Monthly Archives: February 2016

New Head Of Sabre Corporate Products Enacts Integrated Booking, Mobile And Payment Strategy

Company veteran Yannis Karmis left Sabre in January as the firm reorganized its approach to the corporate market. Led by newcomer Clinton Anderson, the ambitious strategy includes a new path for GetThere but ditches TruTrip. It seeks to solve the tricky issue of out-of-program spend. It aims to deliver heretofore untapped potential in payments and mobile. It’s benefiting from a 40 percent… Read More »

NuTravel Mobile Booking Plan Draws Travel Management Company Interest

Three travel management companies this week displayed varying degrees of interest in booking tool provider nuTravel’s plan to integrate with mobile app developers. NuTravel’s first partner, United Kingdom-based Mantic Point, provides apps to corporate agencies including Direct Travel, Executive Travel and FCm Travel Solutions. Officials with Direct Travel and FCm said they were considering the opportunity; Executive sees… Read More »

London, China Among International Fare Soft Spots

Businesses are paying less for some international airline tickets than they have in years, according to corporate travel benchmarks. It’s not because airlines have cut published pricing. Instead, they have kept selling more low-bucket inventory closer to departure. That brings down passenger yield, a proxy for fare paid. Some U.S. routes to London and China are showing sharply reduced average fares paid.… Read More »

Podcast 8: Sharon Tolliver, Frederic Khalil, Linda Doty and Simone Buckley

Join us as we talk to travel management professionals about business travel services, expense management and careers on The Company Dime’s podcast.

New Agency Automation Player Targeting Mid-Office And Point-Of-Sale Advances

There’s a new entrant eyeing a spot in the travel agent technology field. Centered on a rules engine, Fociss Travel System would help corporate travel management companies connect various customer-facing tasks with behind-the-scenes automation. The idea is to make agents more efficient and improve customer service. The first step is a new cloud-based mid-office system “because that’s what so many people want,” said… Read More »

International SOS Adds Air Safety Ratings

International SOS last month introduced an aviation safety ratings service that flags bookings on airlines deemed risky. Gwendoline Pichon de Vendeuil, group product director at the travel risk management firm, noted growing customer interest following several high-profile aviation incidents in the past year. For travel management pros, the important thing is knowing the risks before travel occurs. Some companies address it by… Read More »

Rio Tinto Plan Resurfaces Questions About Edicts On Travel Cuts

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh got some attention last month when he said the multinational mining company would cut trips to save money. According to a press official, Walsh “was challenging everyone in the organization to remain focused on costs and that included reducing travel. He asked everyone to consider if that journey, visit or conference is essential… Read More »

Roadmap Dares Corporates To Build Travel Apps

Denmark-based shipping and oil conglomerate Maersk appears to be one of the few companies building its own mobile corporate travel app. In an October discussion with Business Travel News, Mette Christensen, the company’s global head of travel and indirect services, said nothing else out there fit the bill. The idea prompted a challenge from Jeroen van Velzen, co-founder… Read More »

Latest Startups Try Texting, With Agent Or Bot

It’s becoming difficult to count on one hand the tech startups going after the “small” or unmanaged business travel market. 30SecondsToFly, Cinch, Hyper Travel, TripChamp and Travo are a few. Hyper, along with shopping services like Assi.st and Mezi, are bringing a new element to the travel-booking experience. They’re focused on mobile texting as the means of communication between… Read More »

Riot Games Coping With Corporate Travel’s Virtual Card Adolescence

Virtual cards are still a work in progress, but Riot Games travel wizard Sean Parham isn’t ready to give up on them. He’s now on his second try. The intended benefits — reduced fraud, easier reconciliation and a seamless traveler experience including an easier expense process — are just too tempting. Last year Parham pulled the plug on a… Read More »