Valerie Wilson Travel

Counting On ‘Endemic’: The Travel Industry Readies For A Potentially New Phase

By Ceylan Yeginsu, with Aina Jabeen Khan contributing from London. In Britain and Denmark most coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, including mask mandates; Austria and the Netherlands have eased lockdown measures despite surges in cases, and in late January, the European Union recommended that vaccinated residents should not be required to undergo testing or quarantine…

Op Ed: Katharine Farrell On What Brands Need To Consider Following Acquisitions

Executing an acquisition or merger can be tricky, and there have been several in the corporate travel space recently. Katharine Farrell of the Dots & Lines consultancy looks back at previous examples of brand consolidation in the industry and contemplates the pros and cons. May was an interesting month for the corporate travel industry. The…

What The American Express Global Business Travel-Egencia Deal Would Mean (Think Hotels)

The planned acquisition by American Express Global Business Travel of Egencia has multiple implications depending on the party in question. For GBT, it’s about scale, particularly in the online midmarket. GBT has long coveted this segment, which has a fresh batch of well-funded competition. The deal will avail GBT’s big corporate accounts of more attractive…

American Express GBT Diversifies Services While Everyone Is A VIP Traveler, For Now

Buying Ovation Travel Group boosts American Express Global Business Travel’s high-touch service. Ovation made a name for itself in that area and sometimes provides travel and related services to executives at companies that use other TMCs for the rank and file. In the current environment, higher levels of agency support could help more people get…

Amex GBT Introduces $25 Contact Fee For Certain Clients, Sees Room For Subscriptions And Professional Services Models

American Express Global Business Travel has a new “contact fee.” It applies when agents communicate by phone or email with employees of clients that pay GBT on a transaction basis but no transaction occurs. The program is rolling out worldwide and began in the United States at $25 per call or email. The discussion about…

SME-Focused Booking Tool PSNGR1 Turns To The TMC Channel

A handful of travel management companies is looking closely at four-year-old PSNGR1, a booking tool for both travelers and advisors. Generally designed for smaller and midsize clients, the system offers connections to NDC-compliant channels, a Next Generation Storefront display and a fresh interface with new collaborative travel planning and chatting components. Executives with the TMCs…

The Future Of Travel Management Companies: Part One, Staffing

“Green shoots” are nice but transaction counts for most travel management companies as of last week remained between 3 percent and 15 percent of last year’s levels. Emotionally, that is a million times better than cancellations outstripping bookings. TMCs are seeing gains every week. More than a dozen of their executives speaking with The Company…

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