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July 30, 2014 - 12:50 PM ET

Hilton Worldwide plans to equip nearly all of its hotels globally with digital check-in and room-selection capabilities by the end of this year, the company announced this week. The technology enables Hilton HHonors members to check in via their mobile devices or computers at 6 a.m. on the day before their stays and choose their rooms from either a floor-plan map or room list. Hilton plans to have the capabilities at U.S. properties in the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites brands by the end of the summer and at more than 4,000 of its more than 4,100 properties worldwide by the end of 2014. Next year, Hilton also will begin to equip rooms with technology enabling guests to use smartphones as their room keys upon arrival, with most rooms across its portfolio equipped with the technology by the end of 2016, according to Hilton. During that same period, Hilton will expand digital check-out capabilities currently available at U.S. hotels to its properties worldwide.

July 30, 2014 - 12:45 PM ET

FCm Travel Solutions partnered with the Dominican Republic's Emely Tours, which will help to create "a consolidated presence throughout the Americas," according to FCm Latin America and Caribbean Network director Maren Hanschke.

July 28, 2014 - 09:50 AM ET

Virgin America on Monday filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a registration statement for an initial public offering. Virgin has yet to determine "the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering." In the filing the airline indicated it provides "contractual travel discounts for over 175 major corporate customers," but acknowledged, "our smaller point-to-point route network and lack of connecting traffic and marketing alliances puts us at a competitive disadvantage to legacy carriers, particularly with respect to our appeal to higher-fare business travelers." Even so, the airline touts as a strength its blending of legacy airline and low-cost-carrier business models. The privately held company, which for years has publicly filed core financials, reported a $22.4 million net loss for the three months ending March 31, compared with a $46.4 million loss for the same period last year. Meanwhile, 2013 represented the airline's "first full year of profitability."

July 25, 2014 - 01:40 PM ET

Delta Air Lines removed second-checked-bag fees on most economy flights after Sept. 1 between South America and North America, Central America and the Caribbean, the carrier announced. The new policy applies to tickets issued for Delta-marketed flights on or after Friday, for travel on or after Sept. 1. Baggage fees for flights to and from Guyana remain in place. Delta also is removing the second-checked-bag fee for flights between El Salvador and the United States and Canada, applying to tickets issued on or before Friday, excluding travel occurring between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15.

July 24, 2014 - 02:40 PM ET

Citi and Concur partnered to provide to mutual clients consolidated data encompassing Citi corporate cards, the Concur expense system and travel management company data. Clients will have access to "a few" sets of complimentary reports, while additional reports can be purchased at a price determined on a "client-to-client" basis, Citi global head of commercial cards Manish Kohli told BTN. Leveraging Concur's TravelTrax reporting tool obtained when it acquired TRX, the system is accessible on the Citi Manager platform. Concur and Citi are running a pilot with two U.S.-based and two Europe-based clients and has made the tool available in all markets in which both companies operate.

July 24, 2014 - 10:35 AM ET

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted restrictions on U.S. airline flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. FAA officials late Wednesday said they made the decision after reviewing "significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation." FAA put the flight restrictions in place on Tuesday after a rocket strike landed about a mile from the airport.

July 23, 2014 - 10:20 AM ET

GlobalStar Travel Management partnered with language translation service provider TripLingo. According to GlobalStar, travel agency members can provide clients with a "customized and configurable version of TripLingo," including agency contact information, corporate travel policies and other resources. TripLingo also has reached deals with other travel management companies, including Hickory Global Partners.

July 22, 2014 - 12:40 PM ET

Hyatt Hotels Corp. selected Chuck Floyd to become global president of operations, a new position overseeing all three of Hyatt's regional presidents, effective Aug. 1. Floyd has led Hyatt's global operations center since 2012. Additionally, Hyatt will move Asia/Pacific senior vice president of operations Pete Sears to become group president for the Americas. The reorganized executive team structure, announced this week, also expands the role of global head of real estate and capital strategy Steve Haggerty to include responsibility for franchising and select-service hotels, which president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian called "key areas of growth over the coming years" for Hyatt.

July 22, 2014 - 09:15 AM ET

Despite rising client activity, Hogg Robinson Group expects profits to fall during its current fiscal year, according to an interim management statement. Client activity increased 5 percent year over year during the April-June reporting period while client spending dipped 3 percent (but grew 5 percent at constant currency). HRG's revenues declined 6 percent during the three months (but edged upward 1 percent at constant currency). The company cited several factors for deteriorated financial performance, including slower-than-expected trading activity with the government of Canada, an account it picked up last year; growing client adoption of self-booking, which incurs lower transaction fees; "strong competitor pricing"; and weakness in Asia and in Continental Europe's SME market. "During the remainder of the year we will address the balance of costs versus revenues," according to a statement from HRG chief executive David Radcliffe. "It is unlikely that the associated benefits will fully offset the fall in first-half earnings, but we expect the full-year earnings impact to be significantly less than in the first half."

July 21, 2014 - 12:55 PM ET

High-speed rail operator Eurostar reported a 6 percent increase in business travel bookings during the first half of 2014 versus the prior-year period. Total passenger numbers rose 2 percent to 5 million while sales revenue edged upward 0.5 percent (or 2 percent at constant currency) to £456 million (US$776 million). Following a second quarter that brought challenges to leisure demand in particular, "we are now beginning to see a more benign trading environment with encouraging signs of economic stability in France as well as the U.K.," according to a statement from Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic. "These more favorable conditions have helped deliver strong growth in business travel across our markets." He added that "the return to more normal levels of growth" for the company that links the United Kingdom to Continental Europe "reflects signs of greater stability in the Eurozone economies."