Posted February 17, 2017

Tripbam In, TripRebel Out For European Hotel Shopping Tech

Both Tripbam and TripRebel have targeted the corporate market with software that re-shops booked hotels for better deals. The former is expanding into Europe with a London office and expanded language, content and currency capabilities. The latter recently went insolvent. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted February 1, 2017

CWT CEO Ekert Talks Strategy, Tech Investment, Hotel Solutions And Cuts

Last April, Carlson Wagonlit Travel appointed Travelport vet Kurt Ekert as CEO. After nine months on the job, he has retooled the organization, including a revamped executive team, and embarked on a refreshed strategy. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 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 »
Posted by: Julie Sickel | More by Julie Sickel
Posted July 13, 2016

Major Travel Suppliers Buy Into Open Data Exchange From Jeff Katz And BCG

Orbitz Worldwide founding chairman, president and CEO Jeff Katz and Boston Consulting Group are coming out with an ambitious plan for an open-source travel industry operating system that already has won buy-in and investments from American Airlines, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corp., InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and United Airlines. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted June 9, 2016

Hilton Touts Direct-Booking Gains But Sees OTA Backlash

Since the February launch of its 'Stop Clicking Around' campaign, Hilton Worldwide has seen its mobile app downloads rise, loyalty program enrollment surge and direct bookings increase 10 percent year over year. It also has seen a "couple" of online travel agencies de-preference its hotels in search results and showcase only "very basic" Hilton listings, vice president of global OTA and wholesale Stephen Fitzgerald said this week during the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
Posted May 12, 2016

GUEST: CWT's Eric Jongeling On Hotel Book-Direct Initiatives

Carlson Wagonlit Travel ‎director of hotel solutions Eric Jongeling doesn't expect managed travel programs to be severely impacted by book-direct campaigns enacted by major hotels. Read More »
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Posted October 12, 2015
Greg O'Hara

INTERVIEW: Certares Founder, American Express GBT Chairman Greg O'Hara

Arlington, Va.—Last year, a group led by Certares and its founder, Greg O'Hara, invested $900 million in American Express Global Business Travel, establishing a 50-50 joint venture with American Express. Now, the longtime industry power broker is chairman of American Express Global Business Travel; sits on the board of Travel Leaders, in which Certares also has invested; and is looking far and wide for more places in travel and related sectors to inject capital. Previously chief investment officer of JPMorgan Chase's Special Investments Group and managing director of JPMorgan private equity arm, One Equity Partners, he has held executive roles at Worldspan and Sabre and has sat on the boards of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Travelport, Worldspan and others. O'Hara sat down with The Beat Editor-in-Chief Jay Boehmer at The Beat Live conference here last week for an on-stage interview. An edited transcript follows. Read More »
Posted September 4, 2015

The Hotel Attachment Problem

The Beat editor-in-chief, Jay Boehmer, recently reported on Christopherson Business Travel’s new hotel compliance system, Hotel Attachment. The article and its title, “Christopherson Thinks It Has Solved The Hotel Attachment Problem,” were bold and certainly provocative. I’m not surprised that some responses were somewhere between curious and even incredulous. Read More »
Posted by: Mike Cameron | More by Mike Cameron
Posted August 31, 2015

Up In Smoke: eCommission Solutions, Estranged Partner Tangle In Court After Office Fire

A February 2014 fire that tore through an Alpharetta, Ga., office building not only destroyed the headquarters of hotel commission-collection technology provider CTS Systems but also helped torch its relationship with technology firm eCommission Solutions. Now, a U.S. district court is sifting through the embers. Read More »
Posted by: Chris Davis | More by Chris Davis
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