‘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…

TravelPerk: Costs Are Five Times Less Than Those Of ‘Normal’ TMCs

TravelPerk’s valuation tops $1 billion partly because its per-trip costs are five times lower than those of traditional travel management companies, according to its chief commercial officer. “TripActions and TravelPerk are measured like Software-as-a-Service companies, such as Workday, Slack or Zendesk, and not like an Amex or a more traditional travel company,” said TravelPerk CCO…

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One Step In A Long ‘Journey,’ TripActions Wins Multinational B2B Info Specialist Informa

After seven years with Egencia, $2.3 billion U.K.-based multinational events and research company Informa is targeting February to implement TripActions for workers in 28 countries. After the well-capitalized new entrant caught the eye of Informa’s travel manager of nearly 10 years, Melissa Willock, it bested four competitors in a roughly four-month bake-off involving six divisions…

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Amex GBT Claims ‘Highest’ Net Promoter Scores Based On McKinsey Survey It Won’t Share

Among the materials made public last week by American Express Global Business Travel was a chart showing how the Net Promoter Score for Egencia and Amex GBT exceeded those of some key rivals, in some cases by quite a bit. GBT didn’t conduct the study; McKinsey & Co. ran it in July and August for…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Announcements Timed With GBTA Convention Address Recovery, Risk, Service

The Global Business Travel Association on Wednesday welcomed back its Media Day event at the start of the annual convention. More series of presentations than press conference, the event requires presenters — companies that sponsor or exhibit at the convention and pay extra to be involved — to agree to withhold their announcements until the…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…

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Leading The Recovery And Inundated With Spend Management Options, U.S. SMEs Get One From Amex GBT

The largest player is after the market’s smallest accounts, which by many accounts are leading the business travel recovery. Continuing a customer segmentation strategy, American Express Global Business Travel last week brought to the United States an employee spend management solution for small and medium-sized enterprises first introduced last year in the United Kingdom. With…