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Podcast 11: James Filsinger, Tom Botts, Chris Vukelich, Flo Lugli and Mitchell Stern

Our eleventh podcast episode features the second installment of a panel discussion recorded last month on hotel pricing and the lodging request for proposals process. The first part is here. Our expert guests were Yapta president and CEO James Filsinger, Miraval Group SVP and CMO Tom Botts, industry veteran Chris Vukelich and Navesink Advisory Group’s Flo…

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Podcast 10: Flo Lugli, Tom Botts, Chris Vukelich, James Filsinger and Elizabeth Grygo

Our tenth podcast episode features the first installment of a panel discussion recorded this week on hotel pricing and distribution strategies. The expert guests are new Miraval Group SVP and CMO Tom Botts, Yapta president and CEO James Filsinger, Navesink Advisory Group’s Flo Lugli and industry veteran Chris Vukelich. They talked with Jay Campbell and David…

Price Assurance Firms Go Global, Add Features

Price assurance remains an active area of development for corporate travel. Madrid-based Trappit now is challenging Yapta on the global stage for airfares. It’s got a hotel product in the works, too. Hotel-only provider TripBam, meanwhile, rolled out some significant enhancements during the past few weeks. The basic idea is to continually check already-purchased seats or rooms against newly published rates, and cancel/rebook if…

Saving Money With TripBam And Yapta Means Considering How Much To Annoy Travelers, Hoteliers

Yapta this month rolled out its RoomIQ hotel rate assurance product, claiming that in beta it saved clients $109 per stay. Like TripBam’s, the service beats rates for existing reservations and alerts travelers or their agents to the rebooking opportunity. Clients can calculate agency processing fees into rate comparisons. Both firms charge transaction fees, while…