As Associations Explore Virtual Payment Standards, Providers Push Solutions

Corporate travel players continue to smooth out the seams in virtual payment use, especially at hotel check-in where confusion remains commonplace.

Sabre is testing the placement of virtual payment indicators along with booking info in its global distribution system. Associations are working on a new payment "channel" that would operate in parallel to booking channels. For HRS, the recent acquisition of mobile tech specialist Conichi was largely about supporting its automated payment products.

Conichi transmits to 600 participating hotels various traveler details to automate check-in and check-out processes. That includes payment information . . .

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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