Posted April 13, 2017

30SecondsToFly Has Sights On AI Travel Management, Not Just Booking

At this stage of her career development, Claire is training to become a travel agent. She's still learning how to interact with travelers for booking. Trip cancellations and changes are especially challenging, so a supervisor has to step in. Claire's career goal is to become a corporate travel manager. It's an ambitious plan, since Claire is software wrapped in a bot brought to you by 30SecondsToFly, a startup that is building an "artificially intelligent employee for corporate travel management." Read More »
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Posted April 10, 2017

CTM Preps Homegrown Online Booking System For U.S. Market

The number of travel management companies with homegrown online booking tools in the United States is relatively small, but Australia-based Corporate Travel Management plans to join their ranks this year with the launch of its Lightning system. Read More »
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Posted April 3, 2017

Radius Enlists Leisure-Focused mTrip For Multinational App Development

Global travel management company network Radius Travel has signed a partnership with Montreal-based mobile services provider mTrip to build an app for multinational clients of Radius. Read More »
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Posted March 28, 2017

Travelport Preps 'Shrink-Wrapped' Mobile Tech For Agencies

Travelport this summer plans to release a more "genericized" mobile offering for "second-tier travel agencies," based on mobile technology the company picked up in its 2015 acquisition of Dublin-based Mobile Travel Technologies, Travelport CEO Gordon Wilson said. Read More »
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Posted March 24, 2017

FlightStats, Gant And United Work On A More 'Perfect Waiver' Process

When severe weather and other disruptions strike, airlines issue waivers that allow travelers to rebook or cancel flights without the typical fees. Yet, carriers have used manual methods to pass waiver information to travel agencies like emails or posts on their websites. Read More »
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Posted March 14, 2017

Most Comments On DOT's Suspended Distribution RFI Were Penned By Travel Tech Lobby

More than 99 percent of the roughly 57,000 public comments filed in response to a federal inquiry into airline distribution practices are based on a pre-written template created by The Travel Technology Association, the lobbying group for online travel agencies, metasearch operators and global distribution systems. Read More »
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Posted March 13, 2017

GUEST: Jim Davidson Asks, Have We Finally Had Our Fill Of Full Content?

Ever since the jury verdict was returned in the Sabre-US Airways antitrust trial in federal court in New York City in December, a lot of us have been mulling over the fate of GDS-prescribed full content provisions contained in most airline-GDS distribution agreements. Read More »
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Posted March 8, 2017

Sabre Boosts Airline Schedule Updates

Sabre this month expects to complete a worldwide rollout of what it called "real-time" airline schedule data for global distribution system subscribers. Sabre previously updated schedule data only twice a week. The frequency boost, aided by FlightGlobal, should reduce sales failures caused by schedule changes and give travel bookers more reliable flight information. Read More »
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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 »
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Posted February 10, 2017

Egencia Looks To Double Sales In Four Years, Bulk Up Sales Force

Last year, Egencia's gross bookings rose 17 percent from 2015 to reach $6.4 billion, and Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Thursday the company's corporate travel arm aims "to double over the next four years." Read More »
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