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HotelHub: Rates Keep Rising Despite ‘Concerning’ International Booking Trends

HotelHub: Rates Keep Rising Despite ‘Concerning’ International Booking Trends

Global corporate hotel booking volume continues to build, but pressure on consumer spending and hotel rate hikes have companies keeping travelers closer to home and extending trips to get a bigger bang for their buck, according to a new report from booking platform HotelHub.  The company’s director of business development, Paul Raymond, saw the data…

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In April, 85 percent of more than 600 buyer and supplier respondents told GBTA they “like” or “love” working in the business travel industry. “Once you’re in it, no matter how hard you try, you don’t leave,” said GBTA VP of education and engagement Jill Koronkiewicz. “You keep coming back. It’s inclusive and welcoming; there…

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Reaction: Responding to Scott Gillespie’s Op Ed on how today’s corporate travel market demands “long-sighted travel policies” prioritizing value and sustainability over traditional cost-cutting, readers generally agreed with the need for change. Microsoft’s Eric Bailey echoed the goal of reducing emissions and minimizing low-value trips but suggested different methods. He recommended carbon taxes and budget…

With Rates Rising, Buyers Turn To Group Purchasing Organizations For Car Rental

With Rates Rising, Buyers Turn To Group Purchasing Organizations For Car Rental

BCD Travel is forecasting car rental market price increases of between 5 percent and 7 percent this year. According to travel buyers, joining a group purchasing organization is one effective way to mitigate rate hikes.  GPOs leverage the combined spending of members to extract favorable pricing from vendors, ranging from office supplies and furniture providers…

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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…

United Move Prompts Some Buyers To Again Find Direct Channel Insufficient
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United Move Prompts Some Buyers To Again Find Direct Channel Insufficient

Surprised to find last week that United Airlines made their negotiated rates available to travelers via its website and mobile app, some corporate travel buyers took a closer look at functionality the airline built to support their needs. While United has done more than some other carriers to legitimize supplier-direct channels for managed travel, “better…

Why Corporate Hotel Rates Will Keep Rising

Why Corporate Hotel Rates Will Keep Rising

Though some forecasters expect moderation next year, corporate hotel rates continue to rise. There are several reasons, notably inflation, cost pressures and lagging corporate recovery relative to other segments. While several hotel executives in recent weeks said all three challenges were easing, they also described a “normalized” environment featuring elevated pricing levels. Buyers should expect…

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