Reporters Notebook

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Hosts A Rallying Cry For Decarbonizing Aviation

At its annual convention this month in Orlando, the Global Business Travel Association delivered on a promise to make sustainability a primary focus. It announced new initiatives for buyer and supplier members while speakers used the soapbox to implore the industry to leverage its enormous spending power to kickstart sustainable aviation fuel funding.  Sustainability encompasses…

Reporter’s Notebook: Announcements Timed With GBTA Convention Address Recovery, Risk, Service

The Global Business Travel Association on Wednesday welcomed back its Media Day event at the start of the annual convention. More series of presentations than press conference, the event requires presenters — companies that sponsor or exhibit at the convention and pay extra to be involved — to agree to withhold their announcements until the…

Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…

Reporter’s Notebook: Buyers Muse On The Keys To Corporate Travel Management’s Future

Industry observers can’t resist the temptation to speculate on what new or revived business habits are permanent or how the travel manager role will change. Corporate travel buyers and other experts speaking during a pair of July 20 virtual events offered their best guesses about the processes and dynamics that will outlast the end of…

Reporter’s Notebook: Corporate Travel Management’s Stature Grows With Complexity

Corporate travel managers are setting up for business travel recovery, but unknowns await. Intel is king. Duty of care is adapting. Sustainability initiatives are further eroding internal meetings and travel. The C-suite is listening. These were among the notable themes in discussions taped for or conducted during SAP Concur’s June 17 Travel Industry Summit. Amid…

Reporter’s Notebook: Digital Health Credentials, Dynamic Hotel Pricing, TMC Relationships

Read on for the latest industry discussions about digital passports, dynamic hotel pricing and TMC relationships. Providers of so-called digital health passports continue to add partnerships with airlines, airports and other entities to ease international travel. Starting with verifiable, negative Covid test results, the systems now are working to add proof of vaccination. Air transport…

Reporter’s Notebook: Feds On Health Passports, Buyers On TMC Services, Hotel Sourcing Strategies, Going Green In Lodging

Today’s industry dialogue is all about how and when business travel comes back. A big part of the how is making travelers feel confident and streamlining their journeys. Many see digital health passports as an answer. The U.S. government last week indicated it would provide guidelines for new health credential systems. A panel of government…

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