Travelocity Business sold to BCD
Delta receives OK
for stake in Virgin
By Emma Weissmann
DOT sets plan
for Brazil routes
The Transportation Department
(DOT) tentatively decided to award
new route rights to American for
Los Angeles-Sao Paulo service
and to allow Delta to double its
Atlanta-Sao Paulo service to daily
flights, both starting in October.
The move is part of a phase-in of
capacity under a government accord that limits growth until 2015.
For 2014, the DOT said it
planned to award seven frequencies each to US Airways and to
Delta, enabling them to continue
serving Sao Paulo from Charlotte
and Detroit, respectively.
Taiwan’s Eva Air
joins Star Alliance
Taiwan’s Eva Air formally joined
the Star Alliance, bringing membership in the group to 28 airlines
operating 4,700 aircraft.
The move enables members of
Eva’s MileageLands loyalty program to collect and redeem miles
on all Star Alliance member airlines and opens the door for the
inclusion of Eva segments in
Star’s Corporate Plus program for
Eva’s government-sponsored rival China Airlines is a member of
Ending months of speculation, Sabre Holdings
Corp. last week agreed to sell Travelocity’s corporate booking tool, Travelocity Business, known as
TBiz, to BCD Travel, a global provider of travel
Travelocity spokesman Joel Frey said the decision
to sell TBiz resulted from the online travel agency
(OTA) wanting to focus more heavily on its primary brands, namely Travelocity.com, Travelocity
Partner Network and, in Europe, Lastminute.com.
“TBiz has been successful in building its busi-
ness,” Frey said, to the point that Travelocity “felt
it was at a point for a player like BCD to make a
move on it.”
As a privately held company,
Sabre is not required to release
financial information about TBiz
and its performance within Trav-
elocity. Other OTAs, such as Ex-
pedia Inc. and Orbitz Worldwide,
are publicly owned and have their
own corporate booking tools
(Egencia and Orbitz for Business, respectively).
Expedia reports that Egencia makes up a small
part of Expedia’s business, with less than 10% of
total revenue. However, at least in Egencia’s case,
business is growing quickly, as gross bookings for
2012 rose 37%, vs. 16% for all of Expedia, and revenue from Egencia jumped 63% vs. 17% for all of
John Snyder, BCD global president and COO,
said, “The market is reasonably positive in the U.S.
but a little less positive in Europe and other parts
of the world. In a flat-to-soft global marketplace,
we saw the opportunity to expand presence in
the North American marketplace, but we hope to
bring additional business outside of the Americas.”
According to an April report by the Global
Business Travel Association, U.S. travel business
grew 1.8% in 2012 and is expected to rise 5.1%
in 2013, driving companies to invest more aggressively in business travel.
As a result of the purchase, BCD will gain rights
to the TBiz name and employees. The transaction
does not include the acquisition of any Traveloc-
ity products, services or customers. Additionally,
all TBiz clients will have access to BCD’s global
network and its services in global program con-
solidation, business analytics and consulting and
return to Bali in ’ 14
A rendering of the Ritz-Carlton Bali.
of Sabre Holdings’
move ends months
Ritz-Carlton disclosed plans to
return to Bali in 2014 with the
planned opening of the Ritz-Carlton Bali. The beachfront property
will offer 288 rooms, including 90
suites and 14 villas, 10 of which
will be cliff-top units with ocean
views. Amenities will include six
restaurants and bars, plus facilities for weddings and receptions.
Ritz-Carlton hasn’t operated in-Bali since 2009, when its former
property was reflagged under the
River cruise line
goes live in Sabre
Sabre began offering the inventory
of Viking River Cruises via Sabre
Cruises or Sabre Cruises API, the
GDS’ first offering of a river cruise
line. Sabre said it’s working on
plans to add Ama Waterways and
Avalon Waterways as well as tall-ship line Windstar.
HEADED TO MSC, SOURCES SAY
Onorato out as Costa Cruises president
Hertz expanded its line of specialty rental vehicles with Hertz
Dream Cars, a collection of high-end, high-performance vehicles
in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami
and 32 other U.S. markets. The list
of cars includes the Aston Martin
V8 Vantage, Bentley Continental
GT, Ferrari California F430, Lam-borghini Gallardo, Porsche 911,
several Mercedes-Benz models
and the Dodge SRT Viper.
Hyatt inks deal
for hotels in Brazil
Eva Air has joined the Star Alliance.
In a move that may rattle the cruise industry in
Europe, Costa Cruises said President Gianni On-
orato is departing the company effective immedi-
ately “to pursue a new career direction.”
Two sources with knowledge of the situation
said Onorato has accepted a senior management
job at rival MSC Cruises.
Onorato has been president of Costa since
2004. When longtime Costa CEO Pier Luigi Foschi retired last year, Onorato remained in place
while Carnival Corp. tapped Michael Thamm,
then president of Germany-based Aida Cruises, to
A spokeswoman for MSC declined to comment
on whether Onorato is making the switch to MSC.
Rick Sasso, president of MSC’s North American
operation, also said he couldn’t comment.
Hyatt formed a joint venture with a
Brazilian firm to develop nine Hyatt
Place hotels throughout Brazil, a
new market for the brand. To be
managed by Hyatt, the first properties, in the 150-200-room range,
are expected to open in 2016.