Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Hosts A Rallying Cry For Decarbonizing Aviation

At its annual convention this month in Orlando, the Global Business Travel Association delivered on a promise to make sustainability a primary focus. It announced new initiatives for buyer and supplier members while speakers used the soapbox to implore the industry to leverage its enormous spending power to kickstart sustainable aviation fuel funding.

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As World Shuts Borders To Stop Omicron, Japan Offers A Cautionary Tale

With the emergence of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus late last week, countries across the globe rushed to close their borders to travelers from southern Africa, even in the absence of scientific information about whether such measures were necessary or likely to be effective in stopping the virus’ spread.

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As If The Pandemic Wasn’t Cruel Enough, Scammers Are Preying On Travel Job Seekers

No one in corporate travel dodged the pandemic’s brutal treatment of employment. It’s not the only enemy. This package, including reporting by ProPublica, finds that job and recruitment scammers are targeting travel and offers tips for self-defense. [Image: Laila Milevski/ProPublica with illustration elements from Cath Virginia, special to ProPublica.]

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Delta Attack On SAP Concur Epitomizes Growing Impatience In Airline Distribution

With uncharacteristic bluntness, two key providers in corporate travel this month separately identified inhibitors to progress. A Delta distribution exec urged buyers to pressure SAP Concur to get its act together. Sabre leaders criticized widely used corporate airfare policies as archaic. And it’s not just them; perhaps the pandemic is a boon for plain speaking.

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Startup Onriva Draws Corporate Travel Honchos For Personalized Marketplace

Corporate travel and travel tech luminaries, including a former ARC CEO and former GBTA executive director, are helping a veteran of the air consolidator business break into corporate travel. Onriva, originally incorporated six years ago as Onvoya, applies machine learning and artificial intelligence in a marketplace that promises to deliver personalized travel options via mobile and desktop in collaboration with suppliers.

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The Limits Of Vacation

Companies that want to retain talent are looking for ways to reduce burnout, which can lead to reduced productivity and higher turnover. One strategy they’ve embraced is encouraging — or in some cases, forcing — employees to take vacation.

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Expecting More Non-GDS Fares, Air Canada To Launch Tool For Travel Agencies To Service Direct Bookings And Access NDC

Air Canada 18 years ago debuted fare families, a response to low-cost competition that set off a revolution in airline pricing. The company’s decision shortly thereafter to make some fares exclusive to its direct channels augured similar moves more than a decade later by big carriers in Europe and elsewhere. Is Montréal changing the game again?

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