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New ATPCO CEO Zoghlin Plans Focus on Simplification
New ATPCO CEO Zoghlin Plans Focus on SimplificationBy Michael B. Baker

When Alex Zoghlin first was asked whether he was interested in taking the leadership reins at ATPCO, "I actually laughed out loud," he said. As he looked at what ATPCO has been up to in recent years, however, the perception changed. "It's really amazing how transformational the company has been over the last few... Keep Reading

American Ready to Build Corp. Business Via New Partnerships
American Ready to Build Corp. Business Via New Partnerships

2020 has been a busy year for American Airlines in terms of partnerships. The carrier announced a new "West Coast International Alliance" with Alaska Airlines as well as a rebooted codesharing agreement with Qatar Airways even before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down air travel. Later in the year, the carrier also announced an... Keep Reading

For IHG, SME Focus Offers an Edge
For IHG, SME Focus Offers an Edge

InterContinental Hotels Group in 2018 introduced its Business Edge product, geared toward small and midsize companies, and the company says it has quickly grown, even during the pandemic. BTN senior lodging editor Donna M. Airoldi spoke with IHG SVP of global sales Derek DeCross about the program and developments in the... Keep Reading

Hip Pivots to Tackle Return-to-Work Strategies
Hip Pivots to Tackle Return-to-Work Strategies

When Hip CEO Amiad Solomon launched his company two years ago, he envisioned creating a platform similar to Uber and Lyft targeting intercity commuters—"the 100 million people who travel more than an hour to work by subway, train, bus or driving a car," he said. Since the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, Hip has turned its focus... Keep Reading

What's Next for GBTA?
What's Next for GBTA?

The Global Business Travel Association has completed an organizational diagnostic with association consultancy MCI USA. The three-month process delivered recommendations to the association that included increasing its value proposition with supplier members, providing greater transparency to all members and stimulating... Keep Reading

Oyo Hotels Looks to Business Travel for U.S. Economy-Tier Niche
Oyo Hotels Looks to Business Travel for U.S. Economy-Tier Niche

India-based hotel company Oyo Hotels in September promoted Kasra Moshkani to country head of the United States. Prior to joining Oyo in 2019 as region head for its Eastern U.S. division, he was the South and Southeast regional general manager for Uber. Moshkani in October spoke with BTN lodging editor Donna M. Airoldi about... Keep Reading

United Plans with 'Bounce Back' in Mind
United Plans with 'Bounce Back' in Mind

United Airlines during the past few months has been at the forefront of some industrywide changes spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic. They beat their competitors to the punch in announcing the end of most domestic change fees in late August—similar competitor announcements came within the next few days—and more recently were... Keep Reading

Booking Platform Hotel Engine Adds Execs on Expansion Path
Booking Platform Hotel Engine Adds Execs on Expansion Path

Hotel Engine, a no-contract, free-to-use corporate travel booking and management platform that raised $16 million in funding last fall, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a doubling of its executive team, the company announced on Thursday. It also relaunched its loyalty program this month, adding the ability for travelers... Keep Reading

Pandemic Not Displacing NDC as Amadeus Priority
Pandemic Not Displacing NDC as Amadeus Priority

Amadeus this month announced a commercial agreement with Air France-KLM in which it will be an aggregator of the airline group's New Distribution Capability content, the first deal of its kind with a major European airline group. Amadeus head of Americas travel content sourcing Robert Buckman spoke recently to BTN... Keep Reading

Sixt Launches Subscription Service as Latest U.S. Expansion Tactic
Sixt Launches Subscription Service as Latest U.S. Expansion Tactic

On the heels of its recent expansion in U.S. locations, Sixt in recent weeks launched a new subscription plan, Sixt Plus, for U.S. customers, in which they can rent vehicles long-term for a monthly fee. Sixt North America CEO Sebastian Birkel spoke recently to BTN transportation editor Michael B. Baker about the new service... Keep Reading

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