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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

With Enterprise Value Of $5 Billion, American Express Global Business Travel Gets Ten-Year Commitments From Investors, Key Leaders

As part of a recapitalization agreement announced Tuesday, existing and new investors in the American Express Global Business Travel joint venture made a ten-year commitment. Chairman Greg O’Hara intends to stay in the role that long, as well. Owners affirmed a $5 billion value for the company, including debt. During a Wednesday phone interview, O’Hara…

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Kayak Eyes Managed Corporate Travel As Its Parent Company Invests In Serko, A Potential Enabler

Meta search company Kayak as early as last year began exploring a business travel gateway to supplier sites and online travel agencies which could include negotiated corporate rates. The company last month announced a free service including a number of business travel functions, but it also revealed greater managed-travel ambitions. After first applying certain policies…

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Op Ed: Tony D’Astolfo On The Compromises Of Corporate Online Booking Tools

Corporate travel veteran and Serko senior vice president of North America Tony D’Astolfo takes us through how corporate booking tools got to where they are — under-appreciated and criticized. He challenges readers to think about where they should go from here and highlights hard questions travel managers need to ask. “How did things ever get…