Author: Jay Campbell

Before starting The Company Dime with David Jonas in 2014, journalist Jay Campbell a decade earlier created travel business newsletter The Beat. In 2006, Jay co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 helped integrate them with Business Travel News. He served as BTN's editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University. He would be happy to connect on LinkedIn.

Years Of Consolidation Gave Concur Market Power, But No Monopoly

You may have read that as SAP swallows Concur, business travel innovation goes down with it. This is absurd. Concur is much more an expense management software company than a business travel company. Is it innovative? Yes, but that’s not how it got its travel cred. Concur has no monopoly on ingenuity and now, perhaps…

Travel Management Pros Sort Of Like The Social Enterprise

Social media can help with travel management, but so far it’s not for everybody. According to Carlson Wagonlit Travel research released last week, using enterprise social networking to promote travel program compliance remains an “untapped” opportunity. Slightly more than one-third of 1,113 travel, meetings and events professionals surveyed last fall indicated that further promoting travel policy through…

Sabre’s Planned Acquisition Is Likely Asian GDS Abacus

[UPDATE: Sabre on May 14, 2015, announced the acquisition of Abacus International.] Sabre Corporation on Monday revealed in a financial filing that this quarter it may agree to an acquisition for its Travel Network GDS division. The acquired company would cost around $500 million, add about $250 million in revenue and improve earnings starting next year….

Airbnb Adds Risk Management Support In Further Appeal To Corporate Travel

International SOS for a few months has been taking data from Airbnb to help joint clients locate employees in a crisis. Sources said Airbnb also is soliciting other types of support from travel risk management companies to increase its appeal to corporate travel programs. Meanwhile, Airbnb seems to be expanding its business travel sales and account management…

Rivals, Employees Accuse Flight Centre Of Deceptive Practices

[UPDATE, Sept. 12, 2016: Channel 4 Dispatches on British television in spring 2016 leveled some related accusations. Channel 4 included a Flight Centre response saying the “Dispatches’ allegation that Flight Centre has a policy or culture of applying opportunistic or excessive margins to particular customers or demographics is completely unfounded.” The travel company, though, acknowledged the…

How To Get Executives To Focus On Travel Risk Management

Nothing important gets done without executive buy-in, but what if no one in the C-suite is listening? That’s the conundrum facing some professionals as they try to establish robust travel risk management programs. When regulations or the news don’t get executives’ attention, experts advise giving them something tangible. “People who have never experienced a crisis don’t often see that…

New Client Database Could Alter American Express Global Business Travel’s Integration With Booking Tools

American Express Global Business Travel is planning a new client database that could change how booking tools, agents and mobile devices connect. Benefits would include a more consistent traveler experience and improved travel disruption management. This repository of client policies and preferences is the top priority in a tech vision that the company expects to…

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