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Want To Hold Onto Elite Status With Your Airline? It’s Going To Cost You.

There was a moment at the height of the pandemic when rewards programs were lowering the velvet rope for more than the privileged few. According to this article by Victoria M. Walker, it’s time to prepare for the “great reset” in elite status. There’s nothing quite like getting special treatment while traveling. Think complimentary upgrades…

As Industry Moves Past Rate Rollovers, Cvent Preps Updated Hotel RFP Tools

Clients told Cvent its transient sourcing products were “adequate,” but the company is shooting higher. As business travel pros begin thinking about 2023 rate negotiations, the company on Tuesday told buyers and suppliers it would update components of its request for proposals technology for this summer. Reducing custom questions and back-and-forth on standard ones are…

Tripbam Hotel Booking Data Shows Glimpses Of Normalcy

Demand for corporate travel lodging is accelerating but it’s not just volume that’s closing in on familiar territory. Average rates and the brands getting bookings also look more like they did in 2019, according to Tripbam data presented this month. “We are seeing a rapid increase in rate,” said Tripbam CEO Steve Reynolds during his…

Hotels Reconstitute, Restore Brand Standards With Business Travelers In Mind

Hotel executives say they are reconsidering and reinstating brand standards, potentially impacting business traveler expectations and corporate sourcing.  Brand standards govern the responsibilities of property owners and operators. Ranging from design, maintenance and renovations to operations, amenities and customer services, they support consistent experiences and define brands. Prominent among them are specifications for food and…

Will Required Hotel Guest Vaccinations Hit Corporate Travel?

While there are plenty of Covid vaccine mandates for indoor places around the country and the world, there are few for hotels. In the United States, they’re limited to a handful of smaller boutique hotels and leisure/resort properties — for now. A few other countries already enacted rules requiring proof of vaccination for lodging guests,…

Reporter’s Notebook: Digital Health Credentials, Dynamic Hotel Pricing, TMC Relationships

Read on for the latest industry discussions about digital passports, dynamic hotel pricing and TMC relationships. Providers of so-called digital health passports continue to add partnerships with airlines, airports and other entities to ease international travel. Starting with verifiable, negative Covid test results, the systems now are working to add proof of vaccination. Air transport…

Tripbam Data: Hilton Passed Marriott In Corporate Travel Share

In January and February of last year, Tripbam clients made about 80 percent more bookings with Marriott properties than they did with Hilton brands. In April, Hilton surpassed Marriott as the top hospitality company booked in the United States by corporations that use Tripbam, and it’s been that way ever since. During January 2021, Tripbam…

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