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Tools Emerge To Help Travelers, Buyers And Bosses Decide Whether To Go Or Stay

To stay or go? To meet and how? What’s it worth? Risk calculators from academics and others are helping members of the general population make up their minds about going out and doing things. Decision fatigue applies to business development, networking and training as much as it does holiday family gatherings. If you have had…

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…

Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Case For A Bold New Travel Policy

Scott Gillespie of tClara warned that his advice here would make “old-school” procurement folks gnash their teeth. “So be it,” he said. The sustainability issue is rising quickly up the executive agenda. The problem is what to do about it from a business travel perspective. I see a boldly simple but controversial solution with broader…

McKinsey To Corporate Travel Managers: Seek Insights On Resuming Travel From Intermediary Data

McKinsey & Company on Wednesday published its latest assessment of the “comeback of corporate travel,” and it’s not bad. That is, the evaluation neatly summarizes many of the pandemic-driven issues corporate travel leaders are grappling with, and the outlook isn’t the end of the world. The management consultancy sees 80 percent of 2019 volume coming…

Op Ed: Scott Gillespie On The Folly Of Blanket Bans On Internal Corporate Travel

Industry thinker Scott Gillespie of tClara is focused on determining which trips are and aren’t worthwhile. He advocates using a scalpel rather than a sledgehammer to cut away unjustified travel, and avoiding the trap of greenlighting trips only when employees go see customers. Nobody knows what travel budgets should be in 2021, but we do…

Scott Gillespie Creates Patent-Pending Trip Justification Tool For New Era Of Business Travel Demand Management

Should you Zoom or should you go?  Veteran travel industry advisor Scott Gillespie developed a simple tool to help decide. There are others, and he expects more. There’s pent-up demand for in-person connections, but Covid brought new obstacles to whether and how they’re made. The reduction in office use, widespread adoption of virtual conferencing technology…

Walmart Seeks Patent On Corporate Travel Contract Optimization

When you’re a big corporation, you can get nice volume discounts. When you’re the biggest, you get to reinvent how they’re used. Walmart seems to be at it again. The $524 billion retailer’s tech group built something specifically to optimize utilization of, negotiations for and supplier compliance to travel contracts. In spring 2019, the company…

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