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December 19, 2014 - 12:35 PM ET

British Airways and Iberia parent IAG announced Thursday that a takeover bid for Aer Lingus had been rejected by the board of the Irish flag carrier. Shares in Aer Lingus leaped 14 percent earlier in the day after the Financial Times disclosed BA was weighing a bid. IAG said: "There can be no certainty that any further proposal or offer will be forthcoming." Aer Lingus is the third-largest carrier at London Heathrow, BA's home airport, where few take-off and landing slots are available. Both the Irish government and Ryanair own significant stakes in Aer Lingus.

December 18, 2014 - 01:30 PM ET

Red Roof Inn and Brazilian lodging company Nobile Hoteis have partnered to develop up to 40 properties in Brazil through 2025, the companies announced on Wednesday. The properties will be a mix of new builds and conversions. The first is projected to open in Brasilia next year, according to the companies. 

December 17, 2014 - 01:30 PM ET

Nexus cardholders now can access Trusted Traveler screening lines at four Canadian airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced on Wednesday. The lines—in which travelers do not have to remove shoes, belts and light jackets and may keep approved liquids and laptops in their bags—are open to Nexus members and "other low-risk Trusted Travelers who have undergone extensive background checks." Additionally, Trusted Traveler kiosks, which expedite customs clearance, now are available in all Canadian airports at which Nexus also is available.

December 15, 2014 - 12:35 PM ET

Best Western International signed a global partnership agreement with Expedia to distribute its more than 4,000 branded hotels on Expedia sites, the hotel company announced. The agreement is the first of its type on a global scale for Best Western, according to a Best Western spokesperson. The agreement also includes distribution on Egencia but "is not a chainwide agreement for corporate preferred rates; our hotels will still have the option to opt into a preferred relationship with Egencia," according to the spokesperson.

December 15, 2014 - 11:55 AM ET

The Avis Budget Group as of Jan. 1 will consolidate its operations to two regions: the Americas and International, the company announced on Monday. Operations previously were divided into three regions: North America; Latin America and Asia/Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, Avis Budget announced that both North America president Thomas Gartland and Patric Siniscalchi, president of the Latin America and Asia/Pacific region, would retire at the end of this year. North America operations senior vice president Joseph Ferraro will lead the Americas region in the new year, and EMEA president Larry De Shon will lead the international division.

December 12, 2014 - 04:50 PM ET

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Max Hopper, Andrew Menkes, Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Andy Taylor this week were inducted into The BTN Group's Business Travel Hall of Fame. They join 19 members inducted in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Carlson Nelson was chairman and CEO of Carlson, negotiated the merger of Carlson and Wagonlit, grew the company into arguably one of the largest global travel management companies and led the industry in the fight against the prostitution of children. Former Sabre Group chairman and American Airlines senior vice president of information systems Hopper, who died in 2010, pioneered the use of information technology for airlines. Partnership Travel Consulting founder Menkes while with Republic New York Corp. became the first travel manager to secure Airlines Reporting Corp. accreditation as a Corporate Travel Department. Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, built the company into the largest player in the business travel car rental market. Spinetta, former CEO of Air France, led that carrier's merger with KLM, setting a precedent for the transformation of European national flag carriers to multinational airlines. 

December 11, 2014 - 03:55 PM ET

Motel 6 parent company G6 Hospitality is expanding into Latin America under two new brands, Hotel 6 and Estudio 6, the company announced this week. As a part of that expansion, the company signed a development agreement with Mexico-based Latina Promohoteles to build 55 new hotels under the two brands in major cities across Mexico by the end of 2020. The hotels will echo some of the elements of Motel 6 and Studio 6's Phoenix design, including wood-effect floors and platform beds, as well as "unique amenities to respond to the needs of the Latin American markets," according to the company.

December 11, 2014 - 12:10 PM ET

Meetings and hospitality tech firm Lanyon acquired U.K.-based meeting app provider GenieConnect, Lanyon announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Leading companies are looking to consolidate their entire meetings, events and travel programs with one provider, and mobile is a key element," Lanyon CEO David Bonnette said in a statement. The acquisition is Lanyon's third meetings technology-related deal of 2014, following its acquisitions of The Active Network's Business Solutions division and Passkey

December 10, 2014 - 10:25 AM ET

Singapore-based global distribution system Abacus International partnered with CarTrawler to expand ground transport content for subscribers, including "pre-paid content of over 1,300 car rental suppliers" and "chauffeur-driven services in 30,000 airport and city locations." Abacus will make the expanded ground content available to its agency subscribers via its ContentPlus aggregated booking platform, set to be released in the first quarter of 2015.

December 05, 2014 - 05:00 PM ET

SAP on Thursday completed its $8.3 billion acquisition of Concur, the companies announced. Concur will "operate as a business unit within SAP," according to Concur, and its existing management team will continue to lead the unit. SAP expects the acquisition to contribute up to €45 million in cloud subscriptions and support revenue for 2014, according to the companies.