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NBTA Held Summit With Northwest Airlines

Posted on September 1, 2004 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

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 distribution.

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 inventory.

"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 travel challenges."

Visit www.nbta.org for more information.

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