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If Corporate Travel Data Is ‘Awful,’ Here’s Why

“As we all know,” said S&P Global director of global travel and meetings Ann Dery, “TMC data is horrendously awful.” Dery’s comment at the Global Business Travel Association convention in August elicited faux disbelief from co-panelist Steve Sitto, senior group manager for global travel, events and mobility supply chain at Tesla.  They elaborated.  “I don’t…

Airlines Need New Planes, But The Supply Chain Has Other Ideas

Aviation’s supply and demand balance has been out of whack since the pandemic began. That caused airfares to plummet then skyrocket. Many corporate buyers and their preferred airlines rolled agreements over, waiting for the dust to settle. Domestic demand is now strong but on the supply side, seat capacity in the U.S. market for this…

Single-Carrier Route Mandates Cut Air Spend For Software Firm Finastra

Multinational travel programs typically use at least two of the three major airline partner groupings, and many use all three. U.K.-based financial software firm Finastra in 2019 committed to providing all its business on a lucrative international route to just one. After seeing savings by aggregating that spending, the company is hunting for similar opportunities…

Sabre President Kurt Ekert: ‘We Want GetThere To Be A Showcase’ For NDC

Estimated reading time: 16 minutes The Company Dime co-founder Jay Campbell on Friday interviewed Sabre president Kurt Ekert by videoconference. Among other issues, Ekert talked about a starring role for Sabre’s GetThere corporate booking tool, hope for near-term adoption of the New Distribution Capability, an “arms race” for corporate travel management companies and how Sabre’s…

CWT RoomIt Lures Amazon From HRS For Hotel Sourcing

CWT last week announced that its RoomIt division would provide Amazon with hotel category services including sourcing, booking and rate reshopping. Amazon previously used HRS for worldwide sourcing as part of a “multi-year” agreement due to commence in 2019, according to a late 2018 announcement. Business Travel News in September identified Amazon as the largest…

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