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Amadeus: Bundles, Adoption Propelling NDC Progress
Amadeus: Bundles, Adoption Propelling NDC Progress

Amadeus this month published a report dubbing 2021 as "the year of scaling" for the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard. Amadeus director of global air content acceleration Ludo Verheggen, along with American Airlines director of distribution strategy Neil Geurin, recently spoke with... Keep Reading

Best Western CEO Assesses Permanence of Pandemic Changes
Best Western CEO Assesses Permanence of Pandemic Changes

Best Western Hotel Group CEO David Kong spoke with BTN senior editor Donna M. Airoldi at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles in late July about Best Western's recovery, business travel, corporate travel program changes and current hotel trends that could endure in a post-Covid environment. Edited highlights... Keep Reading

Tripism's Adam Kerr on Trying to Build a Better Travel Intranet
Tripism's Adam Kerr on Trying to Build a Better Travel Intranet

First piloted six years ago to serve as the corporate travel intranet for Microsoft, Tripism since has expanded into a travel planning and engagement provider for a range of large companies. Tripism founder and CEO Adam Kerr recently spoke with BTN payments and technology editor Adam Perrotta to discuss how... Keep Reading

New HRS Payments Growth Chief Knackstedt Sees Opportunity In Recovery
New HRS Payments Growth Chief Knackstedt Sees Opportunity In Recovery

When corporate travel industry veteran Kurt Knackstedt recently took over as chief growth officer for HRS's Payment Solutions business unit, it became the latest step in his long and varied career in corporate travel. Knackstedt spoke with BTN payments and technology editor Adam Perrotta about his plans for building out... Keep Reading

TravelPerk Eyes Deals After Funding, Acquisition
TravelPerk Eyes Deals After Funding, Acquisition

Barcelona-headquartered corporate travel management provider TravelPerk kicked off the year in January by acquiring U.S.-based booking system provider NexTravel, and three months later closed a $160 million investment round. TravelPerk chief commercial officer Jean-Christophe Taunay-Bucalo recently spoke with BTN technology... Keep Reading

BP Develops Free Meetings Carbon-Reduction Tools
BP Develops Free Meetings Carbon-Reduction Tools

Energy and petroleum company BP, through its procurement department and its BP Target Neutral sustainability division, has updated its carbon-emissions calculator for events and created a low-carbon toolkit, each of which are free for any planner to use. BTN senior editor Donna M. Airoldi recently spoke with BP global... Keep Reading

New United Global Sales Leader Prepares for Fall Rebound
New United Global Sales Leader Prepares for Fall Rebound

  United Airlines SVP of worldwide sales Doreen Burse talks about her plans in her new role, the latest she's hearing from corporate customers on returning business demand and how United customers are approaching contracting as they prepare to emerge from the pandemic.  ... Keep Reading

Southwest Collecting 'Ingredients' for Travel Recovery
Southwest Collecting 'Ingredients' for Travel Recovery

Southwest Airlines this week began service out of Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport for the first time since 2005, with 15 daily departures to five markets: Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, New Orleans and Denver. Houston is only one of several new markets in Southwest's plans this year, however. VP of Southwest... Keep Reading

Etihad Aims to Stay a Step Ahead of Health Requirements
Etihad Aims to Stay a Step Ahead of Health Requirements

Throughout the pandemic, Etihad Airways has been ahead of the curve with some of its health initiatives, including early moves to make Covid-19 testing mandatory for travelers. More recently, it moved to ensure rapid vaccination of its on-board employees, as its home country, the United Arab Emirates, boasts one of the... Keep Reading

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