Posted June 27, 2017

Concur Leans On Travelfusion For Airline NDC Connections

Concur has established its own direct connections to a few airlines so bookers can access content not readily available through global distribution systems. However, the SAP-owned T&E giant now is leaning on aggregator Travelfusion to hook up with carriers using the International Air Transport Association's New Distribution Capability standard, Concur SVP of supplier services Charlie Sultan said last week during a panel at an American Airlines NDC summit in Dallas. Read More »
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Posted May 26, 2017

BA And Iberia Announce GDS Surcharge

International Airlines Group carriers British Airways and Iberia finally announced to the travel trade this morning a long-expected charge for bookings through indirect channels such as global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted May 18, 2017

How Many Trip Options Do Bookers Need? One Will Do For Daimler

Many travel buyers obsess over supplier deals and policy compliance as they try to keep a lid on travel costs. Yet, "the real cost driver is the fact that we are generating a lot of administrative efforts with our travelers," Daimler head of global travel management Bernd Burkhardt said in a recent interview. Read More »
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Posted March 2, 2017

Concur Co-Founder Steve Singh's Corporate Card Startup To Launch This Month

Concur co-founder Steve Singh has made no attempt to keep hush-hush on his latest business endeavor, a company called Center ID that touches on corporate payment, digital wallets, identity management and small business spend controls. Read More »
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Posted February 3, 2017

Concur Embarks On Message Bot With Slack Integration

Concur is beta testing a bot with group messaging system Slack that can support simple T&E tasks via a conversational interface. It marks the beginning of Concur's foray into the buzzed about world of messaging interfaces and bots. Read More »
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Posted October 27, 2016
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INTERVIEW: Expedia Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

In a keynote address on innovation at The Beat Live last week, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed how the pace of innovation is accelerating, how experimentation and collaboration nurture innovation and how "perfect is the enemy of innovation." Along with that, he shared a philosophy on the virtue of making "small bets" in various areas versus making "big bets" in one or two. Following his address, Khosrowshahi took the stage to field questions on innovation, the corporate travel market and Expedia's bets—big and small—in travel. Read More »
Posted October 19, 2016

The Beat Readers' Choice Awards: Delta Tops Airlines, CWT Leads TMCs

Readers of The Beat chose Delta Air Lines as the Most Admired Airline as well as Supplier of the Year, two honors the carrier has been awarded for five consecutive years. Read More »
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Posted September 14, 2016

Concur: Hipmunk Will Influence Our Enterprise User Experience

Concur's deal to acquire metasearch operator Hipmunk, announced Tuesday, won't have an immediate impact on the user experience or design of Concur's enterprise travel offerings. Yet, in the acquisition, Concur executive vice president of travel Tim MacDonald sees an innovator in travel search and user experience that, down the road at least, will influence the tools Concur provides to corporate users. Read More »
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Posted July 21, 2016

Sabre Rethinks Its Corporate Travel Assets With Integrated Platform Plan

Sabre has Concur in its sights as it pulls together a mobile-focused corporate offering that brings GetThere's booking capabilities into TripCase, folds in virtual payment capabilities, widens the door to third-party developers, provides deeper ties to expense partners and puts it all in what the company calls a "consumer-grade" wrapper. Read More »
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Posted May 23, 2016

Gant Attributes Growth, And Lots Of Change, To Concur

A few years ago, when Gant Travel Management emerged as an early backer of Concur's TripLink program, CEO Patrick Linnihan stated that his goal was to be "the world's best TMC for the Concur Travel and Expense user." Linnihan discussed how Gant's commitment to Concur factored into a change in ownership and agency-network affiliation, a newly installed mid office system and executive appointments. Read More »
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