All posts by Marianne Varkiani

Week in Review


Last Friday evening, a federal judge ruled to temporarily halt enforcement of Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. On February 9, a federal appeals court ruled 3 to 0 to maintain the suspension, according to The Washington Post. Yahoo! News reports airlines began allowing blocked travelers back on

Week in Review


Yahoo! Finance reports Marcou Transportation Group announced the acquisition of GroundLink and software provider Limo Anywhere. According to Reuters, a computer glitch forced United to ground all domestic flights for an hour on Sunday evening. This occurs just months after a computer glitch caused thousands of worldwide delays in October. Business Insider notes low-cost carrier

The Business Traveler’s Perspective


Business traveler perception is business traveler reality. Regardless of how travel professionals communicate their travel policy, traveler comprehension reigns supreme. If your message doesn’t get across, there may be dire consequences for both your travelers and your company. A couple of months ago, GBTA Foundation released a new study, in partnership with HRS, exploring business

Week in Review


According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new proposed rule that would require airlines to disclose baggage fees alongside fares in an effort to provide travelers with more transparency. The DOT is currently seeking comment on whether other ancillary fees should also be disclosed with airfare information. LCT Magazine reports chauffeured

New Year, New Acquisitions


Less than one month into 2017, and we’re already hearing of mergers and acquisitions left and right. This week alone, Hyatt announced plans to acquire Miraval Group in a $215 million deal and iCARS and Limos.com finalized their merger. In the same vein, Retuers reports Delta will complete its acquisition of a 49 percent stake

Week in Review


According to Business Traveller, a report by the National Economic Council finds hidden travel fees are a growing problem, as they accounted for an estimated $22.5 billion in airline revenue in 2015. Tnooz notes Hilton has joined TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking platform, roughly three weeks after the news of a partnership between TripAdvisor and Expedia. According

A Seamless Travel Experience


In the not-so-distant future, technology will deliver a more seamless travel experience for us all. You’ll be able to have an app automatically check you into flights, bypass the check-out line when shopping, and have your ride-sharing app suggest destinations based on events in your calendar. Surprise! The not-so-distant future is now, as all these

Little Things Add Up


If an emergency occurred at your event right this instant, would you have the proper strategies in place to handle it? When it comes to risk management, little things add up to big protection for both your attendees and organization. GBTA recently held a webinar entitled Risk Management, Safety, & Security – Little Things Add

The Ever-Changing Hotel Industry


With the launch of Airbnb Trips and completion of the Starwood-Marriott merger, 2016 was a big year for the hotel industry across the globe. Hotel brands underwent major changes by re-branding, introducing new technologies, and much more. According to Travel Agent Central, Mexico’s Posadas Hotels & Resorts (Grupo Posadas) introduced La Colección as a re-branding

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