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February 05, 2013 - 09:40 AM ET
International Travel Partnership aligned with Colombia's Swiss Andina Turismo, a travel agency with locations in Bogotá and Medellín.
Since launching its Paris-Newark service this summer, all-business-class carrier La Compagnie has met its share of skepticism, given the failures of the model by most prior transatlantic entrants. Co-founders Frantz Yvelin—who also founded L'Avion, the only all-premium-class transatlantic carrier launched during the last decade that did not fold—and Peter Luethi are confident that their model of business-class-level service and seating at a price point between economy pricing and business-class pricing on legacy carriers will be sufficient to sustain and grow La Compagnie. Yvelin and Luethi on Oct. 1 spoke with BTN's Chris Davis and Michael B. Baker about the carrier's first months, its progress in gaining corporate market share and what differentiates La Compagnie from earlier models that failed in the space.
Virgin Atlantic next year will fold its domestic U.K. Little Red service, which launched in 2013 between London Heathrow and Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester.
Los Angeles - Accor Hotels senior vice president of global sales Carlo Olejniczak in late July discussed with BTN editor-in-chief Chris Davis the implications of the global hotel company's move to a Salesforce customer relationship management system, the state of corporate negotiations, business travel and meetings demand and Accor's distribution strategy.
The average daily hotel rate paid by Hogg Robinson Group clients during the first half of 2014 declined year over year in most global regions, but ADR in local currency terms increased in 31 of its top 50 markets, according to the travel management company's Interim Hotel Survey, released Tuesday.
Los Angeles - The Hertz Corp. executive vice president of sales and marketing Bob Stuart late last month sat down here with Business Travel News editor-in-chief Chris Davis to discuss the car rental company's strategy in dealing with the corporate market, its approach to corporate pricing, the state of corporate demand and Hertz's approach to on-demand renting.
Los Angeles - American Express Global Business Travel president and CEO Bill Glenn took the stage here last month during the Global Business Travel Association's annual convention. During his speech he discussed the ambition to "create the curve." The BTN Group editorial director David Meyer and executive editor David Jonas later sat with Glenn to discuss that point, as well as development of the new Amex GBT, following the creation of a joint venture with outside investors.
A difficult negotiating climate has not soured
corporate travel buyers' attitudes...