Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hilton Ends Test Of Seven-Day Cancellation Rates

By | January 31, 2017

For those who found Hilton’s restrictive “flexible” rates problematic, there’s some good news. A Hilton official confirmed the hotel company ended a test of those rates. But don’t be surprised if you see them again. Like Basic Economy airfares, these kinds of hotel rates aren’t suited for corporate travel. Some program managers would rather not include them in booking… Read More »

Strategy Evolved, HRG Rolls Out Native Apps

By | January 30, 2017

The last big travel management company to hold out on delivering an owned mobile app, Hogg Robinson Group this month is deploying on Android and iOS. The TMC will maintain other mobile initiatives, including a Nordic region app co-branded with Amadeus and collaboration with Sabre’s TripCase. For clients in the United Kingdom, HRG also is about to launch… Read More »

Travel And Transport Downgrades KDS Partnership

By | January 26, 2017

In recent years, KDS talked a lot about the importance of partnerships with travel management companies. Then American Express Global Business Travel announced it would acquire the travel and expense tech firm. Some assumed right away that those TMC relationships would suffer. They were right. Travel and Transport was once a key KDS partner. “Our relationship has changed… Read More »

Variety, Practicality Mark Newest Travel Management Company App Features

By | January 25, 2017

Like other travel management companies, World Travel Inc. enabled email parsing and off-channel booking data capture in its mobile experience. Technology from Traxo powers itinerary data aggregation in the WorldMobile app as part of a deal announced in October. Some think of it as an obligatory function; the TMC sees more differentiation in other capabilities. There’s notable value,… Read More »

DOD Piloting New Defense Travel System, Asking For Travel Management Company Capabilities

By | January 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Defense spends billions on travel every year. Its policies have grown unwieldy. The Defense Travel System has been widely derided. Travel payment processes are rife with errors. Projects now underway aim to fix a lot of that. DOD since June has been running a limited pilot of the newest version of DTS. It coincides… Read More »

New International Tax Framework Demands Solid Travel Booking, Activity Data

By | January 23, 2017

New York — Corporate travel departments are always pointing to service, savings and safety as reasons for travel management policies and practices. Here’s another: fiscal self-preservation. Aiming to reduce transnational tax avoidance, more than 100 jurisdictions around the globe last year adopted plans to update international tax rules. Governed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the… Read More »