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Op Ed: Tom Kallas On TMC Pricing Transparency

During his 41-year career in travel, Partnership Travel Consulting’s Tom Kallas held senior roles at corporate travel agencies including BCD Travel, IVI, Travelocity Business and World Travel Inc. Here he argues that TMC pricing is “not simply repeal and replace.” The recent article regarding the American Express Global Business Travel strategy to charge a fee…

Dee Runyan Joins Andy Menkes In Reconstituted Consultancy

Industry vet Andy Menkes left BCD Travel and restarted Partnership Travel Consulting. He founded the firm in 2001 and deactivated it in 2018 when he joined BCD as an SVP. The relaunched travel management consultancy features longtime travel management company executive Dee Runyan and former corporate buyer Jim Wilkins. After 16 years at BCD Travel,…

New Certification Programs Emerge For Hotel Safety And Security Vetting

Despite the priority of safety and security for business travelers, few employers comprehensively vet the hotels they use. It’s time-consuming and expensive. Two new organizations are helping with the task, joining the longer-established Safehotels Alliance. Ugosafe hopes in September to launch its evaluation program covering Africa. It’s an initiative of Paris-area hospitality security company S2H…

Op Ed: Andy Menkes On Trusting, And Verifying, Your Data

Today’s advisor is travel management veteran Andy Menkes of Partnership Travel Consulting. He writes that while data from travel management companies has improved over the years, travel program managers must do their due diligence. That means plugging gaps and checking everything. President Ronald Reagan made the phrase “trust, but verify” famous in the United States…

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Consultancies Advocate Rightsized TMC Sourcing

Festive Road is a travel consultancy for the social media age. It’s got excellent communicators. Heck, it has The Company Dime as a partner. [UPDATE, 2019: Festive Road was a marketing and content partner for The Company Dime’s 2016-2019 Teleconference series.] When it comes to TMC sourcing, the U.K.-based firm’s announcement this week of a simpler…

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Sources Unimpressed By BA Surcharge Alternatives

Travel management sources said British Airways parent IAG should go back to the drawing board on recently discussed alternatives to its surcharge program, due to take effect Nov. 1. An IAG official offered no comment on news that the firm is in the market talking to travel management companies about an incentive program not unlike…