Influencers in distribution, the travel management company arena and lodging occupy more than half the spots among BTN’s Most Influential in 2018. You’ll see represented not just the now-familiar Lufthansa and New Distribution Capability but also Farelogix and ATPCO, the behind-the-scenes technologists making next-generation content possible. You’ll also see not just American Express Global Business Travel/HRG but also BCD Travel, whose owner allowed the merger of his mega TMC competitors to proceed. Then there’s those mainstays' counterpart, TripActions, which bills itself as a new kind of TMC. Meanwhile, lodging companies appear on BTN’s list in abundance, from AccorHotels, which is pushing boundaries, to Airbnb, the alternative lodging provider taking steps to look more mainstream. And of course, Marriott’s meetings commissions, creative travel managers and plenty more factor in.