Monthly Archives: February 2016

New Head Of Sabre Corporate Products Enacts Integrated Booking, Mobile And Payment Strategy

By | February 29, 2016

Company veteran Yannis Karmis left Sabre in January as the firm reorganized its approach to the corporate market. Led by newcomer Clinton Anderson, the ambitious strategy includes a new path for GetThere but ditches TruTrip. It seeks to solve the tricky issue of out-of-program spend. It aims to deliver heretofore untapped potential in payments and mobile. It’s benefiting from a 40 percent… Read More »

NuTravel Mobile Booking Plan Draws Travel Management Company Interest

By | February 26, 2016

Three travel management companies this week displayed varying degrees of interest in booking tool provider nuTravel’s plan to integrate with mobile app developers. NuTravel’s first partner, United Kingdom-based Mantic Point, provides apps to corporate agencies including Direct Travel, Executive Travel and FCm Travel Solutions. Officials with Direct Travel and FCm said they were considering the opportunity; Executive sees… Read More »

London, China Among International Fare Soft Spots

By | February 25, 2016

Businesses are paying less for some international airline tickets than they have in years, according to corporate travel benchmarks. It’s not because airlines have cut published pricing. Instead, they have kept selling more low-bucket inventory closer to departure. That brings down passenger yield, a proxy for fare paid. Some U.S. routes to London and China are showing sharply reduced average fares paid.… Read More »

New Agency Automation Player Targeting Mid-Office And Point-Of-Sale Advances

By | February 19, 2016

There’s a new entrant eyeing a spot in the travel agent technology field. Centered on a rules engine, Fociss Travel System would help corporate travel management companies connect various customer-facing tasks with behind-the-scenes automation. The idea is to make agents more efficient and improve customer service. The first step is a new cloud-based mid-office system “because that’s what so many people want,” said… Read More »

International SOS Adds Air Safety Ratings

By | February 17, 2016

International SOS last month introduced an aviation safety ratings service that flags bookings on airlines deemed risky. Gwendoline Pichon de Vendeuil, group product director at the travel risk management firm, noted growing customer interest following several high-profile aviation incidents in the past year. For travel management pros, the important thing is knowing the risks before travel occurs. Some companies address it by… Read More »

Rio Tinto Plan Resurfaces Questions About Edicts On Travel Cuts

By | February 11, 2016

Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh got some attention last month when he said the multinational mining company would cut trips to save money. According to a press official, Walsh “was challenging everyone in the organization to remain focused on costs and that included reducing travel. He asked everyone to consider if that journey, visit or conference is essential… Read More »