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Week in Review


According to The Verge, Delta will automatically check in passengers with its mobile app. Passengers who use the iOS app will automatically be sent boarding passes 24 hours prior to their flight, forgoing the need to check-in online. Skift reports Lufthansa is closing in on a deal to buy part of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin.

Week in Review


According to MarketWatch, Monarch Airlines declared bankruptcy and collapsed, leaving 110,000 passengers without flights. TTG Media reports AccorHotels snapped up hotel reservation company Gekko in a deal worth €100 million. Business Traveller notes that American Airlines made a $200 million equity investment in China Southern, with plans to begin codesharing before the end of 2017.

Week in Review


On Sunday night, President Trump announced his latest travel ban which affects travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, Buying Business Travel reports. The new travel restrictions will take effect on October 18. GBTA’s Mike McCormick states that the initial travel bans enacted in January and March have created the

Week in Review


Mexico City International Airport suspended operation for several hours on Tuesday due to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, reports Business Insider. According to CBS Chicago, airlines began resuming flights to Puerto Rico on Friday, following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the island. Travel Leaders Corporate shares news of Travel Leaders Group’s acquisition of Raleigh-based TMC Travel Management Partners.

Top 5 TMC Questions Asked and Answered


In 2016, organizations invested significantly in business travel, with global business travel spend approaching $1.3 trillion. However, as companies increasingly invest in business travel, they must equally invest in a managed travel program that balances employee needs with corporate goals. Unraveling the intricacies of travel management can be daunting without a travel management company in

Week in Review


In the wake of Hurricane Irma, flights began resuming service on Tuesday, reports USA TODAY. Over 16,500 flights were cancelled due to the natural disaster. According to AINonline, regional airports were working to minimize issues on Wednesday, such as lack of power and sufficient fresh water. According to the Los Angeles Times, airlines say that

A Look Back at GBTA Convention


Although GBTA Convention 2017 came to an end nearly two months ago, it’s still fresh on our minds. Our 49th annual Convention in Boston brought together nearly 7,000 travel professionals and industry leaders and featured over 400 exhibitors, including nearly 100 first-time exhibitors. We had a chance to speak to a handful of first-time exhibitors

Week in Review


Buying Business Travel reports Houston airports are returning to full service in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. USA TODAY reports Hurricane Irma has resulted in heavy damage to St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport, one of the world’s most famous airports. The same source states that over 2,000 Florida flights have already been canceled due

What Everyone New to Managed Travel Should Know


Travel management encompasses a variety of industry players: non-profit corporations, hoteliers, small and medium-sized enterprises, airlines, travel management companies, data consolidators, consultants that act as a liaison between buyers and suppliers – the list goes on and on. Despite the wealth of available information, diving into managed travel as an individual with little to no experience

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