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Hickory Global Partners Announces Alliance With Partnership Travel Consulting

Hickory Global Partners, a global corporate travel alliance for travel management companies (TMCs), corporate travel departments (CTDs) and corporations has engaged Partnership Travel Consulting (PTC), a corporate travel management consulting firm comprising travel industry veterans with an average of 20-plus years of experience. PTC will deliver unbiased corporate hotel sourcing and optimization solutions to corporate clients of Hickory’s membership.

GBTA Collaboratory Series Explores How to Drive Procurement Changes During a Pandemic

As part of this week’s GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) Collaboratory 2020 webinar series, Robert Schott, managing director and chief procurement officer for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and GBTA interim-executive director Dave Hilfman discussed navigating procurement changes during a pandemic and how to use this period to improve processes and strengthen partnerships.

ABC Global Services Acquires CCRA

ABC Global Services has announced that it is acquiring the assets of CCRA (The Travel Commerce Network) in an integration of the two largest providers of hotel content and travel agency services. Combined, the two organizations will prove mutually beneficial to their travel management company (TMC) and agency clients by providing travel and hospitality products and personalized service administered by the industry’s best account management team.

GBTA Calls on Congress to Expand Relief for Distressed Business Travel Industry

As the U.S. Congress negotiates a new coronavirus relief package for individuals and businesses, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has called on Congressional leadership to enact measures to renew business travelers’ confidence and to curb the devastating effect of the pandemic on this sector of the global economy.

Amtrak Guest Rewards Introduces First Ever Reward Travel Sale for Members

Amtrak Guest Rewards (AGR) is launching its first-ever "Reward Travel Sale," offering a 25 percent savings on point redemptions. Members can redeem their points between July 14 and 16 to take advantage of the sale and enjoy summer travel for fewer points.

Amtrak Guest Rewards members can also purchase additional points if they don't have enough points for a trip. Sample trips include:

American Express Global Business Travel Unveils Travel Briefing Platform

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched Travel Vitals, a travel briefing platform that gives travelers and travel managers a single source for all the information they need before, during and after a business trip. Data is aggregated from hundreds of sources, allowing users to search travel guidelines by destination, airline, airport, hotel chain, train operator and ground transportation provider.

WTTC Debuts “Safe Travels” Protocols to Restart Travel And Tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a range of new protocols it believes will lead to the restarting of the travel and tourism sector worldwide. The measures are intended to rebuild confidence among consumers, so they can travel safely once the restrictions are lifted.

Travel Leaders Corporate Travel Advisors Support Call Center for Pandemic Response

Travel Leaders Corporate is redeploying its corporate travel advisors to help New York State residents by scheduling COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing in New York. Courtesy of a relationship with Willow Grove, PA-based AnswerNet, the advisors are handling phone calls and emails of residents who feel they may have symptoms related to coronavirus.