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Travel Management Companies Rethink Spotnana Following Direct Travel Buy

Direct Travel’s acquisition by investors led by Steve Singh is a bold move that comes with risks. Spotnana, in particular, already faced sticking points on the economics of collaboration with travel management companies. One of the largest TMCs familiar with those issues has called the Direct Travel buy a game changer. “They have moved, from…

Corporate Travel Data Trio: Domestic Airfares Keep Falling

U.S. government domestic airfare data published a few weeks ago showed a deepening downward trend. A few Wall Street analysts and Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that information did not reflect market realities. But data from several other airfare benchmarking sources, including a trio of corporate travel data handlers, formed a consensus: despite solid demand…

Polls Show Signs Of Optimism As Corporate Travel Remains Off By Roughly 70 Percent Versus 2019

The latest in a recurring survey by the Global Business Travel Association showed growing optimism among corporate travel buyers regarding their colleagues’ willingness to travel. Seventy-five percent of 290 buyer members from around the world last week indicated their companies’ employees were “very” or “somewhat” willing to travel for business “in the current environment,” according…

CWT, Direct Travel Join Travel Management Company Coalition Advocating For Reopening Borders

A little over a year ago, as the pandemic ramped up, five of the largest corporate travel management companies banded together and hired a Washington lobbying firm. They wanted to ensure their sector’s plight was understood by lawmakers debating early relief packages. Now focused on easing international travel restrictions, the effort recently welcomed two more…

Questions For GBTA’s Next Executive Director

The corporate travel profession’s only U.S.-based, dues-generating membership association is hoping to announce its new executive director soon. Filling the role on an interim basis, initially through the end of 2020, Dave Hilfman now likely will stay on the job through the end of this month. The new full-time, professional leader of GBTA’s paid staff…

Travel Managers Consider Company Role In Employee Vaccinations

Covid-19 vaccinations are underway, and the light from the end of the tunnel is around the corner. Between here and there lies much work for employers struggling with how to build workforce immunity. Travel managers are in the thick of it. Should companies mandate vaccinations where and when they’re available to employees? What about specifically…

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