Tag Archives: Ovation Corporate Travel

Deem To Push Hotel, Ground Attachment With Mobile Messaging Service

By | August 8, 2018

Deem is working on mobile messaging to remind travelers to book hotels and ground transportation if they didn’t do so when making an airline reservation. The company plans to make it available through Apple iOS and Google Android messaging applications starting in the fourth quarter. Deem will expand the service in 2019 to cover flight changes and dining.… Read More »

Ovation Travel Makes First Non-U.S. Acquisition

By | June 18, 2018

One of the last standing in that unique category of New York-based travel agencies drawing outsized attention from suppliers while serving high-end business and leisure clientele, Ovation Travel Group has made its first acquisition outside the United States. Ovation last week bought London-based Chartwell Travel Limited, known in the entertainment, film, television and news production industries, according to a… Read More »

Rewards For Policy Compliance Are A Bad Idea, Says Rewards Program Provider

By | October 27, 2017

Nearly one in four corporate travel managers polled in August and September said their companies offered incentives or rewards for in-policy bookings. Perhaps it’s counterintuitive, but the head of a leading corporate travel rewards system called that “ridiculous.” “That’s way too high,” said Rocketrip founder and CEO Dan Ruch during a Thursday evening panel discussion about corporate travel policy hosted by… Read More »

In Defense Of Corporate Travel Policy

By | October 4, 2017

Corporate travel policy has taken a lot of grief lately. It’s too long, so nobody reads it. It’s not traveler-centric. It doesn’t incorporate “behavioral economics.” Its ability to control behavior is a “myth.” Some generalizations are less true than others, and corporate policy is often misunderstood. That doesn’t mean companies can stand pat. The business environment is always… Read More »

After Enlisting Two Dozen TMCs, Concur’s Preferred Program Loses A Few

By | February 2, 2017

Frosch recently left the Concur preferred travel management company program because it didn’t want to use all the required technology. A similar thing happened with Altour and at least one other TMC. In the three cases, officials said they remain Concur supporters even if they no longer meet the formal program’s criteria. At more than two dozen other… Read More »

ARC, TMC Exec Raise Red Flags On Ticketing Fraud

By | November 3, 2016

As with hacking, if it hasn’t happened to you yet, fraud will. Travel management companies can be unwitting participants in deceit. In one unsettling but increasingly common scenario, scammers search the Internet or buy hacked information to find out companies’ travel agencies and other details. They masquerade as executives from those companies in calls to the agencies. They… Read More »

At Your (Leisure Travel) Service

By | June 30, 2016

Usage of vacation time in the United States has been falling despite research that shows a rested employee is a productive one. When they do make plans, co-workers sometimes bug travel professionals with questions about vacations. They don’t always have answers. A couple of companies born from business travel management are looking to help. A brand-new spinoff of Ovation… Read More »