Posted October 12, 2017

Amex GBT Eyes Integrated T&E Play But Has To Sit On Expense Sidelines For Now

Well before it acquired KDS, American Express Global Business Travel set its sights on offering its own proprietary booking technology. Last year's acquisition of KDS brought booking tech to Amex GBT and a wholly owned expense system to boot. An integrated T&E technology offering from the mega travel management company is on the horizon, CEO Doug Anderson said last week during The Beat Live conference, but for now, GBT has to sit on the expense sidelines. Read More »
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Posted September 11, 2017

TMC Partners Mostly Warm On Concur Hipmunk Small Business Plan

In a memo to Concur's preferred travel management company partners last week, EVP of supplier and TMC services Mike Koetting called small businesses the industry's "white whale." With its new Concur Hipmunk product for unmanaged travel, Concur has sharpened its harpoon and joined plenty of would-be Captain Ahabs. Read More »
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Posted September 8, 2017

NuTravel Sells OBT, Shifts Focus To Airline Portal Business

NuTravel president and CEO Carmine Carpanzano will readily admit that the corporate booking tool business is tough, especially for a small company going toe-to-toe with a well-capitalized giant like Concur. Read More »
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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
Dara Khosrowshahi

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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