All posts by Marianne Varkiani

The Best Airline for Business Travelers


A couple of days ago, Forbes contributor Grant Martin revealed the best airlines for business travelers by reviewing the various business class amenities offered by United, Delta and Jet Blue. Since we aren’t partial to one airline in particular and we don’t want to spoil the surprise, you can check out the article here. In addition

Week in Review


According to Reuters, Qatar Airways has completed its 10 percent stake purchase of LATAM Airlines in a transaction worth $608.4 million USD. Buying Business Travel shares Etihad Airways has agreed to new codeshare deals with Montenegro Airlines and Tanzania’s Precision Air. According to USA TODAY, Delta has reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel an order

Tracking Travel Expenses


Expense management tools are nothing new in the business travel space. Companies rely on them to save time, gain visibility over expenses, ease the expense report process for employees, and much more. Expense management software provider Chrome River has been in business for nearly 10 years and just recently announced a partnership to deliver integrated

Week in Review


With the holidays just around the corner, Business Traveller reports on aviation strikes that may affect you. According to Buying Business Travel, risk management company iJet International acquired UK crisis management company Red24. Reuters reports American Airlines won $15 million in an antitrust case against Sabre. The jury awarded the airline $5.1 million, which will

2016 Hospitality Trends


From direct booking pushes to mergers and acquisitions, the hotel space was dramatically altered this year. AccorHotels entered the sharing economy with its acquisition of onefinestay, Marriott and Starwood officially completed their merger, and many hotels began actively pushing for direct bookings. Other companies like City Express Hotels (Hoteles City Express) expanded their portfolio with

Marking an Anniversary


Do you remember how you celebrated your last anniversary? Some couples enjoyed an extravagant dinner, gaming brands gave fans freebies in the form of computer games and console games, and Q&A Residential Hotel offered luxury accommodations in New York City for just $11.25. The Furnished Quarters hotel brand extended this offer to guests in honor

Week in Review


Mergers and acquisitions are all the rage this week! Reuters reports Alaska Air completed its acquisition of Virgin America in a $2.6 billion deal. According to Buying Business Travel, Lufthansa Group completed its acquisition of Brussels Airlines, purchasing the remaining 55 percent of shares for €2.6 million. Financial Times reports car rental company Europcar announced plans to acquire

Hoteliers Shift Focus to China


Hotel companies like Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) are increasingly shifting their focus to Chinese travelers due to a surge in China’s travel market, according to a recent article by Business Vancouver. This shift in focus has resulted in major expansions in China, with some international hotel chains even launching brands tailored to

Travel Pricing in the Year Ahead


Earlier this year, Advito released a 2017 Industry Forecast that predicts pricing across key travel areas, noting the difficulty in projecting demand due to uncertainty surrounding the U.S. presidential election. Despite the element of uncertainty, Advito predicts a five percent to six percent increase in hotel rates and flat pricing for airfare and car rental

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