Blockskye’s Disruption Accelerates After Years In Stealth

Last week, American Express Global Business Travel’s CEO pointed to Blockskye as offering something “genuinely new.” He wasn’t the first leader in Amex’s orbit to recognize the emerging player. During a Skift event in September, Amex GBT chairman Greg O’Hara referenced, without naming all the names, PwC’s decision to move its North America travel program…

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On the boards of a set of 14 business travel suppliers tracked by The Company Dime, female representation doubled between 2012 and 2023 to 30 percent. One of them has a woman serving as chair, the same number in that role among the group as in 2017 and 2012. The number of female CEOs in…

As Hopper Spawns Flexibility And Price Protections, Corporate Booking Tech Is On The Way

Apparently Hopper is building a corporate online booking tool. Marketing materials suggest B2B clients can “offer an end-to-end OBT that leverages Hopper’s technology, supply and design.” Scores of job openings describe a new corporate travel team that would “make Hopper’s consumer booking experience available to corporate travelers with corporate controls” through an “elegant, user-centric” solution….

For Deem And Others, Accessibility Is About Leveraging Mobile, Standards And Big Tech

As corporate travel event organizers and information providers continued to highlight Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the needs of travelers with disabilities this year came to the fore. The BTN Group this summer ran an online event diving into the challenges of accessibility in travel. The topic found its way to other trade publications and one…

Explainer: Self-Sovereign Identity

People share a lot of personal information through digital channels, and the entities they interact with access more of it than they need. Individuals have little control over the transmission of their data and who gets what. The concept of a decentralized, self-sovereign identity fixes that while addressing cybersecurity and streamlining processes. A self-sovereign identity…

Delta Attack On SAP Concur Epitomizes Growing Impatience In Airline Distribution

With uncharacteristic bluntness, two key providers in corporate travel this month separately identified inhibitors to progress. A Delta distribution exec urged buyers to pressure SAP Concur to get its act together. Sabre leaders criticized widely used corporate airfare policies as archaic. And it’s not just them; perhaps the pandemic is a boon for plain speaking….

Sizing Up Predictions: It’s Not Dead, But Business Travel’s Long-Term Place In Commerce Could Diminish

Recent coverage in mainstream publications gave the casual observer the impression that business travel might be dead. Here’s a sub-headline in Fortune this month: “The end of business travel?” The U.K.’s Telegraph in January asked, “Have Covid and Zoom killed business travel?” A BBC News podcast this week followed with, “Could the all-expenses-paid business trip…

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