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Marriott Again Wants To Skip Corporate Rate Negotiations As Hotel Pricing Remains Volatile

As it and several other hotel companies did last year, Marriott International told corporate accounts it would roll over current-year negotiated rates to next year and bypass the request for proposals process. Some companies last year agreed to that approach but others held out and insisted on negotiating new rates. The hotel company is getting…

Travel Buyers Have Air, Car And Hotel Service Concerns: Availability, Capacity, Quality, Resiliency (Audio)

A trio of corporate travel buyers last week addressed their concerns about continuity in the travel supply chain, acknowledging that suppliers are in a rough spot. Hotel staffing is an issue. Would-be car renters can’t find cars. Airlines are more focused on leisure routes. Much of it is temporary, but potentially impactful to trip productivity…

Tripbam Data: Hilton Passed Marriott In Corporate Travel Share

In January and February of last year, Tripbam clients made about 80 percent more bookings with Marriott properties than they did with Hilton brands. In April, Hilton surpassed Marriott as the top hospitality company booked in the United States by corporations that use Tripbam, and it’s been that way ever since. During January 2021, Tripbam…

As Rates Fall, Corporate Travel Buyers And Hoteliers Go Back To The Table

Hotel average daily rates took a hit in many markets over the past couple of weeks as cancelations rolled in. That means deals for those traveling for business. However, it also throws the relative position of negotiated corporate rates out of whack. Travel procurement professionals and hotels are reconsidering not only the pricing that many…

More Lodging Industry Data Shows Slowing Travel Growth

Lodging industry performance reports and forecasts published this week by research firms showed continued weakness. They are the latest data points reflecting or predicting a general softening, including for business travel. For the week ended Nov. 17, STR reported lower U.S. occupancy (down 1.9 percentage points year over year to 64.2 percent), a slightly lower…

Recession ‘Almost Tangible’ In Corporate Travel, But Signals Are Mixed

Chicago — The next economic recession always is a matter of when. Currently in a 10-year run of strong performance, the travel industry is starting to produce indicators suggesting a downturn may come sooner than later.  There is a full basket of complications, topped by a simmering U.S.-China trade war. Adding uncertainty are Brexit, multiple…

Results Are In: Corporates Held The Line On Negotiated 2019 Hotel Rates, Tripbam Clients Did Better

With another annual contracting season mostly in the rear view, the three largest travel management companies reported modest increases in their clients’ negotiated corporate hotel rates for 2019. At properties in North America, the average contracted rate is up around 1 percent from 2018. Tripbam CEO Steve Reynolds said his clients secured corporate rates that averaged…

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