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GBTA Survey Finds Email Still Rules In Travel Program Communications

One of the biggest challenges of the pandemic for organizational travel program managers is keeping up with changing information and updating travelers on what they need to know. A late summer 2021 poll released last week by the Global Business Travel Association examined travel program communications from the perspectives of more than 500 U.S.-based managed…

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What Makes Spotnana Different, According To Its Plan

New York – Spotnana officials have been calling it the AWS of travel, but the reference only gets you so far outside tech and investment circles. Concepts like open stack and microservices help a little. In corporate travel, though, people want to know whether you are attempting to be a GDS, an OBT, a TMC…

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Former Travelport, CWT Exec Kurt Ekert Joins Sabre As President

Sabre on Wednesday said former CWT president and CEO Kurt Ekert, who previously spent 14 years as a leader with Travelport and related organizations, would become its president as of Jan. 3. Sean Menke retains the CEO role. The move builds “a leadership team for the future of Sabre,” according to a press statement. A…

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Positioned For More Supplier Revenue, American Express Global Business Travel Remains ‘Obsessed’ With Client Savings

That American Express Global Business Travel was growing relative to competitors was obvious before 2019. However, the presentation of numbers revealed on Friday that included recent acquisitions as though they were part of the group that full year crystalized for many industry observers the advantage that GBT’s scale is poised to deliver. That advantage will…

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Amex GBT To Go Public, Banking On SME Growth And Overall Recovery Of At Least 70 Percent By 2023

American Express Global Business Travel on Friday announced that it would offer 15 percent of its shares to the public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company Apollo Strategic Growth Capital. Expected to close during the first half of next year, the deal values Amex GBT at roughly $5 billion, would generate up to…

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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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Expecting More Non-GDS Fares, Air Canada To Launch Tool For Travel Agencies To Service Direct Bookings And Access NDC

Air Canada 18 years ago debuted fare families, a response to low-cost competition that set off a revolution in airline pricing. The company’s decision shortly thereafter to make some fares exclusive to its direct channels augured similar moves more than a decade later by big carriers in Europe and elsewhere. Is Montréal changing the game…