American Express Global Business Travel

Notebook: The Beat Live

New York — First up on the agenda at The Beat Live here Tuesday was American Express Global Business Travel CEO Paul Abbott, interviewed by The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. AmTrav CEO Jeff Klee followed with a keynote speech and then Scott Laurence, American Airlines SVP of partnerships and retailing, took a few questions. Highlights follow….

New Hilton SME Program Highlights Supplier-Intermediary Clash

Corporate travel agencies and tech firms concerned about competition from suppliers won’t find comfort in the latest business travel moves from Hilton Worldwide.  Last month, the company announced it would launch by early next year a program offering discounted rates, company loyalty points and program management tools to small and medium-sized enterprises booking on its…

AI Text Processing Sparks New Phase Of Travel Management Productivity

Travel management companies using Amgine Technologies and communications tech firms like Front have entered a new era of productivity.  Travel Incorporated is processing between five and 10 bookings initiated by traveler emails this way for every standard agent-assisted booking.  Newer Amgine clients Christopherson Business Travel and Executive Travel are excited about the potential. All three…

AA, Alaska End Joint Corporate Sales

Oneworld partners American Airlines and Alaska Airlines no longer coordinate corporate sales for mutual accounts. They did not give a reason or say how many customers were impacted. “We are sunsetting our joint contract agreement with American Airlines, but it will take some time to work through the processes,” according to an Alaska Airlines media…

Dispatch 6

At the end of September, Travelport reduced its workforce. Sources said the cut was about 10 percent of employees. A media relations official declined to address that figure. “Our goal is to be the industry’s most effective and efficient company, delivering the best technology that enables our customers to be the most modern retailers,” the…

As Hotel Rates Rise, Buyers Seek Partnership On Wellness, Safety, Sustainability

Pharmaceutical company Alkermes is looking for hotels that offer a safe jogging path. At IBM, the security team questions potential preferred properties. Automation Anywhere wants some favors on the meetings side for space or flexible terms. It’s a challenging rate environment, but there’s more than one way for corporate buyers to find value in lodging…

End of content

End of content