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February 04, 2013 - 11:55 AM ET
Canada's WestJet signed a deal to use Farelogix technology for "new booking solution options for the travel agency community," according to the companies.
Colorado-based hotel collection Destination
Hotels and Resorts traditionally has targeted mainly group and leisure
business, but in recent years has begun focusing on corporate transient travel.
President and COO Jamie Sabatier recently spoke with Business Travel News
lodging editor Michael B. Baker about the company's urban growth and the impact
it has had on its participation in managed corporate travel programs.
York - The Association of Corporate Travel Executives in 2013 reversed two
years of financial losses and will report positive net income of "a few
hundred thousand" dollars, according to executive director Greeley Koch. "To
us that's very good, because we have always run lean and mean and never had
that large rainy-day fund." BTN editors last month spoke here with Koch
about the association's turnaround.
Extended Stay America just completed a watershed
year in its post-bankruptcy turnaround, with the completion in November of a
$565 million initial public offering. Work continues on portfolio-wide
investment and renovation to which the brand already credits a significant
uptick in rates, revenues and guest satisfaction ratings. Extended Stay America
CEO Jim Donald recently spoke with Business Travel News lodging editor Michael
B. Baker about the progress in renovations and the response he's seen from the
corporate travel community.
Delta Air Lines and
Virgin Atlantic on Jan. 1 officially launched a joint venture through which they
are sharing revenues, aligning corporate sales, coordinating
networks and planning schedules between the United States and United Kingdom. Announced
in December 2012 along with Delta's deal to acquire a 49 percent stake in
Virgin Atlantic, the JV fills a significant gap
in Delta's network for corporate travelers by expanding London Heathrow access.
The partnership also represents a fortified competitor to the dominant American
Airlines-British Airways joint venture on U.S.-U.K. services. Among
upcoming milestones, Delta in April will begin operating from Virgin's home at
London Heathrow Terminal 3 for flights to New York JFK, Boston and Seattle. The
carriers also are harmonizing services for a joint schedule. "From a financial and commercial
perspective, our interests are completely aligned across the
transatlantic," Delta president Ed Bastian said in an interview this week
with BTN executive editor Jay Boehmer. An edited transcript follows.
BTN this month inducted Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch into
the Business Travel Hall of Fame, not only for his stewardship of the hotel
chain but also, more importantly, for his advocacy for the travel industry.
Tisch recently spoke with BTN's David Meyer as part of BTN's Vision: 2020
project about the hotel industry and the consequences of neglecting U.S. travel
infrastructure. An edited transcript follows.
Air Lines for the third consecutive year maintained its position as the...