Trial testimony by CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert proved instructive for anyone looking to understand travel management company dependence on global distribution systems. There was no elephant in the courtroom on the payments GDS firms make to TMCs. Ekert acknowledged that in 2018, GDS companies paid CWT incentives totaling roughly $155 million, about 10 percent of its revenues that year.

Ekert testified in the United States v. Sabre trial, through which the Department of Justice is attempting to enjoin the acquisition of Farelogix by Sabre. The . . .

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