Travel Industry Veteran, Michael Jacques, Joins Tripware Team

Tripware, the travel service that allows booking out of Microsoft Outlook, proudly announces the addition of Michael Jacques to their team. A business travel industry veteran, Michael, will head up Tripware's business development efforts and focus on seeding the Tripware travel service as an option for corporate travel management. Michael Jacques adds significant travel industry talent to Tripware.

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs): Will They Survive the Removal of Airline Ticket Booking Fees? – By Max Starkov

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) have traditionally charged airline ticket booking fees ($5-$7 per ticket). Recently the top 3 U.S. OTAs (Expedia-43% market share, Orbitz-26%, Travelocity-22%) followed Priceline's example and removed these booking fees permanently. When Priceline removed these fees back in 2008, they quickly gained market share: from 7% in 2007 to 9% in 2008 (PhoCusWright).

Road Warriors Receive New Weapon with Tripware

Tripware, a new travel service launched last month, offers business travelers the ability to book trips directly in Microsoft Outlook via an innovative plug-in dubbed Tripware OutBook. Tripware OutBook allows travelers to plan, book, and manage their own business trips directly in Outlook 2007 without the need to surf websites, reenter preferences, or talk to a travel agent.

Amex Names New Head of Global Supplier Relations

In his new role, Mr. Qualantone will manage and direct all strategic relationships with global supplier partners, including airlines, hotel and car companies, tour operators and cruise lines, as well as maintaining strategic relationships with all technology providers including global distribution systems and booking tools.