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What Matters When Choosing A Corporate Travel Consultant

Consulting services for corporate travel program management are popping up everywhere. Even suppliers like Delta Air Lines and Mastercard are ready to help. Incumbents include special divisions of travel management companies, individuals, boutique firms and some of the world’s largest consultancies. How does an organization choose? Primarily, it’s about how well the consultant’s subject matter…

Amex GBT Claims ‘Highest’ Net Promoter Scores Based On McKinsey Survey It Won’t Share

Among the materials made public last week by American Express Global Business Travel was a chart showing how the Net Promoter Score for Egencia and Amex GBT exceeded those of some key rivals, in some cases by quite a bit. GBT didn’t conduct the study; McKinsey & Co. ran it in July and August for…

Pundits Assess Greater Reliance On Travel Management Companies, And Its Challenges

The pandemic made more companies question the value of business travel, but at the same time, reliance on the partners that help manage it grew. According to a Global Business Travel Association survey last month, 52 percent of more than 300 travel buyers said their organizations’ reliance on travel management companies for service and support…

Op Ed: Louise Miller On Travel Service Challenges Amid A Choppy Return

Deteriorated or insufficient travel services will be a reality for some as volumes recover. Demanding corporate travelers and their managers, generally satisfied with their service providers’ efforts during the pandemic, will start to lose patience. Areka Consulting’s Louise Miller suggests proactively and thoroughly communicating with travelers, understanding travel management company staffing and information sharing capabilities,…

Scott Gillespie Creates Patent-Pending Trip Justification Tool For New Era Of Business Travel Demand Management

Should you Zoom or should you go?  Veteran travel industry advisor Scott Gillespie developed a simple tool to help decide. There are others, and he expects more. There’s pent-up demand for in-person connections, but Covid brought new obstacles to whether and how they’re made. The reduction in office use, widespread adoption of virtual conferencing technology…

Reporter’s Notebook: TripActions Wins Large Multinational; Medical Pointers On Covid Vaccines And Testing; Sustainability At The Online Point Of Sale

[CLARIFICATIONS, March 23, 2021: BCD Travel and Sammit Khanndeparkar of Springer Nature provided additional information to help the reader’s understanding of the developments covered in this article. Firstly, while Springer in 2019 spent nearly $40 million annually on travel and entertainment in 75 countries, BCD Travel’s portion of the account represented about $11 million and 11…

As Tripbam Spins Up Hotel Sourcing Service, Chains Oppose Getting Cut Out

Corporate customers constantly reshopping rates is bad for hotels, but so long as properties publish lower rates, revenue managers have little recourse. It didn’t matter so much during the last several years, thanks to the healthy business environment. That’s gone. Making matters worse for chains, clients now are using Tripbam’s data troves to go straight…

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