Posted March 31, 2016

Two Years On, United Nears Home Stretch Of Concur TripLink Integration

Following some delays, United Airlines expects to start beta testing its direct integration of Concur's TripLink with select corporate clients by July. A Concur official said United would be the first airline to go live with supplier-direct TripLink integration, joining other suppliers like major hotel operators that are already in action. Read More »
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Posted December 16, 2015

Short's Travel Beefs Up FindIt System For Hotel Shopping

This week, Short's Travel Management went live with new features for searching and transacting hotels via its FindIt system. Read More »
Posted by: Jay Boehmer | More by Jay Boehmer
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 August 19, 2015

THE BEAT SHEET: Hotel Attachment; Semantic Search And OBTs; GDS Class Action; EMD Progress

The Beat Sheet is an occasional collection of notes, quotes, musings, tips, reader comments and other tidbits from The Beat's writers. Read More »
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Posted August 17, 2015

GBTA Panel Shows Industry Far From Consensus On Open Booking

"What's taking so long?" Concur executive vice president Mike Koetting asked rhetorically during a Global Business Travel Association conference session in Orlando late last month. He was referring to the industry's embrace of open booking and, indirectly, to his company's own TripLink offering. Read More »
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Posted December 8, 2014

The Buyers' Table On Traveler Engagement And Mobile Technology

The Buyers' Table, conceived as a panel discussion among four corporate travel buyers unafraid to speak their minds about the state of the industry, is a perennial highlight of The Beat Live conference. Read More »
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Posted October 9, 2014

Study: One In Five Companies Suited For 'Managed Travel 2.0'

Sometimes used interchangeably—though not necessarily accurately—with "open booking," the concept of Managed Travel 2.0 isn't for everybody. The way global sales and marketing consulting firm ZS Associates figured it, Managed Travel 2.0 is a suitable option for about 20 percent of the 202 travel programs it studied. Read More »
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Posted August 11, 2014

Glenn Hollister, ZS Associates

Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of discussion, hype and argument about open booking and Managed Travel 2.0. Unfortunately, most of the discussion has been based on opinions and solitary case studies. The question remains: is there real demand for this new way of managing travel or not? Read More »
Posted July 31, 2014

Concur Not Neglecting Traditional OBT Amid TripLink Development

Los Angeles - Concur used the occasion of this week's Global Business Travel Association conference here to discuss the latest developments for its TripLink open booking service, including Starwood's activation and plans to bring Airbnb into the fold by this fall. Read More »
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Posted July 10, 2014

Concur (Finally) Adds An Airline To TripLink

Concur on Thursday announced that it has partnered with United Airlines to facilitate direct bookings via the TripLink open-booking platform. Read More »
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