Monthly Archives: July 2016

U.S. Federal Government Funds Artificial Intelligence For Travel Risk Management

By | July 29, 2016

Monitoring the “dark web” for chatter to predict terrorist activity is expensive and largely the purview of law enforcement. Travel risk management startups, however, are developing technology to help clients more quickly respond to threatening incidents. It’s possible, for example, to issue tsunami alerts following an earthquake. Good intel can highlight areas with a higher likelihood of violence,… Read More »

NexTravel, W Travel Partner To Take Midmarket Firms Across Borders

By | July 27, 2016

Corporate booking tech developer NexTravel partnered with little-known travel management company W Travel to go after multinationals. Related to a provider of premium-class services to business travelers, W is investing to compete with the megas. NexTravel will retain other TMC partners, notably Atlas Travel and Technology Group. You will find bold proclamations in the NextTravel-W Travel announcement, but… Read More »

Dav El BostonCoach, EmpireCLS Jump Into Ground Technology Fray

By | July 25, 2016

[UPDATE, Jan. 27, 2017: Dav El BostonCoach parent Marcou Transportation Group acquired GroundLink and LimoAnywhere. “These companies provide us the opportunity to directly compete” with Uber, Lyft and other so-called transportation network companies, according to a statement from Marcou CEO Scott Solombrino. He noted that implementing auto-dispatch and “geospatial pricing” capabilities will help Marcou offer “the industry’s first… Read More »

Sources: Hilton Stops Dickering Around With Reduced Commissions

By | July 22, 2016

Hilton Worldwide is no longer considering reduced commissions on its member rates, according to sources. Hilton press officials did not respond to requests for comment sent Thursday morning. This a relief for travel agents and their business customers. Yet, concern about exposure to changes in supplier revenue — especially from hotels — will remain. “We do worry about… Read More »

GBTA Committee Praises AA, Delta And Partners For Media Bag Work

By | July 21, 2016

Denver — The media have a lot of baggage. Seriously, when they travel, employees at companies like CBS often lug loads of equipment. Fees for excess bags can easily swamp the cost of a ticket. On many trips, these travelers need to go beyond the airlines’ normal bag limits. Alliance partners of American Airlines and Delta Air Lines during… Read More »

AA, Concur Announce TripLink Collaboration

By | July 18, 2016

[UPDATE, Nov. 15, 2016: British Airways and Iberia agreed to participate in Concur TripLink. A Concur official indicated that there is “no timeline to share at the moment” for when the American Airlines Oneworld alliance and joint venture partners expect to go live.] Concur signed American Airlines to its TripLink supplier-direct program. AA joins Air Canada, Etihad, Lufthansa… Read More »

FCM Travel Solutions Takes Mobile TMC Service To A New Level With Messaging

By | July 12, 2016

FCM Travel Solutions soon would like you to meet Sam, a multi-platform mobile messaging service bringing e-concierge and virtual agent concepts into the managed arena. The Company Dime last month previewed the platform, which FC USA has been testing internally. About 20 users from FCM Travel Solutions’ largest corporate customer also are testing it, and its second-largest will participate as well.… Read More »