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January 31, 2013 - 02:50 PM ET
American Airlines and Malaysia Airlines on Thursday announced a codeshare agreement, as the Kuala Lumpur-based carrier officially became a full member of the Oneworld alliance.
Langham Hospitality Group earlier this year hired as CEO former Ritz-Carlton executive Robert Warman, making him the first American chief executive for the Hong Kong-based company. Fittingly, Langham during the past few years has been bulking up its presence in North America, both with new properties and an increased sales presence. Warman recently spoke with Business Travel News senior editor Michael B. Baker about the company's goals for North America as well as its moves into the resort and lifestyle hotel space.
Managed corporate travel in Latin America is showing new signs of maturity, though developing global travel programs in the region still present some cultural and structural difficulties.
Jan. 1, 2014, the Delta Air Lines-Virgin Atlantic joint venture coalesced
further this month as Virgin assumed responsibility for both partners' sales in
the United Kingdom. The move replicates a similar arrangement in the rest of
Europe, where another joint venture partner, Air France/KLM, since 2009 has
handled sales for Delta. In the United States, Delta is taking the sales lead
for all those carriers. BTN contributing editor Amon Cohen spoke to Frank
Jahangir, Delta staff vice president of sales and affairs for EMEA and India,
and Virgin U.K. general sales manager Scott Davies about the effect of their
growing partnership on U.S.-U.K. corporate agreements.
While most North America-based senior finance executives expect year-over-year local economic expansion during the next 12 months, according to a new survey, many of them also believe that ongoing regulatory and political concerns will have a "negative impact" on such growth. A total of 507 senior executives responsible for finance activities within their companies and based in North America, Asia/Australia, Europe and Latin America completed the survey in spring 2014, released Monday by American Express and CFO Research, of whom 21 percent were based in North America.
Most meeting professionals foresee improving business conditions in 2014 compared with last year, and most project this year's meeting budgets to at least hold steady, according to a Meeting Professionals International survey released this week. However, the number of respondents who project higher meeting attendance has slipped since a similar survey released a few months ago.
Oakwood Worldwide plans to aggressively expand the serviced apartment model in the United States through its newly formed joint venture with Singapore-based real estate developer Mapletree, according to Oakwood CFO Bill Foltz.
you're a U.S. airline executive or a hotelier, these are heady times. In...