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July 23, 2014 - 10:20 AM ET

GlobalStar Travel Management partnered with language translation service provider TripLingo. According to GlobalStar, travel agency members can provide clients with a "customized and configurable version of TripLingo," including agency contact information, corporate travel policies and other resources. TripLingo also has reached deals with other travel management companies, including Hickory Global Partners.

July 22, 2014 - 02:55 PM ET

Sabre announced it is testing integration of "out-of-program" hotel bookings through its TruTrip system. TruTrip is being developed to manage and track bookings regardless of source and to synchronize with travel management tools. The newest phase brings off-channel hotel bookings "into the existing workflow and software solutions used by corporations and agencies." Additional features include "an intelligent rules engine that aggregates and normalizes business travel itinerary data from different sources and a new open-systems trip record that integrates an out-of-program booking directly into that trip record as a structured segment." Sabre announced TruTrip last summer and in February combined it with the GetThere corporate booking tool and the TripCase Corporate mobile app to create its Global Corporate Solutions division.

July 22, 2014 - 02:10 PM ET

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for 24 hours banned U.S. airlines from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport. The FAA notice at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday follows "a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from" the Tel Aviv airport, according to a statement. "Updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines as soon as conditions permit, but no later than  24 hours from the time the Notice to Airmen went into force." Delta announced that it has suspended service to the airport "until further notice." Some European airlines also have suspended service, according to published reports.

July 22, 2014 - 12:40 PM ET

Hyatt Hotels Corp. selected Chuck Floyd to become global president of operations, a new position overseeing all three of Hyatt's regional presidents, effective Aug. 1. Floyd has led Hyatt's global operations center since 2012. Additionally, Hyatt will move Asia/Pacific senior vice president of operations Pete Sears to become group president for the Americas. The reorganized executive team structure, announced this week, also expands the role of global head of real estate and capital strategy Steve Haggerty to include responsibility for franchising and select-service hotels, which president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian called "key areas of growth over the coming years" for Hyatt.

July 22, 2014 - 11:10 AM ET

The average daily rate at U.S. hotels in June increased 4.3 percent year over year to $116.20, according to STR. Occupancy increased 2.9 percent to 71.7 percent. The largest ADR increases among major markets were in Nashville (14.9 percent to $125.93), San Francisco (12.9 percent to $213.54) and Seattle (11.5 percent to $150.14). June ADR dropped in two major markets: Philadelphia (down 4.6 percent to $123.70) and Chicago (down 1.7 percent to $151.38).

July 22, 2014 - 09:15 AM ET

Despite rising client activity, Hogg Robinson Group expects profits to fall during its current fiscal year, according to an interim management statement. Client activity increased 5 percent year over year during the April-June reporting period while client spending dipped 3 percent (but grew 5 percent at constant currency). HRG's revenues declined 6 percent during the three months (but edged upward 1 percent at constant currency). The company cited several factors for deteriorated financial performance, including slower-than-expected trading activity with the government of Canada, an account it picked up last year; growing client adoption of self-booking, which incurs lower transaction fees; "strong competitor pricing"; and weakness in Asia and in Continental Europe's SME market. "During the remainder of the year we will address the balance of costs versus revenues," according to a statement from HRG chief executive David Radcliffe. "It is unlikely that the associated benefits will fully offset the fall in first-half earnings, but we expect the full-year earnings impact to be significantly less than in the first half."

July 21, 2014 - 02:20 PM ET

The average daily rate at Preferred Hotel Group member hotels during the second quarter increased 4 percent year over year, the company announced Monday. Room nights were up 18 percent year over year, and bookings were up 20 percent. Preferred projects the growth will continue into the fall, with to-date bookings for member hotels in September running 21 percent higher than this time last year, according to president and CEO Lindsey Ueberroth. Preferred's reservation revenues increased 23 percent year over year during the quarter, and the group added 12 hotels over that period, the company reported.

July 21, 2014 - 02:10 PM ET

Restaurant spending by Dinova corporate clients during the second quarter increased 8.3 percent year over year, the company announced Monday. Clients' average second-quarter check increased 3.8 percent to $53.92. Dinova clientele includes a quarter of the largest corporate travel programs in the United States, and its network includes more than 10,000 independent and chain restaurants, according to the company.

July 21, 2014 - 12:55 PM ET

High-speed rail operator Eurostar reported a 6 percent increase in business travel bookings during the first half of 2014 versus the prior-year period. Total passenger numbers rose 2 percent to 5 million while sales revenue edged upward 0.5 percent (or 2 percent at constant currency) to £456 million (US$776 million). Following a second quarter that brought challenges to leisure demand in particular, "we are now beginning to see a more benign trading environment with encouraging signs of economic stability in France as well as the U.K.," according to a statement from Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic. "These more favorable conditions have helped deliver strong growth in business travel across our markets." He added that "the return to more normal levels of growth" for the company that links the United Kingdom to Continental Europe "reflects signs of greater stability in the Eurozone economies."

July 21, 2014 - 09:10 AM ET

Egencia announced five new alliance partners and launched online services in the Czech Republic. New Egencia Global Alliance members added this year include Orbit Corporate Travel in New Zealand; Montevideo-based Viajes y Turismo; OK Voyage in Algiers; Giza, Egypt-based Travco Group International and Al Tayer Travel headquartered in Dubai. Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, partner Business Travel Unlimited's offline services now integrate with Egencia's online booking system.