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August 28, 2015 - 12:50 PM ET

International Air Transport Association CEO Tony Tyler will retire in June 2016, the association announced Friday. Its board plans to appoint a new CEO at IATA’s annual general meeting in Dublin the same month. Tyler, a former CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways, has led IATA since 2011 and said in a statement he would stay until that appointment is made.

August 27, 2015 - 12:20 PM ET

Amtrak will change Amtrak Guest Rewards’ redemption structure and boost travelers’ points-earning potential, it announced Wednesday. Set for launch in January, the program will offer bonus points on Acela and business class travel, and points no longer will expire so long as accounts have been active within three years. The program also will base redemption on ticket price rather than zone and route, remove blackout dates and offer an option to redeem for a combination of payment and points.

August 27, 2015 - 10:50 AM ET

Half of 110 United States-based Global Business Travel Association members plan to decrease spending on Lufthansa next week after it implements its controversial Distribution Cost Charge. The survey, fielded online last week among buyers that include Lufthansa as a preferred airline, also showed that "51 percent of all respondents definitely or probably will not use Lufthansa as a preferred carrier if the Lufthansa Group moves forward with the fee.”

August 26, 2015 - 05:05 PM ET

Hotel shopping service tripBAM has enhanced its program to ensure companies receive their negotiated rates. The rate-enforcement feature cross-checks traveler bookings with a company’s hotel-contract data and notifies the travel manager or agency if a traveler is not receiving the negotiated rate when the contracted room type is available. TripBAM will roll out the feature, available through TMC relationships and directly to clients, to select partners in September. “Rate compliance today is a fuzzy proposition, with local hotel owners and group managers unknowingly not honoring corporate negotiated rates,” founder and CEO Steve Reynolds said. “We’re merely trying to ensure all parties meet their contractual agreements.”

August 26, 2015 - 11:45 AM ET

U.S. hotels will collect a record $2.47 billion in fees and surcharges during 2015, according to New York University hospitality clinical professor Bjorn Hanson. That figure is 5 percent higher than 2014’s total, which also broke historical records. This year’s result is the product of a 3 percent year-over-year rise in occupied rooms, as well as increases in both the volume and dollar amount of fees and surcharges, according to Hanson. In recent years, group business has experienced increased charges for bartenders and other event staff, special charges for set-up and breakdown of meeting rooms and administrative fees for master folio billing.

August 26, 2015 - 11:40 AM ET

Third-quarter reserved occupancy in both the group and business transient segments is down from the same period last year, according to the August TravelClick North American Hospitality Review. On the group side, reserved occupancy is down 0.5 percent, but average daily rate is up 2.5 percent. Transient business reserved occupancy is down 1.4 percent, but ADR is up 4.9 percent. Overall reserved occupancy is up 0.6 percent for the quarter. The August NAHR looks at group sales commitments and individual reservations in 25 major North American markets booked by August 5, 2015, for hotel stays from August 2015 to July 2016.

August 26, 2015 - 09:25 AM ET

Partnership Travel Consulting appointed Tony O’Connor regional director of Asia/Pacific. O'Connor founded Melbourne-based independent consultancy Butler Caroye Asia Pacific.

August 25, 2015 - 02:35 PM ET

Delta Air Lines will add more service to the United Kingdom next year as part of its growing joint venture with Virgin Atlantic, the carrier announced Tuesday. On May 1, Delta will add seasonal service between Heathrow Airport and Salt Lake City, the only nonstop service between London and the United States’ Mountain West region, according to Delta. Later that month, Delta will add daily nonstop service between New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Scotland’s Edinburgh.

August 25, 2015 - 02:30 PM ET

July air transactions processed by mega travel agencies and settled through ARC rose 0.1 percent year over year, according to ARC data. Mega agencies include American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Egencia, HRG and Omega World Travel. Online travel agencies saw a 10.3 percent, while the group of travel agencies classified by ARC as "other" posted a 4.8 percent increase. Total U.S. travel agency air ticket transactions rose 5.7 percent.

August 24, 2015 - 02:00 PM ET

Airbnb for Business signed 500 companies within 24 hours of launching its global travel management suite, the company announced. Airbnb reported that more than 1,000 companies in more than 35 countries incorporate Airbnb into their corporate travel programs. The new tools, launched in July, allow travel managers to view employee bookings and itineraries at Airbnb properties, export companywide financial data and reports in real time and centralize billing.