EY is using robotic process automation to power an internal TripAdvisor-like review platform and an internal social network showing travelers which colleagues are traveling to the same places. These programs build on other ways the London-based, $35 billion multinational professional services firm uses RPA, such as reviewing bookings and challenging those who booked out of policy.
Frosch International Travel acquired TCG Consulting, for the first time enabling the travel management company to offer advisory services. More than 50 employees will join Frosch, officials said. They did not expect the consulting unit to work on as many TMC bids as it did before the acquisition, but TCG founder and CEO Albert Taras said that was not the most robust part of the business anyway.
Travel and Transport last week acquired language translation and Wi-Fi calling app maker TripLingo. They did not disclose terms. TripLingo founder Jesse Maddox will join the Omaha, Neb.-based travel management company, which will run TripLingo as a wholly owned subsidiary. Maddox during a Friday interview said the company’s pre-existing relationship with Travel and Transport was an exceptional one. The companies have a dozen mutual clients.
Health insurance giant Anthem got its travel management company, BCD Travel, to play nice as it brings the Roadmap mobile app to employees. That others face resistance when they want to do the same highlights a broader conflict over the corporate traveler’s mobile loyalty.
Travel Leaders Group in March announced new jobs for two executives whose expertise befit a company prepping to go public. Sources familiar with the firm’s plans said the process could start this year.
Supplier revenue is important to travel agencies. Marketshare and incremental volume are important to airlines. A startup wants to provide both sides a platform for examining and optimizing airline incentive programs. There are many of those.
With a vision for one-click business travel planning, former Travel Leaders Corporate exec Parker Schlank and his team of half a dozen last year raised half a million. They’re building calendar integration in which entering meeting dates and locations within moments generates proposed itineraries by email, SMS or notification. Click for yes.