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‘It’s All Just Wild’: Tech Startups Reach A New Peak Of Froth

Much of the impact that venture-backed business travel startups will have on travel management remains to be seen, but they’ve certainly made a mark on financing, industry dialogue and the battle for small and medium-sized accounts. For tech startups generally, reporting by Erin Griffith finds, there’s no slowdown in sight. How crazy is the money…

Steve Singh, Thorsen And Other Notables To Unveil Corporate Travel Startup This Week

Steve Singh of Concur fame is back in corporate travel as chair of a Bay Area startup called Spotnana, which is due to reveal itself this week. Also involved are entrepreneur and travel risk management veteran Johnny Thorsen, travel management company disruptor Sarosh Waghmar and former SAP Concur sales executive Bill Tillman. In response to…

Startups Beat Varied Paths On ‘Balancing Act’ Of Travel Management Company Partnerships

Business travel startups face tough choices as they mature. TripActions and TravelPerk remain independent as their investors raise stakes in what is not a get-rich-quick industry. Others could be acquired by existing travel management companies. Then there is a middle ground. Some new entrants are attempting to leverage TMC partnerships even though that means sharing…

Evolving Content Needs Highlight Differences Among Self-Booking Tools

Under the threat of increased content fragmentation, travel management companies and corporate travel booking tools can earn their stripes by integrating multiple sources. Each has its own approach to the age-old challenge made new by the emergence of NDC. SAP Concur last month told TMCs that for its online booking tool, they must decide to “present…

Adelman, WTMC Sign On To Use 30Seconds’ Claire; World Travel Inc. To Test

Corporate travel management companies Adelman and WTMC will use the 30SecondsToFly Claire artificial intelligence/chat service, and World Travel Inc. plans to test the same. Claire offers bookings​​ by natural language processing through SMS, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype and web chat. It learns and applies traveler preferences, booking habits and policies. On the agency side, a CRM…

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