Leading Travel Industry Visionaries Share Predictions for the Future of Business Travel at GBTA Convention 2013

Alexandria, VA, 2013-05-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced the speakers for the ‘Luminaries of Travel CEO Panel’ to be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, during the GBTA Convention 2013 in San Diego, California.  Philip Wolf, founder and retired chairman, PhoCusWright, will moderate… Read the full press release

TravelClick: Online Distribution Channels Experience Healthy Growth in First Quarter 2013

Growth on Online Channels Still Steady NEW YORK, 2013-05-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the first quarter 2013, online channels that include Online Travel Agents (OTAs) and hotel websites (Brand.com) continued to experience the most growth according to data from the TravelClick North American Distribution Review (NADR; Second Quarter 2013), which aggregates hotel bookings by channel for… Read the full press release

Atoll Paradise receives Three World Travel Awards

Atoll Paradise is overjoyed to announce that it has been selected as Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency for the second year in a row, and as Maldives’ Leading Tour Operator and Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator at the Indian Ocean regional World Travel Awards Ceremony held in the Maldives. 2013-05-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — At the Indian… Read the full press release

Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO’s 156th Member State

Madrid/San José, 2013-05-14 — /travelprnews.com/ — Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO’s 156th Member State as the country rejoins the Organization after 35 years. The announcement was made by the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas starting today in San Jose, Costa Rica. “We… Read the full press release

GBTA USA Chapter Task Force Delivers Recommendations and Plan for Future Growth

Recommendations Well Received At Salt Lake City Meeting Alexandria, VA, 2013-05-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, is proud to announce the completion of a critical next step forward with the delivery of Chapter Task Force recommendations to grow membership in the chapter system across… Read the full press release

Sustainable tourism cooperation between Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Pacific Asia Travel Association

Bangkok, Thailand, 2013-04-29 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce a partnership as undersigned in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), a not-for-profit trade membership association headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand. PATA Chief Executive Officer Martin Craigs and GSTC Board Member Guy Chester signed the… Read the full press release

PATA Youth Forum: Smart Businesses Are Embracing the Youth Travel Segment

Bangkok, 2013-04-25— /travelprnews.com/ — Next Gen travel industry professionals shared their forthright views with over 150 travel industry students and young professionals at the PATA Youth Forum on April 25 at Thammasat University in Bangkok. Interactive sessions debated on how new generations are finding, searching and connecting to travel and tourism industry now and in the… Read the full press release

2nd annual MATATO Maldives Travel Awards will be held early December 2013

2013-04-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) have confirmed that the 2nd annual MATATO Maldives Travel Awards will be held at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort early December 2013. During yesterday’s sponsor signing ceremony at Mookai Suites, President of MATATO Mr. Mohamed Khaleel announced that a number of changes had… Read the full press release

UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum – Setting a common growth agenda for tourism and aviation

Madrid/Dubai, 2013-04-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The development of tourism in the Middle East is the prime example of how tourism and aviation can act together as drivers of growth. With the region as a background, Ministers of Tourism and aviation leaders will gather at the UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum to set a common agenda for air transport and tourism that allows… Read the full press release

PATA’s Face of the Future 2013 award goes to Hotelier James Mabey

Bangkok, 2013-04-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mr James Mabey is the recipient of the most prestigious honour for young tourism professionals in Asia Pacific – the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Face of the Future 2013 award. Mr Mabey is the Senior Director of Development for Marco Polo Hotels, based in Hong Kong. Mr Mabey is set… Read the full press release

World Travel Awards 2013 in the Maldives

Maldives to host World Travel Awards 2013 – Indian Ocean category 2013-04-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — “Maldives…the sunny side of life” is proud to be hosting the World Travel Awards Regional Category on 12th May 2013 at Paradise Island Resort and Spa.  This is the first time a travel event of such high calibre is being hosted… Read the full press release

Traveldoo Broadens Its Choice of Hotels and Deals for Corporate Travellers With Expedia Affiliate Network

Paris, France, 2013-04-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Traveldoo, the provider of web and mobile platforms for travel and expense management, today (17 April 2013) announces access to the extensive inventory of approximately 160,000 quality hotels through Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), the private label arm of the world’s largest online travel company. Thanks to the new partnership Traveldoo’s customers will… Read the full press release

Concur App Center Brings Connected Apps to More than 20 Million Users

New App Collection Designed to Streamline T&E Processes Las Vegas, Nev., 2013-04-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), the leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, unveiled today the Concur App Center, – a new marketplace for Concur clients and their employees, at  Fusion, its premier client and partner conference. The new App Center will help… Read the full press release

GBTA Announces that it will host the first ever USA Oil, Gas & Marine Travel Symposium

Event takes place in Houston, Texas Registration is now Open  Alexandria, VA, 2013-04-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry—today announced that it will host the first ever USA  Oil, Gas & Marine Travel Symposium, in Houston, Texas.  This event has been very successful in Europe since it… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Praises Senator Blunt for Legislation That Gives Federal Agencies Budget Flexibility, Helps Facilitate Travel Process

Washington, D.C., 2013-04-16 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today praised Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) for introducing the “Essential Services Act of 2013,” which would give federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection the flexibility to determine which employees are essential personnel as they manage sequester… Read the full press release

GBTA Addresses Administration’s Budget Proposal

Applauds NextGen Investments and Trusted Traveler Programs  Increased Taxes and Fees Will Have Negative Impact on Economy Alexandria, VA, 2013-04-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — The following statement is attributable to Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO, following the Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2014 budget. The President’s budget request addresses several priorities of importance to a critical… Read the full press release

Guevara and Boyce will be keynote speakers of the 2013 PATA Annual Summit

Bangkok, 2013-04-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Former Secretary of Tourism, Mexico and G20 pioneer, Ms Gloria Guevara and President of Boeing Southeast Asia and former US Ambassador to Thailand, Mr Ralph ‘Skip’ Boyce, will be keynote speakers of the 2013 PATA Annual Summit in Bangkok April 26. With other world tourism industry leaders such as Taleb Rifai,… Read the full press release

Classic Vacations appoints Greg Bernd as Vice-Chairman of Industry Relations

New role will focus on strengthening industry partnerships SAN JOSE, 2013-04-12 — /travelprnews.com/ — Classic Vacations, a top travel luxury wholesaler, announced today that Greg Bernd will assume the position of Vice-Chairman, Industry Relations. In this new role, Bernd will focus exclusively on strengthening industry partnerships and developing new relationships in the ever-changing travel landscape. Bernd… Read the full press release

Travelport Unveils Travelport Merchandising Platform

Dublin, Ireland, 2013-04-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions and data to companies operating in the global travel industry, today unveiled the Travelport Merchandising Platform which transforms the way airlines deliver their products and the way that those products are displayed to travel agents. Travelport Merchandising Platform enables airlines to:… Read the full press release

WATA’s Nueva Vista and Anna Khachaturova awarded by the Prime Minister of Armenia

2013-04-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — WATA is proud to announce that Nueva Vista and Anna Khachaturova, Founder and Director of the company were awarded by the Prime Minister of Armenia as the best employer (headed by a woman) of Armenia. This is one of the most prestigious awards of the country and the winner is selected through a… Read the full press release

Global Business Travel Association Announces Impressive Advisory Board For GBTA Russia

MOSCOW, 2013-04-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) — the voice of the global business travel industry — today announced the names of Russian travel professionals who have been invited to lead the GBTA Russia chapter, first announced in January of this year. At the official launch event in Moscow today, Paul Tilstone,… Read the full press release

UN Tourism and Crime bodies to call on tourists to play a role in reducing illicit trafficking

Madrid, 2013-04-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the presence of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today agreed to launch a new public awareness campaign calling on tourists to help reduce demand for illicit goods and services linked to transnational organized crime. Preparations… Read the full press release

Travelport launches new direct commercial presence in Kenya

Latest Travelport investment in east Africa in response to projected GDP growth of 5.6% Nairobi, Kenya, 2013-04-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions and data to the global travel industry, has today announced the launch of a new direct Travelport commercial presence in Kenya, one of Africa’s fastest growing travel markets. … Read the full press release

UNICEF and Amadeus partner to enable selected travel providers and sellers to raise funds online for UNICEF

New partnership will enable selected travel providers and sellers to raise funds online for UNICEF Madrid, Spain, 2013-04-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, have come together to help shape a better future for the world’s most vulnerable children. The partnership will… Read the full press release

GBTA Asks DOT Not To Approve IATA Resolution 787

Not Enough Clarity to Assess Buyer Benefit or Harm Alexandria, VA, 2013-04-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry—today filed comments with the Department of Transportation in Application for Approval of an Agreement (Resolution 787)  by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) filing seeking approval of their… Read the full press release

PATA Youth Forum to tap into the industry leaders insights on how consumers find, search and connect to travel in the future

2013-04-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Under the theme, “Search, Connect, Experience – the Future of Tourism,” the PATA Youth Forum will tap into the insights of industry leaders on how consumers will find, search and connect to travel in the future. Hosted by the College of Innovation at Thammasat University, the Forum will take place Thursday April 25 at… Read the full press release

GBTA announces the first step in a global translation project

Association Project Reinforces Commitment to Deliver Global Content Locally   Toronto, ON., 2013-03-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced the first step in a global translation project, with the production of French translations of three key GBTA resources to support French speaking… Read the full press release

PATA will organise the PATA Youth Forum, with the theme, “Search, Connect, Experience – The Future of Tourism

Bangkok, 2013-03-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will organise the PATA Youth Forum, with the theme, “Search, Connect, Experience – The Future of Tourism.” Hosted by the College of Innovation at Thammasat University, the Forum will take place Thursday April 25 at Sri Burapa Auditorium, Thammasat University, Tha Pra Chan Campus, Bangkok…. Read the full press release

Ninth Annual GBTA Canada Conference Continues to Impress

Toronto, ON., 2013-03-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the premier business travel organization in Canada, concluded its first full-day of their 9th Annual Conference. The conference being held March 25-27, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre includes more than 400 corporate travel professionals from across Canada and around the world, and over 55… Read the full press release

Travelport announces a new long-term technology agreement with Holiday Genie

Langley, United Kingdom, 2013-03-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, a leading provider of critical transaction processing solutions and data for the global travel industry, today announces a new long-term technology agreement with Holiday Genie, a leading UK independent online travel agency. The new agreement builds upon 15 years’ technology partnership between Travelport and Holiday Genie, one of… Read the full press release