Category Archives: Suppliers

Nineteenth Century Tech Joins SEO, Data Mining In Business Travel Startup Marketing

Nothing beats word of mouth for business travel providers seeking new clients. Established players count on referrals, with the most gratifying coming from former users recommending them to new employers. New entrants incentivize to evangelize. The lucky business travel startup hooks a big fish corporate account and rides the wave of publicity. Downstream from big… Read More »

Marriott’s 48-Hour Cancellation Policy To Affect 2018 Rate Negotiations

In light of related tests by big chains in recent years, Marriott International’s June 15 introduction of 48-hour cancellation policies at nearly all Americas hotels wasn’t a surprise. That doesn’t make negotiations for next year’s rates any easier. Like it or not, and most don’t, Marriott’s decision exemplifies the lodging industry’s efforts to better manage… Read More »

TMC Vet George Opens North America For Agency Automation Firm Tramada

Longtime corporate travel sales exec Mary Ellen George joined Sydney-based travel agency automation firm Tramada Systems to lead its expansion in North America. Sixteen-year-old Tramada offers agencies a cloud-based, GDS- and online booking tool-agnostic alternative to back-office systems like Trams or Travcom. This includes business intelligence, though Tramada is happy to export data to its clients’… Read More »

Rail Revolution? A Travel Pro Can Dream

[UPDATE, June 23, 2017: Expedia completed its acquisition of a majority stake in SilverRail. Terms were not disclosed.] [UPDATE, June 16, 2017: Adds information about Amadeus Cytric.] Announcing plans to acquire a majority stake in rail distribution and IT firm SilverRail, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi last month said rail was “ready for an online revolution.” It can’t… Read More »

Air Traffic Control Privatization Proposal Could Obstruct Long-Term FAA Funding

[UPDATE, June 8, 2017: Adds Global Business Travel Association statement, at bottom.] Corporate travel constituents want a greater focus in Washington on FAA funding and the related issue of air traffic control modernization. The Trump administration on Monday proposed privatizing air traffic control. Hardly a new one, the idea drew lots of fresh criticism and… Read More »

Expensify Alleges Patent Infringement In Suit Against Smaller Expense Rival

Expensify sued expense management competitor Abacus Labs for infringement of receipt capture patents. Expensify’s cap-donning and sometimes pugnacious CEO and founder David Barrett announced the suit on Friday “with no joy.” He claimed Abacus infringed “two of our most core patents surrounding receipt scanning and, most importantly, the automatic matching of the scanned receipt to a credit… Read More »

Teleconference 12: Corporate Airline Relationships

Corporate Airline Relationships Sept. 14, 2017 at 12 pm EDT Register here. Gift a ticket here. There’s rarely a dull moment in the world of airlines. It’s a supplier segment that underwent radical changes in the past decade, from mergers and joint ventures to new business models and all sorts of new approaches on pricing, product and distribution.… Read More »

Teleconference 10: One-On-One With BCD Travel President And CEO John Snyder

One-On-One With John Snyder July 13, 2017 at 12 pm EDT Register here. Gift a ticket here. Is there a more important travel service provider to large corporate, education and government organizations than travel management companies? Many would say no, and yet the role of the TMC is constantly challenged. New technology, supplier models and traveler demands complicate the… Read More »

Mezi Adds Thorsen, Joins Lola And So Many Other Business Travel Startups

Conversational commerce startup Mezi hired former SAP Concur exec and risk management entrepreneur Johnny Thorsen as VP of travel strategy and partnerships. He offers contacts and expertise as the company narrows its focus to business travel from various kinds of shopping. The app maker is one of more than a dozen startups targeting business travel,… Read More »

CWT Using Points, New Rate System To Capture More Hotel Bookings

Many travel management companies and tech firms are working to process more of their clients’ hotel bookings. Continuing its push, Carlson Wagonlit Travel is rolling out a simplified rate aggregation system and using loyalty points as incentives. During a Wednesday interview, CWT president of hotels Scott Brennan said some clients in Europe that use the… Read More »

Cornerstone Wins Federal Data Account As Concur Sunsets TravelTrax

Concur is phasing out the TravelTrax data solution and its biggest user, the U.S. federal government, is switching to Cornerstone Information Systems. A Concur representative confirmed the company would be sunsetting TravelTrax by next year. “We are committed to the travel analytics space and will continue to invest and innovate in this area,” according to the… Read More »

NDC’s Upshot: Altered TMCs, Evolved Air Deals

[UPDATE, May 26, 2017: IAG informed industry partners that British Airways and Iberia would add a $10 fee as of Nov. 1, essentially for each one-way trip, on tickets purchased in global distribution systems. The fee will be displayed as a “Q charge” in fare constructions, and included in itinerary fare quotes. Refunds will align with the… Read More »