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Amir BalaishStartup Whizar Targets Travel Management Companies With Fare Predictions And Ticketing Optimization

Re-shopping booked airfares is nothing new in corporate travel. Front-end fare predictions are relatively common in consumer travel. A Tel Aviv startup now is enabling travel management companies to take advantage of fare predictions after booking but before ticketing. It claims it can save businesses substantial sums on airline pricing volatility.

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Rock BlancoSt. Louis Sales Exec Indicted For Fake Expense Claims

Authorities on Friday arrested a senior sales director for St. Louis-based cheese wholesaler Swiss American Inc. on three counts of wire fraud related to use of a company credit card. According to a U.S. Department of Justice complaint, Tara Sabatini during 2017 and 2018 used her card for personal expenses including flights and hotel rooms for friends and family, gift cards for personal use and Major League Baseball tickets.

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OVBTAGBTA’s Ohio Chapter Seeks Investigation Of Former Treasurer For ‘Account Activity That Raised Questions’

The Ohio Valley chapter of the Global Business Travel Association this year asked a county prosecutor to investigate what GBTA called questionable bookkeeping by former OVBTA treasurer Jeffrey Maurer.

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Addison LeePreparing For A Sale That Can’t Come Soon Enough For Its Key Owner, Addison Lee Makes Client-Facing Changes

Corporate buyers who use Addison Lee are getting nervous. One of the largest chauffeured car companies in the United States has made a number of changes to improve its competitiveness and attract investors. The U.K.-based transport firm’s majority owner, Carlyle, is looking to sell. Addison Lee has a lot of debt coming due soon.

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Rock BlancoWorld Travel Inc. Partners With Rome-Based Tech Firm For Reporting Chatbot

Few things jazz up Rock Blanco more than new platforms, which helps him stay cool in the face of trial and error. Such is the World Travel Inc. chief innovation officer’s relationship with Alexa, whom he had to dump for a friendlier dance partner. Now, World Travel is working with Rome-based Askdata on a conversational analytics interface allowing clients to chat up their travel data.

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Dee RunyanHere’s Why Dee Runyan Joined A Smaller Travel Management Company

Former longtime BCD Travel executive Dee Runyan this month ended a seven-year run as president of World Travel Inc. and on Monday joined Chicago-area CorpTrav as chief operating officer. Runyan’s personal brand is stronger across much of corporate travel than that of her new company, but she argued the move was in character.

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travel risk managementThousands Of Green-Minded Companies Turn To Internal Carbon Pricing; A Few Include Business Travel

An emerging sustainability practice is setting an internal price on carbon and making business units pay for their emissions. Almost 1,400 companies publicly acknowledged doing it, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Disney, General Motors and Shell are among them, although these did not report the inclusion of business travel. Microsoft, SAP and Sopra Steria did.

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