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October 24, 2014 - 09:15 AM ET

Delta Air Lines named Steven Larkin to a new sales director position responsible for corporate and agency accounts in Canada. Larkin's previous airline experience includes Virgin Atlantic Airways' regional manager for Canada and sales manager covering Western Canada for Singapore Airlines. More recently, he was CEO of Intrepid Travel, a group of travel adventure companies.

October 23, 2014 - 11:45 AM ET

The average daily rate at La Quinta Inns & Suites increased 4.6 percent year over year to $85.91 during the third quarter, the company reported Wednesday. Systemwide occupancy increased 2.8 percentage points to 71.7 percent, and the brand opened seven franchised hotels, including the company's 500th franchise property, according to La Quinta president and CEO Wayne Goldberg. As of Sept. 30, the company had a pipeline of 196 franchised hotels that totaled more than 16,000 rooms. The company reported a net income of $18.2 million for the quarter, down from $22.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, inclusive of a voluntary prepayment of $75 million on its senior secured term loan facility. 

October 23, 2014 - 11:25 AM ET

ATPI Group grew its travel and events management network with the addition of Romania's Business Travel Turism. According to ATPI, Bucharest-based Business Travel Turism for 22 years has served the corporate, incentive, events and leisure travel sectors. ATPI now claims wholly owned operations or partnerships in 42 countries.

October 23, 2014 - 11:20 AM ET

GlobalStar Travel Management added Australia's Concierge Business Travel to its network. Concierge Business Travel CEO David Greenland in a statement noted increasing demand from Australian clients for travel management services in other countries.

October 22, 2014 - 11:00 AM ET

American Airlines on Wednesday announced a codeshare agreement with Jetstar Japan. Owned in part by AA joint business partners Japan Airlines and Qantas, Jetstar Japan serves 10 destinations in Japan with a fleet of 18 Airbus A320 aircraft. Beginning Oct. 26, AA will add its code to Jetstar service between Tokyo Narita International Airport and Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa, Osaka and Sapporo.

October 22, 2014 - 09:25 AM ET

Hickory Global Partners named Grasp Technologies as its preferred tech provider, noting that Grasp's "automation, reporting and business intelligence solutions" will be made available to member agencies at a discount. The two companies intend to collaborate on new, tailored solutions and announced that Hickory would be "the first" organization to pilot the forthcoming Grasp-tripBam integration. Announced this month, Grasp-TB Sync will provide Hickory agencies automated back-office data transmission for tripBam's hotel shopping service.

October 21, 2014 - 01:00 PM ET

The average daily rate at InterContinental Hotels Group properties during the third quarter increased 3.6 percent year over year, the company reported Tuesday. Quarterly ADR increased in the Americas (4.6 percent), Europe (3.8 percent) and Asia, the Middle East and Africa (2.3 percent) but declined 2.6 percent in Greater China. Global occupancy increased 2.3 percentage points year over year. The company opened 8,000 rooms, signed 16,000 rooms into the system, and delivered net system size growth of 2.7 percent, according to IHG.

October 21, 2014 - 10:00 AM ET

Eurostar reported a 6 percent year-over-year increase in third-quarter business-class bookings, resulting from "growing economic confidence [in the United Kingdom] that … continued to gather momentum." Overall, the high-speed rail service provider linking the United Kingdom and mainland Europe said third-quarter passenger volume and sales revenue grew 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, versus the year-earlier period. With its 20-year anniversary coming next month, Eurostar now claims 10 consecutive years of growing passenger counts and sales volumes. The company is planning network expansion in the coming years, including new service in 2016 between London and Amsterdam.

October 20, 2014 - 03:00 PM ET

Total U.S. travel agency air transactions processed through ARC in September increased 5.4 percent from the year-earlier period. Mega travel management companies (listed by ARC as American Express, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Expedia's Egencia, Hogg Robinson Group and Omega World Travel) as a group posted a 4.7 percent increase, higher than their aggregate 2.2 percent year-to-date growth rate. For the online agency segment, transactions in September were marginally higher but still down 2.3 percent on the year. All those categorized as "other" combined for 10.2 percent transaction growth, above their 7.9 percent year-to-date increase. Meanwhile, the average roundtrip airfares (excluding taxes) purchased through ARC generally were flat versus September 2013 levels. That included $731 transacted through megas, $629 among those in the "other" category and $390 among online travel agencies. In the zero-to-six-day advance-purchase category, average September fares declined in each agency segment.

October 16, 2014 - 02:30 PM ET

Singapore-based global distribution system Abacus partnered with Conferma to provide travel management companies the ability to create virtual cards, the payment technology provider announced. Agents will be able to create single-use 16-digit virtual cards for individual travel bookings including air, lodging, car rental, rail "and more," according to Conferma. Each virtual card can be used for booking and payment of multiple transactions and will have a specified amount, expiration date and merchant to prevent against misuse by unauthorized users. Conferma already partners with Sabre. Sabre Pacific, which services the Asia/Pacific region, is wholly owned by Abacus.