Posted in Budgets Suppliers

More Lodging Industry Data Shows Slowing Travel Growth

Lodging industry performance reports and forecasts published this week by research firms showed continued weakness. They are the latest data points reflecting or predicting a…

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Posted in Distribution Productivity Suppliers

Why Did Four Big Hotel Companies Invest $50 Million In Third-Party Meetings Tech?

Buyers and sellers want an improved meetings sourcing process. They complain about the complexity and the volume of requests for proposals needed for the task….

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Posted in Budgets Negotiating

Morgan Stanley: Corporate Travel Prospects Weaken

New research by Morgan Stanley analysts suggested the prolonged period of strong corporate travel demand may hit speed bumps this year. After surveying 203 corporate…

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Posted in Careers Culture

Substantial Progress On Gender Balance Eludes Business Travel Professionals

EasyJet last month took heat for a gender pay disparity that it attributed to the preponderance of males among its pilots. The company also is…

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Posted in Negotiating Suppliers

Marriott’s 48-Hour Cancellation Policy To Affect 2018 Rate Negotiations

[UPDATE, Dec 22, 2017: Hyatt’s new “default” cancellation policy, effective January 1, 2018, will require customers of its various brands to cancel at least 48…

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Posted in Budgets Negotiating

Not Steeply And Not Everywhere, Average U.S. Hotel Rates To Rise Again In 2017

[UPDATE, June 28, 2017: BCD Travel’s Advito suggested that hotel demand in North America “may have passed its peak.” As such, the consulting unit tweaked…

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Posted in Distribution Suppliers

‘Book Direct’ Perception Challenge Trumps Rate Access Problems

Most of the recently announced members-only rates from major hotel chains are available in managed travel channels, but that’s not the whole point. Business travelers…

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