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sustainable aviation fuelMicrosoft Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase Is A ‘Demand Signal’ To The Industry

Carbon offsets alone won’t help airlines and their customers meet sustainability goals. Alternatives to fossil-based jet fuel hold promise, and big corporate travel spenders are getting involved. Last month, Microsoft committed to purchasing sustainable aviation fuel for employee flights on Alaska Airlines after doing the same with KLM in 2019. More need to follow to help meaningfully scale SAF production in the coming years.

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diversityRising Diversity And Inclusion Awareness Highlights How Much More There Is To Do

With growing awareness this year about the work needed for greater diversity and inclusion, and the benefits of taking it on, the travel community has responded. Groups like the Black Men’s Travel Network and the TAMS Breakthrough Diversity committee sprung to life following the social justice movements that swept across America this year in response to violence against African-Americans. Other content providers and event organizers like GBTA and Northstar Travel Group stepped up their attention to diversity and inclusion.

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racism and the economyRacism Impoverishes The Whole Economy

Discrimination hurts just about everyone, not only its direct victims. New research shows that while the immediate targets of racism are unquestionably hurt the most, discrimination inflicts a staggering cost on the entire economy, reducing the wealth and income of millions of people, including many who do not customarily view themselves as victims.

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Jeff Katz, JourneraAmTrav Partnership With Journera Starts With Knowing When Corporate Travelers Board The Plane (Audio)

AmTrav Corporate Travel agreed to start using Journera’s data exchange platform. It is the first travel management company to do so. Founded in 2015 and launched a year later, Journera wants to be the glue in an interconnected travel ecosystem. It uses application programming interfaces to assemble complete views of trips. In that way, it can help suppliers sense travelers’ needs, convey real-time info and provide en-route service and support.

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WalmartWalmart Seeks Patent On Corporate Travel Contract Optimization

When you’re a big corporation, you can get nice volume discounts. When you’re the biggest, you get to reinvent how they’re used. Walmart seems to be at it again. The $524 billion retailer’s tech group built something specifically to optimize utilization of, negotiations for and supplier compliance to travel contracts.

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corporate travel buyersCorporate Travel Buyers On What They Need From TMCs, How They’re Working With Suppliers And Why Policies Changed (Video)

According to a pair of travel managers who recently completed RFPs for travel management company services, the traveler experience was a bigger priority than ever before. That stands to reason during a pandemic that is focusing organizations’ attention on their people. Other components of a TMC’s offering that always were important to buyers, like content acquisition and seamless connectivity to third-party downstream systems, have new urgency. Beyond that, there are multiple perspectives on a TMC’s best path forward.

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future of hotel designThe Future Of Hotel Design

Hotel occupancy is down 50 percent nationally in the pandemic-stifled world of travel. While hundreds of hotels nationwide remain closed because of the crisis, new hotels — from the sleek high-rise Joseph Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, to the Kimpton Armory Hotel in a 1941 art deco landmark in Bozeman, Montana — continue to open. Whether they are banking on the swell of tourism that many predict will follow the introduction of a vaccine or bound financially to open, hoteliers are making plans for a future that now must consider new outbreaks and pandemics in the same way that public buildings permanently changed their security measures in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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