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BBT's top 10 stories of 2018

Happy New Year written in lights

As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back at the most read articles of the year, from TMC acquisitions to new transatlantic flights

American Express GBT buys HRG
It's hard to believe it was only this year that Amex GBT announced the take-over of HRG. The sale has created a TMC with combined business of just over £2 billion.

Just what exactly is NDC?
This gem dates back to 2014, yet has been read thousands of times this year. Even at the end of 2018, buyers are still trying to figure out exactly what NDC means for them.

Revealed: The UK's Leading 50 TMCs
Our annual guide to the top TMCs by sales has proven popular again. This year's list provided intrigue given the Amex GBT-HRG deal had not yet been completed.

Business Travel Awards 2018 winners
As we gear up for the annual Business Travel Awards ceremony in January, we remember our 2018 winners, including Travel Buyer of the Year Hannah Richardson. There are still a few tables available for the 2019 Business Travel Awards gala dinner on 21 January – visit businesstravelawards.com to book now.

Hillgate Travel joins Reed & Mackay
Reed & Mackay reignited the conversation about TMC acquisitions when it announced its take-over of Hillgate Travel, saying the companies were complementary.

Air Transat partners with Easyjet
Travel buyers were clearly captured by the fact that the low-fare Canadian carrier had joined Worldwide by Easyjet, opening up connecting transatlantic routes.

Lufthansa to offer lowest fares exclusively through NDC and direct channels
Lufthansa took a bold move toward NDC by removing some of its cheapest European point-to-point fares from the GDSs, much to the surprise of buyers.

Primera Air files for bankruptcy
It was a tough year for the low-cost airline world, with Primera Air shutting down flights exactly one year after the sudden collapse of Monarch Airlines.

Melia goes live on Amazon
The travel industry has long talked about the rise of Amazon, and Melia's move to list reward points gift cards on the site took everyone by surprise.

Norwegian announces new transatlantic flights
Low-cost transatlantic flights appear to be gaining in popularity, as evidenced by the large number of people reading about Norwegian's new routes from Gatwick.

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