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Tripbam Asks, Where Did All The Hotel Chainwide Discounts Go?

The biggest knock on any discount program buyers secure with hotel properties and chains is that travelers can’t access preferred rates. That wastes the negotiating effort and eliminates some expected savings. According to Tripbam, for many enterprise clients, that’s been the case this year for chainwide deals. The reasons aren’t clear.  Due to localized hotel…

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…

Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On Getting Business Travelers Resigned To The Great Resignation

Serko’s Tony D’Astolfo is always ready to serve his two cents with a smile. There’s been a lot of talk about the Great Resignation. And while we could debate why it’s happening, something not up for debate is how hard the travel industry has been hit by it. Hospitality executives lament the difficulty of replacing…

Why A Not-So-Hot Economy Might Be Good News

Recessions are typically bad for travel and weak corporate profitability is normally bad for business travel. But these times of unleashed demand are anomalous for transportation, hospitality and corporate collaboration. Should travel professionals be concerned about a broader recession? It’s hard to say, but maybe not so much. Ben Casselman writes that, generally speaking, as…

CWT Enlists Analytics Startup To Predict Corporate Travel Demand

Corporate travel is finally showing signs of a sustained recovery, but its susceptibility to exogenous shocks has never been more apparent. Will it return to the levels of 2019, and if so, when? That’s anyone’s guess. CWT wants its answers to be more informed and, in February, began a three-month pilot with a startup analytics…

Delta Remains More Confident Than Some In Business Travel Recovery

Delta is always first among publicly traded airlines to report quarterly earnings. Its boss, Ed Bastian, typically talks more about the corporate travel market than peers at other airlines. Thursday offered no exception, as he told Wall Street analysts to expect a strong spring and summer. “While the new variant is not done, it appears…

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