global distribution system

BCD Travel Ditches Travelport

BCD Travel is moving to two global distribution system partners from three, focusing on Amadeus and Sabre while leaving out Travelport. “We have a high regard for Travelport, but we’re confident that the direction we’ve taken is the right one for our business and our customers,” according to a statement attributed to Thane Jackson, BCD…

Following Move To Amadeus, Gant Travel Signs Aimendo For Text Automation

San Diego — Gant Travel Management in 2020 migrated from Travelport’s Apollo to Amadeus, becoming one of the top North America-based corporate travel management companies for the Madrid-based global distribution system operator. Enticing Gant were new Amadeus scripting capabilities and other workflow improvements made possible by “advancements” in connectivity to the TMC’s tech stack, including…

United Preps Distribution Channels For Continuous Pricing

United Airlines is testing continuous pricing on some U.S. routes. The concept frees airlines from the traditional alphabet-based fare class structure and permits more flexibility with smaller jumps between price points. Distributing such fares through all channels is a challenge, and United is pressing ahead on direct booking for corporate accounts. It’s planning a new…

TravelPerk Reveals Direct Connection With Hilton, Which Claims No Agreement

[CORRECTION, Aug. 15, 2022: “There is no direct integration in place between TravelPerk and Hilton,” according to a prepared Aug. 8 statement from TravelPerk. The company apologized “for any confusion or misunderstanding” and indicated that when TravelPerk chief commercial officer JC Taunay-Bucalo said during a July phone interview that the company had a direct connection…

IATA: Of Every 200 Indirect Airline Bookings, Less Than One Uses NDC For Corporate Travel

Ten years after the International Air Transport Association introduced its New Distribution Capability standards for web-based protocols to sell airline products, corporate travel bookings using those protocols remain a drop in the bucket.  Including leisure bookings, NDC’s penetration of indirect distribution for IATA member airlines in the quarter ending in March was 10 percent, driven…

Travelport Brings Traveler Self-Service To Unified Platform

Travelport this month announced enhancements including a self-service portal allowing travelers to manage their bookings. The portal was one reason longtime Travelport subscribers Christopherson Business Travel and Fox World Travel upgraded to the new Travelport+ platform. The pair also cited multisource content aggregation, new merchandizing capabilities and more automation for things like ticket exchanges. Travelport…

Former Travelport, CWT Exec Kurt Ekert Joins Sabre As President

Sabre on Wednesday said former CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert, who previously spent 14 years as a leader with Travelport and related organizations, would become its president as of Jan. 3. Sean Menke retains the CEO role. The move builds “a leadership team for the future of Sabre,” according to a press statement. A…

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