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Frustrated With Airlines’ GDS Bypass Programs And Threats, BCD Travel Pays Microsoft To Build An Agent Desktop

BCD Travel is paying Microsoft about $20 million for a multi-GDS search and booking desktop system that also could help agents manage bookings made outside…

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NuTravel, Delta Build Out Direct Business Travel Booking

When ARC this week announced its investment in nuTravel, the latter’s CEO referenced a new “global airline” customer. Looks like it’s Delta. “At the end…

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NuTravel (And Hilfman) Joins ARC, Blockskye And Traxo To Accelerate Direct Airline Distribution For Business Travel

Airlines Reporting Corp. this month acquired a majority stake in technology developer nuTravel. NuTravel will operate as an independent subsidiary and deliver managed business travel…

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Coupa Buys Yapta, Which Was Part-Owned By Concur

Coupa acquired Yapta, the thirteen-year-old hotel and airfare price assurance firm named for “Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant.” Yapta had raised more than $25 million…

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Posted in Methods Reporting Suppliers

IRS Sets Use Of Personal Vehicle Standard Reimbursement Rate At 57.5 Cents Per Mile For 2020, But You Might Save By Tracking Actual Expenses

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday announced the standard per-mile reimbursement rate for business use of personal vehicles would be 57.5 cents for next…

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To Make A Virtual Agent, IBM Says, Put The Conversation Before The Device

IBM isn’t interested in building a booking engine, but its researchers are working to help business travelers with the post-booking trip experience. The tech giant…

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Some Suppliers Are Attending To Traveler Well-Being, But Corporate Policies Are Behind

While some companies help employees manage the physical and mental rigors of business travel, many more do not, according to experts and new research. In…

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