Liberalized European Rail Market Will Mean More Choices, And For Corporate Travel Aggregation, More Challenges
Europe next year is set to complete the transition to a single market for rail services. The result should be more choice for consumers and pressure on incumbent operators to up their games. Providers of business travel management will have to deal with an influx of new services challenging the state monopolies.
American Airlines last month began distributing a corporate bundle via its NDC-compliant API to clients of three travel management companies. AmTrav, Marplay in Mexico and Brazil’s Copastur use their proprietary booking tools to sell regular economy fares that include preferred main cabin seating, no-fee changes and a checked bag.
GBTA Executive Director Solombrino Cites Bandwidth, Not Conflict, For Decision To Step Down From National Limousine Association Board
Hired in April as the Global Business Travel Association’s executive director, Scott Solombrino a month later resigned from the National Limousine Association board of directors.
Package Concept For Hotel Attachment Highlights Egencia’s Intriguing Position Between Suppliers And Buyers
Packages don’t really work in business travel. Ask Upside. What about a variation? Egencia in April incorporated “add-on rates,” first announced for its desktop version two months earlier, into its mobile app. Employees of participating Egencia clients can access discounted lodging offers after making an air booking. Presented with information about the program, several observers struggled to understand the value for customers; they were more interested in what it showed about Expedia.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Implements Citi Corporate Cards Across 32 Countries To Improve Acceptance, Spending Controls
Treasury & Risk magazine last month recognized Bristol-Myers Squibb for new payment programs that include virtual cards for meetings and a switch to Citi for greater acceptance.
From a travel management perspective, the cleanest and easiest way to book travel is through a content channel fed by a global distribution system. It’s been the predominant way corporate travel has worked for decades. It still is, but rates and inventory also come from other channels. TMCs need workarounds. Passive segments are a stopgap. They could even become more important, at least temporarily, as airline distribution evolves.
Some firms provide hotel rate assurance by rebooking rooms at lower prices. Others help travelers seek compensation for cancelled or heavily delayed flights. Los Angeles-based Service Technologies does both.