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Week in Review

According to The Hill, an FCC chairman has called for blocking the proposal that would allow in-flight cell phone calls by passengers.

TechCrunch provided an in-depth look at why airlines overbook their flights, in light of the United incident.

Home-sharing properties are allowed in one out of every six travel policies (17 percent), but more than double the number of business travelers are under the same impression (37 percent), meaning many business travelers are staying at home-sharing properties unsupported by their travel policy.

According to TechCrunch, Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten has invested $2.8 million in the “Airbnb for Business Travel” startup MetroResidences.

Buying Business Travel reports Enterprise Rent-a-Car Germany has announced plans to acquire Caro Autovermietung GmbH. The acquisition will create of one of the largest car rental companies in Germany.

According to TravelWeekly, a new study suggests a majority of European firms predict Brexit will have no impact on the business travel sector. The respondents are generally upbeat about the year ahead and expect to see continued growth.

A new study by Duetto finds mobile bookings for hotels have increased by 25% in the Middle East.

Skift reports Hyatt plans to offer in-room streaming entertainment worldwide.

According to TravelDailyNews International, Phocuswright and GBTA have partnered to launch the Innovation Series and bring the business travel industry’s most impactful innovators to GBTA Convention 2017. Nine innovators will compete for the opportunity to showcase their products and services at the event through a series of three webinars beginning on April 25.

GBTA announced General David Petraeus as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017. He will deliver a short speech, followed by a one-on-one interview at Convention Arena on Monday, July 17.

According to Skift, a new report suggests that stricter regulations on short-term rentals are having a negative impact on Airbnb’s business.

4Hoteliers shares news of InterContiental Hotels Group’s expansion in India with the opening of four new properties.

TravelDailyNews International reports up to 80% of carrier customers underestimate international roaming costs.


This week’s list comes from Small Business Trends:

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