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Gant Travel News 9/5/2014

Travel Risk Management: Here’s an interesting piece for travel managers interested in the impact of Open Booking on Travel Risk Management. Big idea: Your travel policy is a reflection of the leadership of your organization –it must balance “traveler friction” vs. “the needs of the business.” Here’s a short article that hammers home this concept.…
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Gant Travel News 1/10/2014

Why you need travel agent.  Online booking has its appeal, but there’s no replacement for a great travel agent. Here’s why. What to expect in 2014. From industry-wide hot topics to specific expectations for the in-flight experience, 2014 is sure to be another interesting year in travel news. Hopefully the news will include improvement in airline performance…
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Gant Travel News 12/20/2013

Open booking and mobile technology were two of the hottest topics in 2013 business travel news and are sure to remain in the spotlight in 2014. What else can business travelers expect in the coming year? Southwest to increase service from New York LaGuardia.  After acquiring rights for six new roundtrip flights, Southwest will expand its…
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Gant Travel News 12/13/2013

The open-booking debate has moved beyond pros and cons. TMCs are now focused on finding the best ways to embrace and profit from open booking. Travel Market Report recently interviewed Patrick Linnihan, President of Gant Travel Management, to learn more about Gant’s approach. Because travel isn’t aggravating enough already…In-flight connectivity is overwhelmingly viewed as a positive,…
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Gant Travel News 10/18/13

Southwest joins PreCheck. Starting in November, the TSA’s PreCheck expedited security clearance program will be available to Southwest passengers. Joining the carriers who already offer this service–American, Delta, United, USAir and Hawaiian Airlines–Southwest will offer PreCheck at airports throughout their domestic route system. The TSA has been systematically rolling out PreCheck at airports throughout the United States since the…
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Gant Travel News 9/6/13

PreCheck is coming to 60 more airports. The PreCheck program implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), offering expedited airport security clearance for preapproved travelers, will be available at 60 more airports in 2013, bringing the number of participating airports to 100. The TSA will also be adding to the number of PreCheck lanes in existing locations. Check out the TSA’s…
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Gant Travel News 8/23/13

The American and USAir merger – the saga continues.  The unexpected move by the Justice Deptment to block the American and USAir merger, something that was widely considered to be essentially a done deal, has sparked a debate about whether mergers increase or decrease competition among airlines. Opinions abound, with many in the travel industry arguing that mergers are good for passengers…
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Gant Travel News 8/9/13

If you love Twitter so much you want to marry it, here’s the perfect place for your honeymoon. The Sol Wave House in Majorca, Spain, is the world’s first Twitter-themed hotel. Guests are treated to amenities such as Twitter  parties, and can communicate with each other and with hotel staff via Twitter. It’s all about the…
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Gant Travel News 8/2/2013

US issues global travel alert. The United States issued a global travel warning to Americans on Friday about the threat of an al-Qaeda attack. Acting with “an abundance of caution,” 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world were closed for the weekend. Travelers are advised to sign up for State Department alerts and register with U.S. consulates in the countries…
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Gant Travel News 7/26/2013

The TSA is expanding its PreCheck program. For a fee of $85, travelers can enroll in the PreCheck program, providing access to expedited security screening for five years. The expectation is that 400,000 travelers will join the program. How do you feel about ancillary fees? Paying more for extra leg room, priority boarding, airline lounge access–concepts initially not…
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