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Travel Management Company Consolidation Looms

In a Jan. 29 Business Travel News column, SAP Concur Travel president Charlie Sultan  predicted that distribution changes would “disrupt” travel management company revenue streams and combine with tech investment pressures to prompt “further TMC consolidation.” He didn’t cover Concur’s role. Parent SAP considered buying CWT but decided against it last week, according to sources…

Notebook: Searching For Better Travel Data, International SOS Endorses Spotnana

As part of its mission to support client employees’ safety, security and well-being, risk management firm International SOS processes 20 million passenger name records a week. Between 1.5 percent and 2 percent have errors, according to the firm’s global travel industry relations VP, Wendy Stachowiak. That’s a lot. But with some new mutual clients using…

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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…

Spotnana Gets Walmart Nod As Partner CWT Trades Equity For Reduced Debt

Retail giant Walmart began a pilot with Spotnana to make use of airline NDC distribution. “We have decided that we are going to roll out through Spotnana starting with some of our U.S. travelers,” said Theresa Gehler, global travel procurement director for the $611 billion retailer, during a Thursday Spotnana-sponsored webinar hosted by The BTN…

Big Three Results Manifest Divergent Airline Distribution Strategies

Arguably the first quarter since before the pandemic in which year-over-year comparisons are instructive, the three-month period ending in June produced financial results for the big three U.S. airlines that attested to trends in distribution. Overall, the airlines paid out more than $1.6 billion in an expense category comprised predominantly of travel agency, global distribution…

CWT Partners With Spotnana

CWT and Spotnana are preparing to announce an alliance in which the former offers its customers services powered by the latter’s tech, according to people familiar with the matter. The companies did not comment. They also declined to comment on information from sources suggesting that Walmart intends to use Spotnana internally, following similar word about…

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