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THE UK’S CMA FINES SABRE OVER FARELOGIX ACQUISITION INQUIRY


THE COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY (CMA) has issued Sabre Corporation with a £20,000 penalty for failing to provide documents on time in its proposed acquisition of Farelogix. The CMA has been looking into the acquisition since it was announced last year, as have authorities in the US, where the company is facing a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice. Sabre intended to close the sale in August. The CMA said Sabre “produced a large volume of documents (amounting to 444 documents in total) that had previously been either withheld completely from the CMA or provided to the CMA in a more redacted form”. It claimed Sabre had labelled the documents as privileged but later admitted they did not contain any legally privileged information. The CMA said the delay to receiving the documents “had an adverse impact on the conduct of the inquiry”, but did not dispute Sabre’s submission that the failure to comply was not intentional or meant to hinder the inquiry. A spokesperson for Sabre told BBT: “We strongly disagree with


the penalty and are working extensively and collaboratively with the CMA to communicate the benefits of this transaction.” Elsewhere, Sabre acquired Radixx last month for


US$110 million. It will operate it as a standalone subsidiary through its Airline Solutions business. Radixx is an airline retailing software provider that focuses on the low-cost carrier sector.


Clarity takes on Thomas Cook Sport ex-employees


CLARITY HAS RECRUITED the entire Thomas Cook Sports team, following the collapse of its parent company, Thomas Cook. The Manchester-based TMC said a string of Premier League football clubs, as well as Premiership and Pro14 rugby clubs, were facing “travel chaos” due to the collapse of the holiday giant on 23 September.


Clarity – which already manages business travel for many sports


clubs’ staff and directors, has created a new division, Clarity Sports (pictured with Pat McDonagh, centre, Clarity chief executive). It has employed 17 new staff, all ex-Thomas Cook Sport, to form the new division. They will be based at Clarity’s Manchester headquarters. Clarity said it is already looking at the next phase of its sports division, and could set up a supporter-based operation offering ticket


and travel packages to “bucket list” sporting events worldwide. n The Bigger Picture, p32


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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE BBT HOTLIST 2020


WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS of who – or what – deserves to secure a place in the 2020 BBT Hotlist. The Hotlist recognises the people,


companies and products driving change, setting agendas and making an impact on corporate travel. The listing is based on the opinions of BBT readers, key industry experts and our editorial staff. The 2019 Hotlist featured technology


pioneers, incubator schemes and networking organisations, as well as several TMC start-ups.


Who should be recognised? There’s no limit to the number of nominations you can put forward. A short explanation of why you think the person or brand should be on the list is welcome. Send your nominations to digital editor Molly Dyson at mdyson@thebtngroup.com The deadline for


nominations is Friday, 29 November 2019.


n The full BBT Hotlist will be published in the January/February 2020 issue of BBT.


A culinary journey with Star Alliance


BUYING BUSINESS TRAVEL is partnering with Star Alliance to a host a special World Wine & Food Tasting event at a stunning London location. The Star Alliance member airlines


are inviting travel managers and TMCs to join them on a journey from vine to wine, sampling a range of onboard wines accompanied by food from every corner of the globe. It takes place at Atmosphere Venues, at


Westminster’s Millbank Tower, on Thursday 14 November, 6.30-10.30pm. To register, email events@panaceapublishing.com


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