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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.
BridgeStreet Global Hospitality Group will make its serviced
apartments available through Airbnb’s recently launched corporate travel
portal, Airbnb for Business. Airbnb also will make its property listings
available to BridgeStreet clients. This is the first agreement inked between
Airbnb and a serviced apartment provider.
BTN named its annual list
of Best Practitioners in July. Along with our Travel Manager of the Year, these
four individuals elevated the practice of travel management. Their best
practices and innovation initiatives have changed the course of travel
management for their organizations and portend travel management trends for
others. BTN sat with Travel Manager of the Year, Eric Bailey, who is
Microsoft global travel and venue group lead, as well as Cisco Systems director
of global travel Susan Lichtenstein, Fore founder and Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation senior manager of global travel Pam Massey, BP global travel
services procurement manager Lisa Stanford and T-Mobile travel, expense and
card senior manager Robert Jacobsen.
BCD Travel signed a long-term agreement with
tripBAM and plans to offer the tool to its clients.
In the wake
of a 2014 joint-venture deal with Singapore-based real estate developer
Mapletree Group that was designed to facilitate aggressive global expansion, serviced
apartment provider Oakwood Worldwide is widening its network in
Canada, Latin America, the Asia/Pacific region and the United States. The
company also is three years into an eight-year preferred-provider agreement
with Marriott International. Oakwood director of sales David Holt spoke to BTN
lodging editor Julie Sickel about the company's evolution and its plan for the
Cvent Blue Release, Cvent Express and mobile
meetings apps were on the docket when BTN
editorial director David Meyer sat down with Cvent senior vice president of marketing
Eric Eden during the Cvent Connect conference at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, which
drew almost 2,500 attendees. Most of the 1,600 meetings buyers among them were
corporate, like Cvent's client base, which also includes several thousand
association, government and not-for-profit clients.
Over the past 12 years, Turkish Airlines has
increased its fleet size nearly sixfold from 55 aircraft to almost 300,
enabling it to fly “more countries than any other airline in the world.” BTN
transportation editor Michael B. Baker visited the carrier’s headquarters in
Istanbul, where a new airport slated to begin a phased opening in a few years
will give the carrier the capability to expand even further. Turkish Airlines
chief marketing officer Ahmet Olmustur
spoke about the airline’s growth plans, particularly in the U.S. corporate
segment, as well as upcoming technology and sales staff.
Strategic meetings management has been on the
corporate radar for well over...