Alexandria, VA – The National Business Travel Association
(NBTA) held a summit Aug. 31 with Northwest Airlines to
voice concerns of corporate travel managers regarding the
carrier's recent announcement that it will charge for
bookings made via the Global Distribution Systems (GDS).
NBTA's goal is to broker a relationship that will lead to
solutions for current industry challenges related to
Representing NBTA at the summit were leaders of the NBTA
Aviation and Technology Committees and other leadership. To
inform members of the discussions, NBTA will poll its
members on the impact of Northwest's move on travel
managers and their companies.
NBTA President and CEO Carol A. Devine, CCTE, stated:
"As the leading voice of travel management, NBTA welcomes
the participation of Northwest in a summit that we believe
will lead to solutions with shared benefits for all
parties. We will provide feedback from travel manager
members of NBTA that will help Northwest evaluate the
impact on its business of the recently announced policy of
charging for GDS bookings.
"GDS deregulation offered a promise to business travelers
and travel managers: more access, more choice and lower
costs for booking air travel. Instead, the cost-recovery
strategies adopted by Northwest this week will increase
booking costs and, for many, will limit choice.
Additionally, the response of some GDS providers to the
Northwest move will limit full access to Northwest
"We look forward to meeting with Northwest to provide
information based on the feedback of NBTA members and to
begin working toward solutions to these important business
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