Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

BCD Travel Ditches Travelport

BCD Travel is moving to two global distribution system partners from three, focusing on Amadeus and Sabre while leaving out Travelport. “We have a high regard for Travelport, but we’re confident that the direction we’ve taken is the right one for our business and our customers,” according to a statement attributed to Thane Jackson, BCD…

Airline Contracts Are Complex But Applying Them Need Not Be Inefficient, Developers Say

Travel management companies want to maximize revenues, corporate program managers want smooth servicing and no one wants debit memos. New integration between a pair of travel tech firms hopes to accomplish all of that and address some of the challenges of alternative airline distribution models. The key is using automation to overcome airline contract complexity….

Tripbam Asks, Where Did All The Hotel Chainwide Discounts Go?

The biggest knock on any discount program buyers secure with hotel properties and chains is that travelers can’t access preferred rates. That wastes the negotiating effort and eliminates some expected savings. According to Tripbam, for many enterprise clients, that’s been the case this year for chainwide deals. The reasons aren’t clear.  Due to localized hotel…

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Convention Spotlights Efforts To Digitize And Centralize Payment

San Diego — “The pandemic has had a huge impact across the payments space,” according to Visa Business Solutions senior director Ryan Grabau. “People want to be more digital, for sustainability or because everyone is working remotely. They want to pay contactless. Organizations want more control in managing expenditures and cash flow.” Grabau spoke here…

Amex GBT CEO: Hotel Is Less Profitable Than Air But Growing Faster

As part of its roadshow before going public, American Express Global Business Travel told potential investors that airfares it booked were 40 percent higher than those sold by other travel management companies. Amex GBT CEO Paul Abbott on Wednesday said air travel was more profitable than lodging.   At a meeting hosted by Citi, Abbott…

Headlines Raise Red Flags For International Travel Risk Management

What do the forthcoming World Cup in Qatar, a WNBA superstar and a murdered journalist’s lawyer have in common? As cautionary tales involving international travel and local laws stricter than most Westerners experience, they should be on the radar of those involved in travel risk management. The lawyer is Asim Ghafoor, a U.S. citizen detained…

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