Tag Archives: Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Defense Department Identifies Concur As Vendor For DTS Pilot

The U.S. Department of Defense finally identified the commercial travel system it’s been piloting since June 2016. No one should be surprised that it’s market leader Concur Travel and Expense. A DOD official told The Company Dime that the pilot is designed to evaluate “the out-of-the-box capability of the commercial-off-the-shelf, software-as-a-service product to meet DOD… Read More »

CWT: Still Plenty Of Low-Hanging Fruit On Clients’ Mobile Wish Lists

Many software builders during the past several years moved toward a development process that involves clients in more steps along the way. This “agile” method allows them to prove the utility of smaller components of the technology, avoiding the commitment involved with major releases. This can increase speed to market for top-of-the-list features. Carlson Wagonlit… Read More »

CWT Redesigning Reporting Tool Launched In 2015

Heard this one before? Large travel management company promises to become truly digital through better use of data and personalization. Carlson Wagonlit Travel chief technology officer Andrew Jordan in an interview last week described the very same as his top priority. Jordan didn’t disparage the “predictive” CWT AnalytIQs reporting system, ballyhooed and rolled out 16… Read More »

Strategy Evolved, HRG Rolls Out Native Apps

The last big travel management company to hold out on delivering an owned mobile app, Hogg Robinson Group this month is deploying on Android and iOS. The TMC will maintain other mobile initiatives, including a Nordic region app co-branded with Amadeus and collaboration with Sabre’s TripCase. For clients in the United Kingdom, HRG also is… Read More »

Variety, Practicality Mark Newest Travel Management Company App Features

Like other travel management companies, World Travel Inc. enabled email parsing and off-channel booking data capture in its mobile experience. Technology from Traxo powers itinerary data aggregation in the WorldMobile app as part of a deal announced in October. Some think of it as an obligatory function; the TMC sees more differentiation in other capabilities.… Read More »

Alternatives Sought As CWT Shutters WorldMate Consumer App, Focuses On Corporate

[UPDATE, Jan. 10, 2017: The headline of this article was revised to add clarity.] Carlson Wagonlit Travel is discontinuing the consumer-facing version of WorldMate, the popular itinerary app it bought in 2012 for reportedly $20 million. A company official said CWT would continue to support WorldMate’s email parsing API, which backs several similar apps and services including Sabre’s… Read More »

2017 U.S. Corporate Hotel Rates: Small Increases, Some Happy Surprises

[CLARIFICATION, Jan. 4, 2017: An HRS spokesperson explained that while the company promotes independent properties, it does not require sourcing clients to commit to using them. Rather, those clients are asked to funnel “a reasonable” share of total hotel volume through HRS systems. This article has been updated with that information.] U.S. corporate negotiated hotel… Read More »

‘Trust But Verify’ Your Hotel Safety Vetting

Most organizations don’t inspect every hotel property they tell travelers to use. They can do some of that with the help of travel management companies and risk specialists, but covering the globe is a tall order. So how do travel management pros really know if properties in their programs are safe? Mostly they’re taking the… Read More »

Big Four Got About One-Third Of Total Sabre Incentives

New York — Sabre in 2011 paid a total of $647 million in travel agency incentives, according to evidence in the US Airways v. Sabre trial here. About one-third of that went to four big corporate agencies — American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG. Newly revealed evidence shows specific totals… Read More »

Why It’s Difficult To Update Travel Agent Desktops

New York — It’s easy to make fun of the traditional “green” screens that travel agents use, but it’s really hard to replace them. Executives with large travel management companies deposed for the US Airways v. Sabre lawsuit, now in trial here, pointed to tens of millions of reasons. “It was a money pit,” said… Read More »

Data From Price Assurance Tools Promise Power For Buyers

[UPDATE, March 10, 2017: FairFly completed integration with Travelport’s Galileo global distribution system.] Price assurance has taken root in corporate travel. TripBam and Yapta, especially, have made serious inroads. Another airfare reshopping firm, FairFly also is building a business on travel price volatility. These specialists are compiling huge data repositories. For travel managers, this may… Read More »

Trial Reveals Sabre GDS Incentives Paid To Big Travel Management Companies

New York — As they consolidate and grow, travel agencies earn more incentive money from global distribution system providers. Just how much has been hard to ascertain, since incentives are not specifically teased out in GDS company financial reports. With the US Airways v. Sabre case underway here, some interesting numbers are emerging. According to… Read More »

Conferma Virtual Card Advance Isn’t The End Game

Much work is needed for email authorizations to supplant old-fangled faxes as the de facto standard for virtual card authorizations. That is, if the industry cannot first dispense with both. Conferma last month described its new encrypted email solution as a PCI-compliant “breakthrough.” The company says it is cheaper than sending faxes and approved by… Read More »