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  • BreakingAir Ticket Sales Rose 3.6 Percent in June
    The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies totaled $7.9 billion in June, a 3.6 percent year-over-year rise, according to Airlines Reporting Corp. The average price for a round-trip ticket for a flight within t…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:30pm -
  • BreakingVisaHQ Launches Voice Assistant
      Visa applications and U.S. passport solutions provider VisaHQ has launched a voice-activated service that guides travelers through the visa application process. With Visa Services, travelers can check the visa requirements for a future destination…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:05pm -
  • BreakingCory Garner Will Leave American Airlines
    American Airlines VP of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner will leave his position with the carrier at the end of the year, Garner said in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday. Garner, who has worked for American for two decades, was a pioneer in the…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 9:00pm -
  • BreakingUnited's New Discount Program Targets Midmarket Buyers
    United Airlines has launched a new corporate discount program, Propel, targeting midsize travel programs, a segment where the carrier previously had a "product gap," Americas VP of sales Jake Cefolia said. Propel offers five tiers of point-of-sale d…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 8:30pm -
  • Certify Acquires Abacus
    Certify has acquired expense management company Abacus for an undisclosed amount. Abacus joins expense tools ExpenseWatch, Nexonia and Tallie under Certify's management. Each company has maintained its own brand identity, as will Abacus, according to…
    - 23 hours ago, 17 Jul 18, 8:00am -
  • European Airline News Roundup
    Last week was a busy one for European airlines. One pending M&A deal got regulatory approval and another cooled off a bit. Meanwhile, one of the largest airline groups in the region is still hunting for new leadership.Norwegian Air Shuttle surprised…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 5:25pm -
  • United Orders 29 New Aircraft
    United has placed orders for 25 Embraer E-175 aircraft and four Boeing 787-9 aircraft to be delivered over the next two years. The E-175 aircraft will replace Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft that United Express partners are using, and the 787-9 will be o…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Jul 18, 5:15pm -
  • Three Meetings Tech Updates
    Groupize introduces Expert Assist, Convene gets funding and Etouches rebrands.
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 7:30pm -
  • Sync Your Watches: Amex GBT/HRG Merger Will Close Thursday
    American Express Global Business Travel 's acquisition of Hogg Robinson Group cleared European Union regulators today. Amex GBT expects to complete the deal July 19. Russia and the U.S. already have approved it.  
    - 5 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 2:20pm -
  • Air Service Resumes Between Ethiopia & Eritrea Following Peace Agreement
    On July 17, Ethiopian Airlines will resume daily service from Addis Ababa to the Eritrean capital Asmara for the first time in two decades.
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 9:30pm -
  • Rising Fuel Costs Intensify Delta's Focus on Raising Corporate Fares
    Delta aims to increase corporate airfares as one defense against rising fuel costs in the coming months, executives said in the carrier's earnings call on Thursday. Fuel costs in the second quarter were up about $600 million, or 32 percent, year over…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 9:30pm -
  • ARC Enables Alipay for ARC-Accredited Agency Transactions
    Airlines Reporting Corporation now can process Alipay transactions made through ARC's 12,262 U.S. retail and corporate travel agency locations, satellite ticket printing offices and online travel agencies. The capability is made possible through UATP…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 3:05pm -
  • A Different Take on Traveler Health & Wellness
    Mental and physical health are important issues for road warriors and that high volumes of travel are correlated with a number of poor wellness indicators. Traveler wellness is an increasingly important issue, and Dr. Rundle's article gives excellent…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 10:10pm -
  • CTM to Acquire Chinese TMC
    Australia-based TMC Corporate Travel Management will acquire Hong Kong-based TMC Lotus Travel Group, effective Oct. 2, 2018. CTM will integrate Lotus Travel with CTM Asia, strengthening its position in the region and making it the largest TMC in Hong…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 10:05pm -
  • Group Ground Transportation Platforms BusBank and Buster Join Forces
    Group transportation booking platform BusBank has acquired fellow booking platform Buster and plans to incorporate its "state-of-the-art booking and transportation management technology," according to the company.
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 6:45pm -
  • How One Company Improved the Travel Experience & Cut Costs Using Airbnb
    Airbnb, once off limits for Feld Entertainment travelers, has turned into an opportunity for director of sourcing, procurement and travel Christine Zajda. Airbnb for Work answers two big demands of her job at once: maximizing the travel experience fo…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 8:55pm -
  • New CEO at Oversight Systems
    Terrence McCrossan is replacing Patrick Taylor as Oversight Systems CEO. Taylor founded the expense monitoring and auditing company in 2003 and remains on the board of directors. McCrossan joins from payment firm Comdata, where he had served as gener…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 7:40pm -
  • EY Overhauls Hotel Procurement
    For the 2018 hotel sourcing season, EY decided to do something radical: throw out the annual RFP process and build something new to meet EY's unique needs. The program uses dynamic rates, market rate caps and Airbnb. The result? A hotel sourcing seas…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Jul 18, 11:40pm -
  • AccorHotels Unites FRHI Loyalty Platforms Under Le Club AccorHotels
    AccorHotels is bringing members of legacy FRHI loyalty platforms into its Le Club AccorHotels program for the first time since Accor closed its acquisition of the Fairmont parent company in July 2016. As of last week, members of the Raffles Ambassado…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Jul 18, 10:25pm -
  • Corporates' Visibility & Control of Out-of-Policy Expenses
    Over three-quarters of travel programs search expense reports for out-of-policy expenses, according to a Global Business Travel Association and AirPlus International survey between Jan. 17 and Feb. 1, 2018 of 163 U.S.-based travel managers, travel bu…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Jul 18, 6:50pm -
  • The Quantified Impact of Business Travel on a Person's Health
    Research by my colleagues and me over the past several years shows that physical, behavioral and mental health issues cluster among employees who travel extensively for work. The health issues that appear in concentrated amounts among this group incl…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Jul 18, 6:50pm -
  • Global Air Travel Demand Grew 6.1 Percent in May
    Global air travel demand rose 6.1 percent year over year in May, according to the International Air Transport Association. Compared to May 2017's year-over-year growth, May 2018's was moderate. IATA attributes this to rising airline input costs, such…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 8:05pm -
  • Alaska Recaptures Top Spot in North American Carrier On-Time Performance
    Alaska Airlines had the best on-time performance among North American carriers in June, according to FlightStats. Alaska had the top spot for four consecutive months from January through April before falling behind WestJet in May. June's weighted ave…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 7:15pm -
  • Air Italy Seeks to Be Italy's Top Carrier
    Italian airline Meridiana rebranded itself as Air Italy this year and then last month launched its first U.S. routes: from Milan to both New York and Miami. Chief commercial officer Andrea Andorno spoke with BTN executive director of conference, cont…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 3:40pm -
  • Shifting Hotel Commissions & Strategic Meetings Management Structures
    Genentech?s Amy Perrone, Cisco?s Carolyn Pund and Shire?s Monica Dickenson spoke about what drives internal and external strategic meetings management structures and how the shift in hotel commissions models could impact SMM program services.
    - 15 days ago, 3 Jul 18, 5:45pm -
  • CWT Appoints Chief Technology Transformation Officer
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel has named Rachel O'Brien as chief technology transformation officer and VP. In this new position for the company, she will manage governing, reporting, measuring and budgeting for CWT's product and technology division. She joi…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Jul 18, 5:35pm -
  • Cobalt to Distribute Fares Through Amadeus
    Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air has signed a full-content agreement to distribute its fares and services through Amadeus. The carrier also signed a distribution agreement with Sabre in March. Late last year, Cobalt joined the International Air Transport A…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 4:40pm -
  • GlobalStar Adds Service for Flight-Disruption Claims
    GlobalStar Travel Management's network of travel management companies now can help corporates claim compensation from airlines for flight delays, cancellations and missed connections. GlobalStar has achieved that by white-labeling flight-disruption c…
    - 18 days ago, 29 Jun 18, 7:40pm -
  • AccorHotels Plans to Buy 50 Percent of SBE Entertainment
    AccorHotels intends to acquire a 50 percent stake in lifestyle hospitality group SBE Entertainment Group. Accor stated in a media release that it had signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to purchase half of SBE's common e…
    - 18 days ago, 29 Jun 18, 7:05pm -
  • Card & Expense Startup Raises $9 Million
    Bento for Business, a Chicago-based financial solutions provider, has raised $9 million through an investment led by equity investment firm Edison Partners. This follows 2015's $2.5 million in seed financing from Anthemis Group, Blumberg Capital, Lio…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 10:10pm -
  • AirPlus Promotes Hagenbring to Managing Director
    Effective July 1, Andreas Hagenbring will replace Roland Kern as one of three AirPlus International managing directors. AirPlus chairman and managing director Patrick Diemer and managing director Spencer Hanlon remain in their roles. Hagenbring has…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 9:30pm -
  • Group & Business Transient Drive Q2 Results at North American Hotels
    Third-quarter bookings at North American hotels are stronger than at this same time last year for both the group and business transient travel segments, according to TravelClick. Group bookings are up 1.3 percent, and business transient is up 4.7 per…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 9:15pm -
  • The Project-Based Business Traveler
    More money and time are spent on project-based business trips than other business trips, according to a study conducted by the Global Business Travel Association and Rockport Analytics and sponsored by IHG. In 2017, the average that U.S.-based busine…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Jun 18, 8:35pm -
  • Air Canada's New Sales VP Talks Strategy
    Air Canada's sales team has gotten a new leader in recent weeks, as John MacLeod takes over as VP global sales and alliances. His predecessor, Duncan Bureau, is now president of Air Canada low-cost carrier Rouge. MacLeod joined Air Canada about 18 mo…
    - 20 days ago, 27 Jun 18, 9:55pm -
  • Uber Gets Short-Term Operating License in London
    Uber has secured a probationary, 15-month license to operate in London, ending months of legal limbo for the ride-hailing provider after its operating license renewal was rejected last fall. The ruling of Westminster Magistrates' Court said Uber is…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jun 18, 5:25pm -
  • Second North American Travel Management Company Will Resell Zeno
    Calgary travel management company Custom Travel Solutions will resell New Zealand-based Serko's Zeno booking and expense platform. Serko announced Zeno's first North American reseller agreement, with Montreal's Voyages Encore Travel, a month ago.
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jun 18, 4:00pm -
  • IHG Appoints Betty Wilson as VP of Americas Sales
    InterContinental Hotels Group has named Betty Wilson as VP of Americas sales, effective July 9. Wilson has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, having held prior executive positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and ConferenceDir…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 8:45pm -
  • U.S. Travel Industry Braces for Impact as Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban
    In a 5-4 ruling on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban on residents of seven countries. In the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled that Trump "had not exceeded his authority…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 8:35pm -
  • House of Commons OKs Heathrow Expansion
    The U.K. House of Commons, in a 415-to-119 vote, approved expansion plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport, according to the BBC. The plan, which would increase the airport's capacity to 130 million passengers per year and make it…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 5:15pm -
  • KDS Integrates Routehappy Data
    Booking tool KDS Neo will incorporate content from Routehappy under a multi-year subscription deal announced today. In the first stage, KDS Neo users searching for flights will see Routehappy's Universal Ticket Attribute information, which details fa…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Jun 18, 8:00am -
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Amex in Antitrust Case
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 opinion that American Express' rules barring Amex-accepting merchants from steering customers to less expensive forms of payments are not anticompetitive. The controversial decision settles an antitrust…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jun 18, 10:45pm -
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel Names New Chief Traveler Experience Officer
    Niklas Andreen will become Carlson Wagonlit Travel chief traveler experience officer and EVP in September. He will take over Matt Beatty's responsibilities for digital strategy and holistic customer experience, including CWT's booking tools and the C…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jun 18, 9:45pm -
  • IJet Rebrands to the Name of a Company It Acquired Two Years Ago
    Remember two years ago when iJet acquired WorldAware from Aon? BTN reported then that iJet would keep the WorldAware brand. Now, iJet is gathering up a string of recent acquisitions and rebranding them and in fact the whole company as WorldAware. Tha…
    - 23 days ago, 25 Jun 18, 1:55pm -
  • U.S. Hotels Report Increases in ADR & Occupancy in May but Weaker Overall Pricing Power
    The U.S. hotel industry saw year-over-year gains in both occupancy and average daily rate during May, according to STR, but rate growth was more modest than in recent months. Occupancy rose 0.7 percent to 68.2 percent, and ADR increased 2.6 percent t…
    - 25 days ago, 22 Jun 18, 7:45pm -
  • XL Airways Sees Corporate Travel Potential
    XL Airways CEO Laurent Magnin sees the heated competition among low-cost carriers on transatlantic routes as validation. "Everyone told me 10 years ago that long haul, low cost is impossible," he said. "Ten years after, low cost is continuing to grow…
    - 26 days ago, 21 Jun 18, 9:00pm -
  • Virgin Atlantic Appoints New CEO
    Virgin Atlantic EVP and chief commercial officer Shai Weiss will ascend to the CEO position next year, as Craig Kreeger plans to retire Dec. 31. Weiss joined Virgin Atlantic as a board member in 2012, became CFO in July 2014 and took his current role…
    - 27 days ago, 21 Jun 18, 5:20pm -
  • Air Ticket Sales Rose Nearly 6 Percent in May
    The consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies totaled $8.8 billion in May, a 5.7 percent year-over-year rise, according to Airlines Reporting Corp. The average ticket price for a U.S. domestic round-trip was $496…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 10:25pm -
  • TripIt Adds International Travel & Safety Features
    Users of SAP Concur's TripIt users now have access to safety ratings for nearly 30,000 neighborhoods around the world through a partnership with travel safety ratings firm GeoSure, and the itinerary app now can read confirmation emails in English, as…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 10:15pm -
  • IAG & Ryanair Push for EU Action on ATC Strikes
    British Airways parent company International Airlines Group and Ryanair are submitting a complaint to the European Commission regarding air traffic control strikes that "are destroying European air traffic and having a huge impact on consumers," acco…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 9:10pm -
  • Brussels Launches Transatlantic Basic Economy
    On Wednesday, Brussels Airlines began selling an Economy Light fare on transatlantic routes to New York, Washington and Toronto. The fare does not allow changes or cancellations, though passengers will still get food and beverage service and for addi…
    - 27 days ago, 20 Jun 18, 8:05pm -
  • What It's Like to Work with a VAT Reclaim Company
    "I recall arguing with Mark that there wouldn't be an amount to get" back said HayNeil Consulting tax matters partner Barry Bloch. Global VaTax co-founder and CFO Mark Berger had approached HayNeil in June 2017 about helping the U.S.-based corporate…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Jun 18, 9:15pm -
  • Corporate Use of Premium Economy from Singapore Is Rising
    Corporate traveler use of premium economy cabins has grown significantly on routes from Singapore over the past two years, according to research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Travelport. The research analyzed 1.3 million bookings departing from Sin…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Jun 18, 9:10pm -
  • Neeleman Is Poised to Reenter U.S. Aviation
    JetBlue founder David Neeleman is raising $100 million to develop a U.S. low-cost carrier, according to a report by Airline Weekly. The carrier, Moxy Airways, has orders for 60 Bombardier CS300 aircraft and would concentrate on secondary airports lik…
    - 29 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 9:25pm -
  • CWT CEO Kurt Ekert's State of the Industry
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel president and CEO Kurt Ekert talked with BTN contributing editor Amon Cohen about the competitive landscape and the digital innovations his mega travel management company is working on for customers.
    - 29 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 9:25pm -
  • Mezi Pulls Out of TMC Relationships
    Artificial intelligence-powered travel concierge Mezi has pulled out of its travel management company relationships, cutting ties to the corporate travel space after being acquired by American Express in January. Mezi, which began as a generalized s…
    - 30 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 7:10am -
  • Revamped Sheraton Brand Will Emphasize Gathering in Public Spaces
    Community tables; lounge, booth and studio spaces; and a designated on-property "community manager" are some of the additions coming to the public spaces inside Sheraton Hotels as Marriott International works to improve the brand globally.When Marrio…
    - 32 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 10:10pm -
  • Business Travel by the Numbers
    North American hotel outlook for April 2018 to March 2019; year-over-year changes in average daily rate & occupancy across the globe in January, February & March; top U.S. midsize cities for meetings & conventions ranked by region; plus corporate air…
    - 32 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 7:00pm -
  • Turkish Ready for Switch to New Airport This Fall
    On Oct. 29, Turkey plans to open Istanbul New Airport, also known as Istanbul Grand Airport, unlocking the potential for significant capacity growth to and through the Turkish metropolis. Istanbul's current main airport, Ataturk, is limited to 70 mil…
    - 32 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 7:00pm -
  • Sodexo Launches Integrated T&E Solution Rydoo
    After acquiring Belgian expense management company Xpenditure and business travel booking tool Maya last year, employee services firm Sodexo has integrated the tools into a T&E solution called Rydoo. When Xpenditure launched in the U.K. in March, So…
    - 33 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 8:45pm -
  • Balancing Cost Control & Employee Experience
    T&E generally accounts for 10 to 15 percent of a company?s expense base, but the bottom line isn?t the only factor in travel policy. American Express Global Commercial Services? Global Client Group card transaction data reveals four trends about empl…
    - 33 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 8:25pm -
  • ConferenceDirect Names Director of Conference Management Operations
    Global meetings management firm ConferenceDirect named Rita Moore as director of conference management operations, starting immediately. Moore will oversee the conference management team, including training, recruiting and processes. ConferenceDirect…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 5:05pm -
  • Domestic Business Travel Has Grown for Four Consecutive Months
    The number of domestic business trips grew 3.6 percent year over year in April, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index. This is the first time in three years that domestic business travel has grown for four consecutive months.…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 3:30pm -
  • Facebook & Google, Not Airbnb, Are Keeping Hotel Execs Up at Night
    Watchers of the hotel industry have understood hoteliers to have two major modern foes: online travel agencies, whose commissions now stand at 15 to 25 percent, and Airbnb, which stands to steal market share. But at the NYU International Hospitality…
    - 35 days ago, 13 Jun 18, 3:20pm -
  • Airfares Continue Decline in U.S. Consumer Price Index
    The average airfare paid in the U.S. in May declined 1.9 percent compared with April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the second month in a row of month-over-month declines, according to the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index. Year over year,…
    - 35 days ago, 12 Jun 18, 9:20pm -
  • IHG Launches Upscale Brand Voco
    InterContinental Hotels Group has launched its new upscale brand, Voco. The company announced the brand in February, though it hadn't released the name until now. IHG said the name is inspired by the Latin word for "invite" or "come together." The b…
    - 36 days ago, 12 Jun 18, 5:35pm -

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