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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

Hyatt Prepares for Hybrid Events
Hyatt Prepares for Hybrid Events

Meetings and events accounted for 30 percent of Hyatt Hotels Corp.'s room revenue in 2019. Covid-19 has all but obliterated that segment for now, but the company is seeing a slow return of face-to-face gatherings. Hyatt SVP of events Steve Enselein last week spoke with BTN senior editor Donna M. Airoldi about how the company... Keep Reading

Regional Agency Conlin Travel Pushes Ahead with M&A Amid Pandemic
Regional Agency Conlin Travel Pushes Ahead with M&A Amid Pandemic

Midsize regional travel agency Conlin Travel, which in 2019 had total sales of $180.2 million, 88 percent of which was generated by business travel, this month acquired a pair of small leisure-focused agencies. Conlin CEO Chris Conlin last week spoke with BTN managing editor Chris Davis about the ways Covid-19 has altered the... Keep Reading

Etihad Working to Rekindle Pre-Pandemic Momentum
Etihad Working to Rekindle Pre-Pandemic Momentum

The smallest of the Big Three Gulf carriers, Etihad Airways had a big start to 2020—on track to double earnings compared with last year, per its most recent earnings report—until, as with all carriers, Covid-19 brought it all to a screeching halt. Now, the carrier is cautiously rebuilding its network, including service from... Keep Reading

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