BCD Travel

BCD Travel Revs Up New Service For Unmanaged Business Travel Clients

BCD Travel launched a no-fee, easy onboarding business travel service in Germany and shared plans to expand it to additional markets next year. The company put one of its top executives, global CFO Cees Batenburg, in charge of the initiative as executive lead. The new service uses a brand from an indirectly related acquisition several…

New Cvent Hotel Sourcing Tech Fails At The Wrong Time

Cvent tried to make its transient hotel sourcing technology more than “adequate” as of this summer. At this point, though, “functional” would please clients. Sources said the new tools were falling down just when they’re most needed — deep in the negotiating season for 2023 rates. A Cvent media official did not respond to an…

Travel Management Companies Sweeten Offers As Staffing Issues Persist

American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and CWT each has around 500 job openings, according to their websites. Industry employment and recruiting sources said some travel management companies had begun offering more competitive salaries and benefits to attract talent. Some refreshed or reintroduced recruitment and training programs.  It’s all not soon enough for corporate…

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…

Pricing And Overall Demand Are Strong, But Big U.S. Airlines Cannot Grow

Airfares are up, planes are full and some major U.S. carriers are reporting record revenues. At the same time, staffing shortages are wrecking customer service, dark economic clouds loom and some worry the recovery in corporate demand is decelerating. According to ARC, U.S. air bookings made by travel agencies that mainly serve commercial clients have…

Exploring The Metaverse

According to a BCD Travel paper published last month, travel companies “cannot ignore” the metaverse and some already are engaging with it despite confusion, hype and skepticism. The report suggested travel managers may harness virtual reality to “inspect and experience the products they’re offering” to traveling employees, “steer traveler booking behaviors,” help relieve travel stress…

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