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GBTA Advocacy Spikes in Crisis but Layoffs Unavoidable
GBTA Advocacy Spikes in Crisis but Layoffs Unavoidable

On the heels of layoffs at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Global Business Travel Association chief operations officer and executive director Scott Solombrino told BTN editorial director Elizabeth West that GBTA, too, has suffered losses. The association has reduced staff by one-third, even as lobbying... Keep Reading

Booking Platform Omio Expands into North America
Booking Platform Omio Expands into North America

After changing its name from GoEuro last year, Berlin-based multimodal travel booking platform Omio has followed through with plans to expand its borders beyond Europe, adding North American suppliers including Amtrak, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways. Omio VP of commercial Julian Persaud, who joined the company three... Keep Reading

Accor Revamps Loyalty Program
Accor Revamps Loyalty Program

Accor Live Limitless, or ALL, is the new loyalty program officially launched in mid-January from the Parisian-based hotel company. The program features some standard elements, like tiered benefits that include—depending on status level—member discounts, early check-in/late check-out, welcome drink, upgrades, executive lounge... Keep Reading

Wex M&A Chief Talks $1.7B eNett, Optal Buy
Wex M&A Chief Talks $1.7B eNett, Optal Buy

Wex Inc.'s January agreement to acquire virtual travel payments provider eNett for $1.7 billion from majority owner Travelport—along with related financial technology specialist Optal—marked the latest major travel payments move for the company, which over the past several years has steadily expanded into new markets and... Keep Reading

Hertz to Continue Investment Strategy into 2020
Hertz to Continue Investment Strategy into 2020

Now completing her third year as CEO of Hertz Global Holdings, Kathryn Marinello has overseen a stretch of growing revenues and profits after some financially tough years for the car rental supplier. She recently spoke with BTN transportation editor Michael B. Baker about the drivers of the turnaround and the company's... Keep Reading

Rail Europe Forecasts Significant Train Demand Growth Over Next Decade
Rail Europe Forecasts Significant Train Demand Growth Over Next Decade

Train ticket booking and support supplier Rail Europe this year launched a new technology platform for travel professionals, Easy Rail Access, that provides a single site of access for rail inventory with fast transaction capabilities. It began sharing the tool with select accounts in North America in recent weeks and will... Keep Reading

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