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May 22, 2015 - 01:30 PM ET

Bank of America Merrill Lynch could enable Apple Pay for corporate card clients as early as this year, global card and comprehensive payables for global transaction services head Kevin Phalen said at BTN’s Tech Talk conference in Chicago. “We expect later this year, from a corporate commercial perspective, that the applications will be embedded for us to provide [the product] on behalf of our clients,” he said. Payment company leaders initially said security and data issues could lead to a two- to three-year waiting period for the technology.

May 21, 2015 - 11:40 AM ET

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts launched the Business Travel Programme for small to midmarket enterprises on Wednesday. It gives registered SME companies access to preferential rates and amenities at nearly 80 of Shangri-La's hotels. The Business Travel Programme is available only to SMEs that do not have a corporate rate agreement with Shangri-La and that generate at least 50 room-night bookings per year at the participating hotels.

May 20, 2015 - 04:45 PM ET

PricewaterhouseCoopers predicted that occupancy at U.S. hotels will reach 65.7 percent during 2015, a level not seen since 1981. In its updated lodging forecast, released Wednesday, PwC cited two sparks for occupancy growth: the expansion of online distribution channels, which help operators fill rooms during off-peak periods, and healthy group and transient demand. PwC predicts the U.S. average daily rate will increase 6.1 percent year over year during 2015 and anticipates similar occupancy (65.8 percent) and rate growth (another 6.1 percent) during 2016, as supply grows 2.2 percent.

May 19, 2015 - 02:35 PM ET

April air transactions processed by mega travel agencies and settled through ARC rose 1.1 percent year over year, according to ARC. Mega agencies include American Express, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Egencia, HRG and Omega World Travel. Online travel agencies last month witnessed a 10 percent year-over-year rise in ARC air transactions, while the group of travel agencies classified by ARC as "other" posted a 4.6 percent increase. In total, U.S. travel agency air ticket transactions in April rose 5.6 percent year over year, according to ARC.

May 19, 2015 - 02:30 PM ET

Maritz Travel Co. today announced the final list of partners in the Maritz Global Meeting Network, an initiative the company launched last October. Twenty-five professional congress organizers representing nearly 60 countries have joined Maritz to deliver consistent meetings products and services around the globe. A Maritz statement underscores that the partnership will facilitate better regional operations by keying into local cultures and preferences, as well as navigating complex business ethics, local government regulations and currencies.

May 19, 2015 - 02:25 PM ET

Wyndham Hotel Group will manage a new-construction conference center and hotel northeast of Downtown Cincinnati under the Dolce Hotels and Resorts brand, the company announced Tuesday. The 217-room hotel and 22,000-square-foot conference center, scheduled to open in 2017 within a larger mixed-use development in Madisonville, Ohio, is Wyndham's first new Dolce property since acquiring the brand in February.

May 18, 2015 - 03:30 PM ET

Amtrak restored all Acela Express and Northeast Regional service between Philadelphia and New York on Monday morning, the railroad service announced. Service along that segment had been suspended since a fatal May 12 derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.

May 18, 2015 - 03:25 PM ET

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group on Monday announced plans to grow its existing number of hotels in China from 14 to more than 50 during the next four years. The company said the move is part of an aggressive plan to expand its pipeline in such emerging markets as Dalian, Nanjing, Sanya, Shenzhen, Xiamen, and Xi’an, with hotel openings in Shenyang Hunnan and Libo slated for 2016. Carlson Rezidor is looking to expand brand presence in China particularly for the Radisson Red, Quorvus Collection, and Park Inn by Radisson brands. Twenty-eight hotels are already in development.

May 15, 2015 - 02:25 PM ET

GroundLink this week named Liz Carisone CEO, effective immediately, as Dean Sivley departs to become president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. Carisone has worked for GroundLink since 2012, most recently as CFO and senior vice president of operations. Sivley in a note to industry colleagues said he would "remain both an advisor and investor in GroundLink."

May 14, 2015 - 05:10 PM ET

Direct Travel acquired Greater Chicago-based travel agency Hobson Travel, its ninth acquisition in the past 12 months. Hobson Travel is a member of luxury travel network Virtuoso and focuses on "luxury, white glove" leisure service, according to Direct Travel.