Posted September 21, 2017

TMCs, Tech Companies Up Their Game In Rapidly Growing India

When Travelport signed Indian online travel agency MakeMyTrip as a customer last month, this was no ordinary client acquisition. MakeMyTrip, which serves more than 40 million active app users and Web customers, is the No. 1 OTA in a market hotter than a vindaloo curry for the global travel management and distribution industry. Read More »
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Posted August 8, 2017

Amex GBT Uses KDS Tech To Get At Non-GDS Content

American Express Global Business Travel is making use of aggregation technology it acquired from KDS last year to bring in content that does not reside in global distribution systems, beginning with hotels. Read More »
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Posted June 15, 2017

Mega TMCs Tout Social Responsibility Cred With Ecovadis Ratings

Last August, BCD Travel announced it was the first travel management company to reach an Ecovadis gold rating, recognizing its corporate social responsibility credentials. This April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel announced its own Ecovadis rating went from silver to gold. American Express Global Business Travel, meanwhile, reached silver this year. Read More »
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Posted December 16, 2016

Try As They Might, TMCs Can't Block Sabre Incentive Disclosures At Trial

Last month, each of the four mega travel management companies filed non-party memos with the federal court hearing the US Airways-Sabre antitrust case. In those, American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and HRG asked U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield to redact in-court disclosures that would reveal per-segment incentives each received from Sabre. Read More »
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Posted November 1, 2016

Panel: TMC, Tech Execs Assess Bots, Messaging And AI In Corporate Travel

At The Beat Live in Chicago last month, Sabre Labs director Mark McSpadden led a discussion on artificial intelligence, bots and messaging technologies. Alongside him were Servo founder Nadav Gur, American Express Global Business Travel vice president Evan Konwiser, FCM Travel Solutions chief strategy officer John Morhous and Pana CEO Devon Tivona. Read More »
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Posted October 13, 2016

Amex GBT's Qualantone Addresses New Surcharge On Select Airline Bookings

Many of the airlines that now cost corporate clients $10 extra to book through American Express Global Business Travel would call themselves "low-cost carriers." Amex GBT does not agree. The travel management company deems airlines that don't adopt industry standards on fare filing, booking and settlement to be "high-cost," and it has embarked on a "comprehensive" global program to pass booking and processing costs to customers. Read More »
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Posted August 30, 2016
Evan Konwiser

INTERVIEW: Amex GBT's Evan Konwiser Talks KDS Deal

American Express Global Business Travel announced an agreement to purchase booking and expense provider KDS. Amex GBT vice president of the digital traveler Evan Konwiser discussed the deal with The Beat editor-in-chief Jay Boehmer. Read More »
Posted August 17, 2016

U.S. Corporate Travel Players Weigh Options For Complying With EU Data Protection Rules

Keeping compliant with the European Union's tough personal data privacy laws used to be straightforward. The EU exercises stricter data privacy laws than the United States. That's why it also has rules ensuring that transfers of data about its citizens across the Atlantic must comply with its more stringent standards. Meanwhile, many of the corporate travel industry's dominant service providers, and thus their primary data servers, are based in the United States. They import data about individuals—including names, employers, where the employees travel and credit card details—from Europe on a daily basis, and under a framework called Safe Harbor, U.S. companies could declare they transferred data in a compliant manner. Read More »
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Posted July 13, 2016

Amex GBT, BCD And CWT Start With Data Capture In Airbnb Partnerships

After dabbling in the managed travel space for some time now, Airbnb took a step toward legitimacy by inking agreements with American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Read More »
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Posted January 29, 2016

Cindy Allen To Depart American Express GBT

Cindy Allen will leave American Express Global Business Travel less than half a year after she took on the role of chief marketing officer. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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