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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 18, 2014 - 09:10 AM ET

Sabre named Clinton Anderson senior vice president of strategy and business development. Following a 20-year stint at Bain and Company, Anderson most recently co-founded Emerson/Anderson, "a private investment firm focused on small cap businesses in the U.S. Southwest," according to Sabre. In his new role, he will focus on "identifying and evaluating organic and inorganic growth opportunities across Sabre, as well as leading the corporate strategy team," according to the company.

December 17, 2014 - 04:45 PM ET

Starwood Hotels & Resorts next year will eliminate Internet charges across most of its properties in a variety of ways,  the company announced on Wednesday. As of Feb. 2, Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program members booking through Starwood's brand websites and mobile apps will get free Internet access at "the majority of the portfolio," according to Chris Austin, Starwood vice president of global leisure and luxury sales. The move follows a similar policy announced in October by Marriott. At the same time, Starwood will make free Internet access an automatic perk for gold-level SPG members regardless of their booking method. Additionally, agents in the Starwood Preferred Guest Pro program who book through the Starwood Preferred Guest website can procure free Internet access for their clients, according to Starwood. The St. Regis brand also plans to make free Internet available brandwide next year, Austin said. 

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 16, 2014 - 09:25 AM ET

Orbitz for Business on Tuesday announced expense integration with Concur. Bookings made via the travel agency are "directly passed" into the expense system, according to the announcement. "As a result of this integration, an expense report is automatically initiated, which helps employees cut data entry time, increase reporting accuracy and visibility, and helps control and identify fraud."

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 15, 2014 - 09:40 AM ET

Travelport named Maria Chevalier global vice president of corporate incubation, "a newly created role to help develop Travelport's corporate and commercial offering," the company announced. Previously in travel management roles at Hewlett-Packard and Johnson & Johnson, Chevalier most recently helmed her own consulting firm. Travelport's creation of the new role follows recent investments in solutions geared toward corporations, including the acquisition of Hotelzon and the purchase of a 49 percent stake in Locomote. "Travelport will continue to develop its offering in the business travel space and, as well as strengthening its partnerships with TMCs, it will look at new opportunities to invest in products that distribute travel technology solutions to corporations," according to Travelport.

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.