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Marriott Again Wants To Skip Corporate Rate Negotiations As Hotel Pricing Remains Volatile

As it and several other hotel companies did last year, Marriott International told corporate accounts it would roll over current-year negotiated rates to next year and bypass the request for proposals process. Some companies last year agreed to that approach but others held out and insisted on negotiating new rates. The hotel company is getting…

Aiming To Check More Boxes, Players Remake Risk Management Landscape

Employee safety is paramount for organizations. Because travel is a big part, providers involved in risk, security and mass communications in recent years added travel services to their portfolios. On the flip side, for organizations that focused people risk management mostly on their traveling people, 2020 showed there’s much more to it. To serve evolving…

Cornerstone Enhances Travel Policy Management Tool To Deliver Covid Trip Info

“Know before you go” websites are one way for business travelers to get informed and avoid the cost of calling a travel advisor. It was only a matter of time before more automation came to the fore. Reservation management, reporting and analytics company Cornerstone Information Systems has enhanced its travel policy management and authorization service…

Op Ed: Mat Orrego On Approaching And Solving Problems In The Travel Industry, Part 2

A few years ago, Cornerstone Information Systems CEO Mat Orrego wrote the first installment of this editorial. From his perspective, recent events have illustrated some exceptional, successful cases of the kind of problem-solving in action that he had discussed. For some, according to Orrego, it’s now about pivoting or perishing. This pandemic has forced us…

World Travel Inc. Partners With Rome-Based Tech Firm For Reporting Chatbot

Few things jazz up Rock Blanco more than new platforms, which helps him stay cool in the face of trial and error. Such is the World Travel Inc. chief innovation officer’s relationship with Alexa, whom he had to dump for a friendlier dance partner. Now, World Travel is working with Rome-based Askdata on a conversational…

Minneapolis TMC Makes Hay With Subscription Model

Startups are not the only travel management providers trying out new pricing models. Thirty-six-year-old family business ProfessionalTravelService.com, a Travel Leaders Group affiliate, is based in Minneapolis but lives online. Using Deem or SAP Concur, clients don’t pay online transaction fees as the TMC relies on supplier commissions and incentive payments. Services include traveler tracking through…

How Good Is Apple’s Deal With United? Here Are Some Benchmarks

It’s tempting to try to ascertain Apple’s discount on business class airfares between San Francisco and Shanghai after this month’s leak of United Airlines client information. The info wasn’t detailed enough to draw firm conclusions, but industry providers can offer some context. According to banners posted at a United staff event, Apple purchases 50 business class seast per day…

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