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It's been about a year since Korean Air implemented its joint venture with Delta, and Korean has reported significant growth in corporate business and contracts as a result of the partnership. Korean Air managing VP of passenger network and sales Bo-Young (Daniel) Song updated BTN on the JV, as well as some of Korean's plans for premium products, route growth and future partnerships.
BCD Travel today unveiled a new global hotel division and branded service, Stay by BCD Travel, for managing hotel programs. The division will be led by April Bridgeman, who assumed the newly created role of SVP of hotel solutions two months ago while retaining oversight of the travel management company's consulting arm, Advito.
Globespan Travel Management Canada has joined Globalstar Travel Network. The travel management company serves rotational travel programs and project logistics for the construction, oil and gas, IT, medical and marine industries. It also has expertise in implementing and supporting Concur Travel, Meetago, StarCite and other reporting suites. Globespan Travel Management Canada is the Canadian arm of the GTM Group, a Toronto-headquartered group of TMCs that specializes in corporate travel, high-end leisure and air consolidation; that has group and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions divisions; and that has offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Sydney, Australia, and Manila, Philippines.
TAP Air Portugal is growing its U.S. service. After launching service between Chicago and Lisbon in early June, the carrier began service between San Francisco and Lisbon this week and will add service to Washington Dulles next week. Speaking at the launch of the San Francisco flight, chair Miguel Frasquilho said the carrier's passengers to the U.S. have grown faster than any other European airline over the past four years. The U.S. is now TAP Air Portugal's third most important market in terms of revenue, up from ninth in 2015, and he said TAP plans to grow even more. TAP was the launch customer for Airbus A330neo aircraft and uses them for its new U.S. routes. The carrier now operates more than 100 aircraft and has 71 more on order through 2025. Entrepreneur David Neeleman, who founded JetBlue and Azul Brazilian Airlines and co-founded WestJet, is a major shareholder in TAP and is helping drive its growth spurt. He spoke to BTN at the San Francisco flight launch.
Jonathan Hamblett has joined HRS as SVP of hotel solutions for the Americas for HRS, replacing Ross Mantione. Hamblett will work closely with SVP of enterprise solutions Suzanne Neufang and will report directly to CEO Tobias Ragge. Hamblett most recently was VP of supplier relationships for BridgeStreet, where he worked with extended-stay properties seeking long-term corporate bookings. He previously held positions at startup Upside, at American Express Global Business Travel and at Starwood Hotels.
United Airlines has promoted Sarah Murphy to lead its regional United Express network. Murphy, who joined United in 2006 from Merrill Lynch's investment banking division, most recently was the carrier's VP of global operations strategy, planning and design and also has had executive roles in financial planning and investor relations.
Martin Smura will take over as CEO of the Kempinski Group on July 1. He most recently served as executive chairman of the Dorint Hotel Group and previously spent 15 years with InterContinental Hotels Group. Kempinski has 77 luxury hotels and residences in 34 countries.
Choice Hotels wants a greater share of the corporate travel market. The company wouldn't say what percentage of its guests are corporate travelers, nor what its marketshare goals are, only that the company currently captures about $980 million from corporate travelers and that it wants an increasing piece of the business travel pie, which is anticipated to reach $1.7 trillion by 2022.
Six in 10 travelers feel more creative and productive when traveling for business, according to a Jan. 29 to Feb. 9 CWT and Artemis Strategy Group survey of 2,700 travelers in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific who had taken at least four business trips in the previous 12 months.
Cvent's shopping spree continues, as it acquired mobile event app provider DoubleDutch for an undisclosed amount. This purchase follows the meetings, events and hospitality technology provider's acquisition of Wedding Spot last month.