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Certify, Serko Affected As Amtrak Ends Travelfusion Deal

Amtrak turns 50 years old on May 1. Unless it patches up a relationship with content aggregator Travelfusion, it will be celebrating without connections to various corporate travel points of sale. According to Travelfusion CEO Moshe Rafiah, the rail operator a few months ago informed his company that it wanted to end its agreement to…

Client Fees As A Percentage Of The Airfare? National Travel Is Trying It

National Travel’s Ted Lawson has read the industry headlines and considered the arguments. His 40-plus years in travel management (after seven in air travel and lodging) and focus on customer service tell him that it’s time for a somewhat retro client pricing model: 3.x percent of the airfare. The x depends on online adoption. “This…

Reporter’s Notebook: Reviewing Job Performance During Covid, Coordinating Travel Mgmt. And Security, Reconsidering Corp. Airline Deals, Pursuing Testing Standards

This autumn isn’t panning out the way many of us expected. Business travel hasn’t bounced back, and in-person industry education is non-existent. Fortunately, virtual forums are standing in. The batch of insights below came from online events conducted by Deem (Sept. 24), the Institute of Travel Management (Sept. 29), and Atlas Travel, Cornell University and…

Hotel Cleanliness: Know Before You Book, And Maybe While You’re There

Hotels are taking hygiene very seriously. Instilling confidence is the top strategic challenge, but the practicalities are difficult. One is getting the specifics of new cleanliness programs and certifications in front of travelers when they book. Travel management companies, booking tech providers and others are working to address the issue. BCD Travel global hotel practice…

Corporate Travel, Science And Faith: GBTA CEO Scott Solombrino And President Bhart Sarin In Their Own Words

Before he got benched, GBTA CEO Scott Solombrino spent a lot of time recording videoconference conversations about the ongoing health and economic crises. He spoke almost exclusively with executives of travel suppliers that supported the organization. It was part of his effort to create a “media powerhouse,” as he described it to staff. Solombrino didn’t…

Deem Signs Former GetThere Clients Apple, Toyota For Online Booking Technology

Deem picked up online booking contracts with Apple and Toyota — big wins for a company that’s had plenty of ups and downs.  Acquired by Enterprise Holdings last year, Deem powers the car rental company’s small business site and is a key tech provider to other ground transportation firms. Now with Apple and Toyota’s U.S….

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