6:20pm -
  • Walmart CEO Moves to Air New Zealand
    Air New Zealand has named Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran as CEO. Foran, who grew up in Hastings and Hamilton, both in New Zealand, has led Walmart since 2014 and previously was president and CEO Of Walmart China.
    - 10 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 5:10pm -
  • ATG Will Use IBM's Watson to Improve Booking Experience
    Travel management company ATG is leveraging the natural language processing, information retrieval, automated reasoning and machine learning capabilities of IBM's Watson Assistant to deliver booking recommendations, based on the traveler's past booki…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Oct 19, 2:00am -
  • Tripbam's New Functionality, Plus an Upcoming Feature
    Tripbam founder and CEO Steve Reynolds shared with BTN editor-in-chief Elizabeth West insights into his product's recently released features and what is coming down the pipeline.
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 9:50pm -
  • Global Air Passenger Load Factor Set an August Record
    Global air travel demand rose 3.8 percent year over year in August, according to the International Air Transport Association. Capacity grew 3.5 percent. Load factor rose 0.3 percentage points to 85.7 percent.
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 8:00pm -
  • RoomIt by CWT Will Expand Hotel Offerings Via Four Partners
    RoomIt by CWT, the global hotel distribution division of travel management company CWT, will distribute content for booking from SiteMinder, Vertical Booking, RateGain and RateTiger by eRevMax.
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 6:35pm -
  • Kempinski Group Will Grow Global Footprint
    Just three months after the Kempinski Group's new CEO took over, the company plans to grow from operating 79 hotels today to more than 100 by 2021.
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 5:00pm -
  • Marine Travel Management Specialist Buys Louisiana Agency
    U.K.-based energy and marine travel management specialist Wings Travel Management will acquire Associated Travel on Nov. 1. Associated, based in Lafayette, La., is in the Uniglobe Travel International network.
    - 11 days ago, 10 Oct 19, 3:05pm -
  • Tramada Hires 30-Year Travel Industry Vet
    Michael Jacques has joined Tramada Systems, which operates cloud-based post-booking software for travel agencies, as senior director of business development, charged with expansion in North America. The company entered the region in 2017. Over the pa…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Oct 19, 11:35pm -
  • SAP Concur Talks Spend Management
    SAP Concur's Jim Lucier & Mike Koetting talk about Concur's strategic position within SAP's new Intelligent Spend Group, which includes SAP Ariba & Fieldglass; Concur's growth outlook; and Concur's product road map.   
    - 12 days ago, 9 Oct 19, 8:50pm -
  • ATPCO Hits the Accelerator on Airline Dynamic Pricing
    At its Elevate Conference this month, ATPCO unveiled a dynamic pricing model that enables airlines to more quickly get a larger number of price points out to the market, including personalized pricing. Part of that model includes a road map to what A…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Oct 19, 12:25am -
  • August's Flat Year-Over-Year International Inbound Travel to the U.S. Improved on July's Performance
    International inbound travel to the U.S. was flat in August, an improvement compared with the previous month, when the figure declined 1.2 percent, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index.
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 7:55pm -
  • Furnished Apartment Provider Zeus Living Launches in NYC
    Zeus Living, a furnished apartment provider geared toward business travelers staying 30 days or longer, has expanded to the New York City area. The company now offers housing in Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens and Hoboken and Jersey City in New…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Oct 19, 3:00pm -
  • Facial Recognition May Become Our Passports
    If flying domestically in the U.S., a traveler needs a driver's license or acceptable photo ID. Internationally, he or she needs a passport. Passengers also need boarding passes. But what if they didn't? What if a person's face, eyes, or thumbprint c…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 9:40pm -
  • Best Western Launches Extended-Stay Brand
    Best Western Hotels & Resorts' newest brand, SureStay Studio, will compete in the upper end of the extended-stay economy segment and will include both conversions and new builds. Best Western president and CEO David Kong told BTN business travelers w…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 8:05pm -
  • Delta Had the Best September On-Time Performance Among Major North American Carriers
    Delta had the best on-time performance among major North American carriers in September, according to Cirium, though the top three carriers were separated by only half a percentage point.
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 6:20pm -
  • Northstar Travel Group Acquires Buying Business Travel
    BTN parent company Northstar Travel Group has acquired U.K.-based Buying Business Travel from Panacea Media. Buying Business Travel is a leading B2B brand in the U.K., serving the corporate travel industry with online media, events and a magazine bra…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 3:30pm -
  • Expensify Launches Corporate Card
    Expensify is launching a corporate card that links directly to the company's expense system, obviating the need for corporate clients' employees to submit receipts for reimbursement. The company's new Visa-branded Expensify Card, issued by Sutton Ba…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 12:55pm -
  • Lot Will Launch Direct Service to San Francisco
    Next year, Lot Polish Airlines will launch direct service between Warsaw and San Francisco, its ninth route connecting Poland and the U.S. The round-trip flights will operate four times a week beginning Aug. 5, 2020. The route announcement comes as t…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 19, 12:50pm -
  • TripActions Adds Reporting & Carbon Impact Features
    TripActions has redesigned its travel manager dashboard and added visibility into traveler sentiment with a customer satisfaction score; agent service, including the number of support agent interactions and amount of time it takes to reach support ag…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 9:00pm -
  • Traxo Will Transmit Direct Airline Bookings to Duty of Care Providers
    A service from Traxo will enable booking data from more than 200 Airlines Reporting Corp.-member airlines to flow to duty of care providers, helping corporate travel managers track travelers who book directly.
    - 17 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 8:05pm -
  • Delta Adding Chat for Agents & Quicker Access to Meetings Fares
    Delta is adding a chat feature to its Delta Professional portal, through which agents can connect with the carrier's sales support team. Select accounts already are using the feature, and it will roll out to all other North America agency accounts ov…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 7:55pm -
  • Enterprise CEO Will Retire
    Enterprise Holdings CEO Pam Nicholson will retire at the end of the year. Nicholson has been with Enterprise since 1981 and has been CEO since 2013. Enterprise executive chairman Andrew Taylor said Nicholson "played a critical role in taking Enterpr…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 7:55pm -
  • Win Modernizes Networked Travel Management Company Model
    Global travel management company network Win and emerging booking tool provider WhereTo have modernized a central travel booking experience across the network of 6,000 travel agency locations. The move also streamlines the global data consolidation p…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 4:15pm -
  • Did You Know About A1 Certificates?
    "This is a really ridiculous process in preparation of a business trip," said Christoph Carnier, president of German business travel association VDR. He was referring to the application process for obtaining from the EU a portable document A1 certifi…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Oct 19, 10:30pm -
  • Fyle Improves Compliance & Spend Controls
    Cloud-based expense management provider Fyle now enables corporate card payments to flow into its expense management tool via application programming interface. Corporates now also can apply policy-based spend controls for real-time authorization of…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Oct 19, 5:55pm -
  • Etc.venues Signs Second NYC Location
    London-based conference venue provider Etc.venues has signed its second lease in New York City, after announcing the first in May. The additional venue will be a 30,000-square-foot space on the 14th floor of 601 Lexington Ave., at 53rd Street. The sp…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Oct 19, 5:50pm -
  • JAL Signs with Amadeus & Plans to Sunset Axess GDS
    Japan Airlines and Amadeus have signed an extended distribution and IT agreement in which Amadeus will be the carrier's recommended distribution partner in the Japanese market. The agreement will bring all f JAL's content—including the full range o…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 9:55pm -
  • Another Venue Management Software Adds Instant Booking
    Ivvy, a Queensland, Australia-based venue management software company, is the latest such business to add an instant booking tool for its venues and hotels. The company operates in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Those spaces using Ivv…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 7:40pm -
  • Troovo Lands Another Virtual Payment Partner
    Troovo's robotic process automation virtual card platform will integrate into mobile travel technology specialist mTrip's products. MTrip designs mobile apps for travel management company to provide their corporate clients. Altour will be the first T…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 7:00pm -
  • American & Alaska Cut Back on Loyalty Program Cooperation
    American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are scaling back their partnership. Their reciprocal loyalty program benefits will largely end as of March 1, 2020. Alaska Mileage Plan members no longer will earn miles on American Airlines international flights…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Oct 19, 5:15pm -
  • STR Will Sell to Real Estate Analytics Company
    CoStar Group—a real estate information, analytics and online marketplace company—plans to acquire hospitality analytics provider STR, which has 370 employees in 15 countries. They expect the $450 million cash transaction to close in the fourth qu…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 10:00pm -
  • Southwest Connects to AmTrav Via NDC Exchange
    AmTrav has begun making bookings on Southwest Airlines via ATPCO and SITA's NDC Exchange platform. The move will improve the travel management company's ability to sell the carrier, AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee said. AmTrav already had workarounds in place t…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 9:50pm -
  • Flight Centre Taps Troovo for Virtual Payments
    Flight Centre Travel Group will deploy robotics process automation specialist Troovo's virtual payment platform over the next several months for supplier payments across all systems and platforms. Travel management companies increasingly have leverag…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 7:45pm -
  • Tripbam Snags Dan Wiser from Cvent
    Dan Wiser has joined Tripbam as director of business development. Based in Dallas, he will develop corporate and travel management accounts for the reshopping, benchmarking and analytics company. Wiser most recently was regional VP of business transi…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 4:10pm -
  • Amex Exec Joins Lodging Startup
    Former American Express executive Shane Berry joined Mint House in July as chief customer officer and a board advisor. He will introduce travelers and corporate travel departments to the apartment-style startup, which is geared toward business travel…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 3:50pm -
  • Roomex Expands Partnership with Booking.com
    Dublin-based B2B hotel management platform Roomex has added 315,000 properties to its platform via Booking.com. The hotels are located across the U.K., Ireland, Germany and other parts of Europe. Roomex serves the construction, manufacturing, enginee…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Oct 19, 3:40pm -

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