Tag Archives: Marriott International

New Hotel Cancel Policies Not ‘Fine’ By Customers, But Greater Negotiated Value Offers Silver Lining

By | September 7, 2017

The reception to some hotel chains’ new 48-hour cancellation rules has been “perfectly fine,” according to Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher Nassetta. “Nobody likes incremental restrictions on the flexibility of reservations, but I think most customers understand that we’ve got a need to manage our inventory and avoid walking people,” said Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson. “As a consequence, the response… Read More »

IHG, Marriott Develop Account-Specific Sustainability Reports

By | August 29, 2017

Measuring lodging’s environmental impact is less straightforward than for air travel or car rental. All three contribute to a business trip’s carbon footprint, but hotels also use lots of water and electricity, and deal with a lot of trash. When deciding which properties to work with, most companies don’t consider environmental data. Many, though, ask for it. More… Read More »

GBTA Speakers Attempt To Answer Virtual Payment’s Questions

By | August 1, 2016

Denver – Despite its headaches, travel management pros who use virtual payment say it’s too beneficial to pass up. Speakers here during the Global Business Travel Association convention last month raised, and attempted to answer, the many questions. Virtual payment is a popular option for travelers without corporate cards. It cuts accounting reconciliation times and protects against fraud.… Read More »

Hilton To Cut Agency Commissions On New Rates

By | March 21, 2016

Hilton Worldwide declined to comment, but several sources said it’s planning to reduce agency commissions on its new HHonors rates. Those are the discounted rates that Hilton revealed in February as part of its “Stop Clicking Around” marketing campaign, designed to compete with online travel agencies. Other travel agencies at first worried they also would not have access… Read More »

2015 On The Company Dime

By | January 4, 2016

As they work for advantage, clients, suppliers and those in between keep business travel management interesting. Changes to underlying and consumer-facing technology make it a dynamic business function. The personal and geopolitical elements of business travel offer points of note from the micro to macro levels. As one of our featured practitioners noted, this job is about economics, geography, psychology and then some. And so last… Read More »

Keep An Eye On APIs, Travel Buyers Advised

By | September 9, 2015

CIO Magazine announced Aug. 1 that Marriott International earned a “CIO100” award for its application programming interface platform, created in 2014. Marriott senior director for B2B e-commerce Geoff Heuchling earlier that week gave corporate travel professionals an idea of why APIs matter to them. He made them sound pretty huge. Enabling new ways to integrate internal applications, distribute data externally, service customers and interact with… Read More »

Cindy Allen Departs Concur As Some TMC Relationships Remain Touchy

By | April 15, 2015

Concur executive vice president of supplier and TMC services Mike Koetting will take direct responsibility for travel management company relationships as the firm says goodbye to Cindy Allen. Allen, who has served as vice president of TMC services, joined Concur upon its 2013 acquisition of GDSX. On Tuesday she informed TMCs by email that she plans to depart at the end of the… Read More »