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ITP – A new TMC partner in China ITP – International Travel Partnership, one of the world’s fastest-growing travel management consortiums, is delighted to announce the addition of Best International Travel in China to its Travel Management network. Based in Beijing, fully-licensed Best International has corporate clients throughout China who benefit from their strong focus on corporate travel, supported by the latest Travel Technology. “With over 80% of their business being corporate, Best International has a good understanding of Travel Management in the Chinese market,” said Ian Epps, ITP’s Director of Partnership Relations. “With their entrepreneurial approach to Travel and their multinational outlook, Best International will be an asset to the whole ITP Network and marks a significant step forward for us in Asia”, he added. “ITP is …

AmTrav, the modern business travel solution built from the ground up, announced today the ability to integrate off-channel bookings into its platform. Now, customers who prefer to book on a supplier web site or other third-party site can simply forward their email confirmations to AmTrav and the booking will be automatically imported. Once there, travelers and their companies will enjoy the same visibility and benefits that they receive for traditional AmTrav bookings, including 24/7 service and assistance from its team of U.S. based travel advisors; inclusion in real time reports; and traveler tracking through AmTrav’s integrated duty of care product. To deliver this solution, AmTrav is taking advantage of powerful email parsing technology provided by Traxo, a Dallas-based software-as-a-service company that is a leader in travel data aggregation …

Global business travel spend grew 5.8 percent in 2017, an improvement on recent years’ moderate numbers, according to Rockport Analytics’ annual GBTA BTI Outlook, put together on behalf of the Global Business Travel Association. Rockport expects to mark 2018 growth at an even higher 7.1 percent. “The two-year period spanning 2017 and 2018 is projected to be the strongest two-year period for business travel since the initial recovery from the Great Recession in 2010 and 2011,” according to the report. Rockport does, however, expect growth to moderate again from 2019 through 2022, as the global economy is late in its current economic cycle. Still, growth is growth, and the industry is striding rather than inching toward the $2 trillion mark. According to BTN Business Travel News, Reporter Amanda …

ITP – International Travel Partnership, one of the world’s fastest-growing travel management consortiums, is very pleased to announce the appointment of YCHS, a division of Yatra Online, to its corporate travel network. YCHS focuses strongly on the Large/Middle market enterprises market sector and, as an established market leader, has broad geographical coverage throughout India. “The addition of YCHS brings a new dimension to our Travel Management coverage in South Asia together with the support infrastructure and professionalism of one of India’s largest travel organisations”, said Ian Epps, Director of Partnership Relations at ITP. “We expect that YCHS will also add value to our already comprehensive coverage in the Gulf Region with many opportunities for regional as well as worldwide commercial initiatives.” “Yatra’s booking platform revolutionises the way business …

ITP – International Travel Partnership, one of the world’s fastest-growing travel management consortiums, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Travex Voyages to its corporate travel network. Travex is located in the centre of Brussels and has been involved in corporate travel for many years. Clients include multinational companies and also the Government Sector. “The addition of a partner of the calibre of Travex Voyages brings yet more quality and experience to ITP, said Ian Epps, Director of Partnership Relations at ITP. “We are very pleased indeed to be able to welcome such a professional and experienced company to the ITP Network.” “We are very happy to be joining ITP – International Travel Partnership”, said Bernard Philippart de Foy, Managing Director of Travex Voyages. “Our business philosophy …

ITP look forward to welcoming you to our annual networking conference in Madrid. The conference starts on the evening of the 19th September through to the 22nd at the Miguel Angel Hotel hosted by our Spanish partner, Grupo Viajabien. Over the three days, we will focus discussions on the change that is happening now in our industry and the changes ITP are making g to improve competiveness and grow business. We will have a full day supplier workshop and social networking programme throughout the event. You will meet new partners and get the chance to renew acquaintances throughout the network. This year’s theme is “Change is now “represents what is happening all around us in every aspect of the Travel industry across the Globe. Be prepared for change …

ITP – International Travel Partnership, one of the world’s fastest-growing travel management consortiums, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Aktina Travel Group to its corporate travel network. Based in Athens, Aktina Travel is a prominent independent TMC in Greece with a prominent portfolio of corporate clients and a broad range of travel management services. “We are delighted to be working with such an experienced and professional Travel operation as Aktina”, said Ian Epps, Director of Partnership Relations at ITP. “They bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to the ITP Network and are market leaders in the Greek market.” Andromache Zerzivili, VP of Aktina Travel Group, said,”It is an honour to participate in such a well-established travel network as ITP. We are excited about the …

ITP Ireland – Special Contribution to the Irish Travel Industry Award

From shipping containers to luxury cruise holidays, George Barter has seen the growth & diversification of the Irish travel industry since the 1960’s. At the Irish Travel Awards, George was presented with the ‘Special Contribution to the Irish Travel Industry Award’, a bestowal after an entire career at the reins of a company that began with his great-grand-father, Joseph Barter in 1865. For five decades, George has had a front row seat for the changes happening within the travel industry. He has taken every trend, development & obstacle in his stride, allowing his business to grow more & more. From adventurous honeymoons to Mallorca in to 1970’s, to Camino Walks & River Cruising, to tightening the company’s belt during the economic down turn, to family holidays to visit …

The results are in from the ITP post conference survey and on the whole the event has been hailed a success. Its only two months ago but planning has started for next year’s event which will be held in Madrid in September and hosted by Grupo Viajabien the ITP partner for Spain. Travel time or distance wasn’t a problem for one partner attending this year’s event; Federico from Gondrand Hermanos travelled all the way from Uruguay some 13644 km, 2000 more kilometres than the next contestant. Federico was presented with a small token of our appreciation for his efforts by Ian. The conference went very well with a number of very positive comments on organisation and content. We are planning next year’s event to run for three days …

Arrow Travel was established in Hong Kong in 1967 so this year they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Since then, Hong Kong has seen significant change as it has transformed itself from a British colony to a Chinese SAR or Special Administrative Region. It is now 20 years into its transition period before being fully assimilated into China in 2047. Managing Director, Tommy Tam, has been with Arrow Travel for more than half of the 50 years and has experienced not only significant political and cultural change but has also had to consider the future and what it means for his business and Hong Kong’s Travel Industry. Fortunately, Tommy is very prominent in local Industry affairs so has a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities that may lie …

ITP – International Travel Partnership, one of the world’s fastest-growing travel management consortiums, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Resia AB to its corporate travel network. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Resia is a leading independent agent in Sweden with a long-established business travel operation and they have recently extended their coverage to Norway. “We are delighted to have such a prominent and experienced company as Resia as our partner in Sweden and Norway”, said Ian Epps, Director of Partnership Relations at ITP. “Together with our existing coverage in Denmark, ITP now has a strong presence in the main Nordic markets, which will be of significant benefit to other ITP partners and their multinational corporate clients.” Karin Wadmark, Business Area Manager of Resia, said, ”We are really happy …

East Express Travel in Iran has been an ITP partner for nine years. Their main area of business is Corporate Travel but through their sister company, Beautiful World of Travel, they have also been able to fulfil incoming and group requests to this steadily developing market. Iranian visa applications for most European nationalities can normally be processed in three to five working days but until now British passport holders as well as US and Canadian have been subject to additional restrictions. Furthermore, many Iranian agents themselves have been subject to constraints with the handling of travel arrangements of these three nationalities. The good news is that East Express has recently been granted authorisation to manage and support the travel arrangements of British, US and Canadian citizens to and …

You may have heard these acronyms being banded around at various trade events and seen articles in various trade publications. If you attended the ITP conference in Oman you would have seen a presentation by Ole Mortensen on GDPR. I can tell you that PCI DSS is just as important hence why I am raising awareness in the ITP newsletter to both of these critical changes in our industry. Let’s start with PCI DSS, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is a global data security standard to protect confidential payment card information against theft. Airlines have demanded that IATA support their own internal compliance project by making the BSP card sales channel PCI DSS compliant. This is why IATA Accredited Travel Agents now need to become …

This year, ITP will be holding its annual partner conference in Muscat, Oman, a destination that has been selected by the Partners themselves and which also reflects the broad coverage that ITP has in the Gulf region. The event was organised by the ITP partner in Oman, E-Travel & Tours, and the theme is ‘Embracing the Challenge’. ”This is what the Corporate Travel Industry has to do in order to be successful and move forward”, said Richard Lovelock, General Manager of ITP. “The Travel Environment is currently affected by volatile market economics, security issues, and varying political landscapes. These factors make it necessary to adapt in a positive way and be able to compete effectively to achieve results.” As with all ITP Conferences, ITP Management will be summarising …