Prime Numbers Is Among Those Teaching Alexa About Travel Programs

By | June 21, 2018

Prime Numbers Technology is about to add to the small list of skills performed by Amazon Alexa for travel managers. The tech company’s clients soon will be asking the device about their programs and industry benchmarks. It’s not the only industry data firm building voice-activated travel management question-and-answer exchanges. Travel Incorporated is one travel management company also putting… Read More »

Another Small Business Travel Service Hits The Market, With An Alternative Lodging Twist

By | June 19, 2018

Developed by the Monaker Group, NextTrip.biz is one of the newest of many business travel booking services targeting small and medium-size companies. Announced last month, it promises to cut costs, simplify management and reward employees. If that sounds familiar, the twist here is including alternative lodging accommodations. Having previously built instant booking for rental homes, apartments, resorts and other types… Read More »

Ovation Travel Makes First Non-U.S. Acquisition

By | June 18, 2018

One of the last standing in that unique category of New York-based travel agencies drawing outsized attention from suppliers while serving high-end business and leisure clientele, Ovation Travel Group has made its first acquisition outside the United States. Ovation last week bought London-based Chartwell Travel Limited, known in the entertainment, film, television and news production industries, according to a… Read More »

App Provider DCS Touts Full TMC Tech Integration

By | June 15, 2018

Many travel management companies offer itinerary apps to client travelers. With some exceptions, they pretty much provide the same or similar features. “They are more or less a commodity,” said Cristian Dinca, founder of Bucharest-based travel tech firm DCS Plus. He said a differentiator is when an app is an extension of a unified agency tech stack. That’s… Read More »

Steve Glenn On Enforcing Your Travel Policy, Or Getting Rid Of It

By | June 14, 2018

Without a travel policy, an organization doesn’t have much of a managed travel program. And when there is a formal policy, many travelers don’t follow it — if they are even aware of it. There are several reasons why an organization may not enforce its own rules, but Executive Travel chairman and CEO Steve Glenn thinks efforts to… Read More »

Conichi Trades ‘Sexy’ Stuff For Fundamentals

By | June 12, 2018

As interesting as the next new thing can be, sometimes it’s the boring old stuff that needs attention. Core processes, data capture, spend management. Yawn. When Germany-based Conichi hit the market four years ago, its mobile app leveraged beacons and personalization, and facilitated digital hotel room door opening. The company’s focus is different now. Conichi still provides some of those… Read More »

Andy Menkes Joins BCD Travel

By | June 8, 2018

Industry veteran Andy Menkes on June 11 will join BCD Travel. The Partnership Travel Consulting founder will become senior vice president of global client solutions, a new position at BCD Travel. According to a BCD announcement sent to The Company Dime, he will be responsible for growing the TMC’s global market share by working with BCD’s leadership teams and… Read More »