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GBTA’s McCormick: Creating Conference Content Should Be ‘Like Church And State’

It was a remarkable rebuke. During the Global Business Travel Association convention in August, one of the association’s board members chastised a seminar speaker mid-session for turning his education into a sales pitch. The exchange reflected concerns in the travel buyer community about the commercialization of industry training offered by non-profits. One issue is whether…

Buyers, Hotels Walk The Walk On RFP Angst

Complaining about the hotel request for proposals process is an annual rite. During the past few years, more buyers, hoteliers and intermediaries did something about it. For travel managers, the effort may include both a strategic decision to hire outside experts and new program management tactics. According to a February-March 2018 survey sponsored by HRS,…

New Tripbam Benchmarking And Auditing Services Take Aim At Hotel Revenue Management Trickery

Tripbam announced benchmarking and hotel performance assessment tools enabling clients to determine if they’re getting appropriate discounts, why negotiated rates aren’t being used and where they can improve their programs. The initiative aims to address problems that give travel buyers fits and have attracted other solutions, as well. In the works for well over a year,…

Conichi Trades ‘Sexy’ Stuff For Fundamentals

As interesting as the next new thing can be, sometimes it’s the boring old stuff that needs attention. Core processes, data capture, spend management. Yawn. When Germany-based Conichi hit the market four years ago, its mobile app leveraged beacons and personalization, and facilitated digital hotel room door opening. The company’s focus is different now. Conichi still provides…

New Certification Programs Emerge For Hotel Safety And Security Vetting

Despite the priority of safety and security for business travelers, few employers comprehensively vet the hotels they use. It’s time-consuming and expensive. Two new organizations are helping with the task, joining the longer-established Safehotels Alliance. Ugosafe hopes in September to launch its evaluation program covering Africa. It’s an initiative of Paris-area hospitality security company S2H…

Siemens Fixates On Ingenuity With TripLink, Blockchain, Hotel Sourcing Farmed To HRS

The decision by Siemens to move all hotel sourcing to HRS isn’t only about improving the $101 billion industrial manufacturer’s lodging program. It supports a traveler-centric philosophy through flexibility and choice that’s also reflected in other areas like air travel and booking channels. Process efficiencies are a bonus. “This is not open booking by definition,”…

HRS Tests Blockchain For Corporate Hotel Negotiations, Check-In Procedures

One of the first applications of blockchain to corporate travel is in the works at hotel distribution and contracting specialist HRS. Spurred in part by discussions with sourcing client Siemens, HRS is testing blockchain-powered smart contracts, allowing clients and hotels to negotiate rates that change based on environmental conditions. In another scenario, blockchain supports identity verification…

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