NexTravel, W Travel Partner To Take Midmarket Firms Across Borders

Corporate booking tech developer NexTravel partnered with little-known travel management company W Travel to go after multinationals. Related to a provider of premium-class services to business travelers, W is investing to compete with the megas. NexTravel will retain other TMC partners, notably Atlas Travel and Technology Group. You will find bold proclamations in the NextTravel-W… Read More »

Dav El BostonCoach, EmpireCLS Jump Into Ground Technology Fray

Denver – Dav El BostonCoach Transportation Network and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services last week announced plans for a new on-demand app. Music Express plans to join. Flyte Tyme is considering it. A bunch of tech intermediaries are pushing parallel initiatives, Deem, GroundLink and iCars among them. Operators say these developments are more of a response… Read More »

Sources: Hilton Stops Dickering Around With Reduced Commissions

Hilton Worldwide is no longer considering reduced commissions on its member rates, according to sources. Hilton press officials did not respond to requests for comment sent Thursday morning. This a relief for travel agents and their business customers. Yet, concern about exposure to changes in supplier revenue — especially from hotels — will remain. “We… Read More »

GBTA Committee Praises AA, Delta And Partners For Media Bag Work

Denver — The media have a lot of baggage. Seriously, when they travel, employees at companies like CBS often lug loads of equipment. Fees for excess bags can easily swamp the cost of a ticket. On many trips, these travelers need to go beyond the airlines’ normal bag limits. Alliance partners of American Airlines and Delta… Read More »

AA, Concur Announce TripLink Collaboration

Concur signed American Airlines to its TripLink supplier-direct program. AA joins Air Canada, Etihad, Lufthansa and United as announced airline participants. The program allows business travelers to book their company rates on supplier websites. Employers can examine associated data for risk and spend management. “Travel managers are caught in the proverbial middle seat when it… Read More »

FCM Travel Solutions Takes Mobile TMC Service To A New Level With Messaging

FCM Travel Solutions soon would like you to meet Sam, a multi-platform mobile messaging service bringing e-concierge and virtual agent concepts into the managed arena. The Company Dime last month previewed the platform, which FC USA has been testing internally. About 20 users from FCM Travel Solutions’ largest corporate customer also are testing it, and its second-largest… Read More »

Pana Downplays Commissions In Unmanaged Business Travel Service

It’s hard to keep track of all the startups now addressing small or unmanaged business travel. They’re applying a number of concepts including rewards, texting, personalization and artificial intelligence. They promise a better user experience than existing corporate booking systems offer. Investors during the past two years have put millions into them. One already was acquired… Read More »

Lodging 2017: Buyers May Be ‘More Aggressive’

When Bjorn Hanson last year published his preliminary outlook for 2016 corporate negotiated hotel rates, the New York University professor predicted buyers might suffer their biggest increases in years. It didn’t happen. The aggressive prognostication followed several years in which hotels outperformed expectations on rates. Entering 2016, Hanson said last month, “There was a sense… Read More »

Lodging 2017: HRS Hunts Sourcing Clients, Lanyon Quiet

It’s natural to look askance at HRS when executives say they’ll do your hotel sourcing for free. We’ll get to that. The other story on hotel sourcing partners this year is whether we’re at peak Lanyon. To manage the onerous hotel rate negotiating process, corporations and travel management companies turn to technology. Lanyon has been… Read More »

At Your (Leisure Travel) Service

Usage of vacation time in the United States has been falling despite research that shows a rested employee is a productive one. When they do make plans, co-workers sometimes bug travel professionals with questions about vacations. They don’t always have answers. A couple of companies born from business travel management are looking to help. A brand-new… Read More »

GBTA Education Preview

After the golf outing and spa day are over and before evening frivolities, away from the exhibition floor din and the general session celebrity, GBTA’s convention attendees in Denver next month will seek education. This year there are more than 80 sessions. Putting on that many in an effort to appeal to all is an… Read More »

Serko, Xero Seek Small Business Travel Syndicate

Everyone talks about the SME, but they really mean the M. That’s the midsize in small and medium-sized enterprise. Executives at business travel booking tech firm Serko are going after the S. They say this collectively huge segment of the business world is due for recognition with quality travel management services. Serko is releasing a business… Read More »