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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…

Tripbam’s Hotel Sourcing Business ‘Tripled’

The Company Dime‘s Jay Campbell spoke with Eric Friedrichsen, CEO of Emburse, and Steve Reynolds, CEO and founder of Tripbam, about the Wednesday morning news of Tripbam’s acquisition by Emburse. Here are some highlights. • Tripbam will initially run as a division of Emburse, with Reynolds reporting to Friedrichsen. • Reynolds: Integrating with Emburse Go (formerly Roadmap)…

Comings And Goings Remake Hotel Request For Proposals Tech Field

Decisions by Sabre and Lodging Logistics to shut down their hotel request for proposals products left some travel buyers researching alternatives. The remaining players include familiar names and new entrants. The keys to succeeding in the complicated, niche space include a dedication to ongoing investment, connectivity to various hotel systems and integration with GBTA’s standard…

Sabre Shuts RFP Service, Lodging Logistics To Partner With Vindow

Sabre on July 14 will discontinue the hotel request for proposals service it has offered for 17 years. Another player in the space, Lodging Logistics, is winding down its existing RFP service after more than 30 years. Lodging Logistics president and owner Bob Peper said Thursday that the company would resume strategic sourcing after the…

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Before the pandemic, American Airlines crowed about adding to its sales force and growing market share in corporate travel. Conditions have changed. Both corporate travel and airline capacity growth are depressed. Improving profitability and paying down debt are top priorities. After cutting back last year on customer benefits including perks and discounts, now AA is saying goodbye to its…

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…

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