Posted November 1, 2016

Panel: TMC, Tech Execs Assess Bots, Messaging And AI In Corporate Travel

At The Beat Live in Chicago last month, Sabre Labs director Mark McSpadden led a discussion on artificial intelligence, bots and messaging technologies. Alongside him were Servo founder Nadav Gur, American Express Global Business Travel vice president Evan Konwiser, FCM Travel Solutions chief strategy officer John Morhous and Pana CEO Devon Tivona. 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 25, 2016

Yapta Challenger FairFly Casts A Wider Net For Fare Savings

Yapta has gained a solid hold on the corporate market with its FareIQ airfare price-assurance offering. Now, a challenger is emerging: FairFly, like FareIQ, monitors booked flights for savings opportunities that result from price fluctuations that occur between booking and departure. Read More »
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Posted October 6, 2016

Just How Big Is Concur Travel Anyway?

It was 10 years ago when Concur entered the corporate booking market with the acquisition of Outtask. Since then, it has established itself not only as the dominant expense system in the United States but also the most-used corporate booking tool by several measures. Read More »
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Posted September 28, 2016

GUEST: NDC Provides 'No Discernible Contributions' For Travel Sellers

Christian Kameir, a former exec with travel management company Traveltrust and CEO of travel market startup noGDS, submitted this column on the International Air Transport Association's New Distributi... Read More »
Posted September 21, 2016

Distributor Trade Bodies Seek To Centralize Coordination With IATA, Not Form Rival Standards

Amid the International Air Transport Association's ongoing formulation of standards for distribution and financial services, two trade bodies that represent global distribution systems and online travel agencies have centralized their coordination with IATA and other standards-making bodies. Read More »
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Posted September 20, 2016

Sabre Looks Outside Travel Industry In CEO Search

Sabre is looking at candidates outside the travel industry and with a technology background in its search to replace Tom Klein as chief executive. Read More »
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Posted September 15, 2016

GDS Trade Bodies Form 'Counterpart' Group On IATA Standards

Two trade bodies representing global distribution systems and online travel agencies informed the International Air Transport Association this month that they have established a new working group "to be the distribution industry’s counterpart of IATA in matters of airline distribution and financial services standard setting." 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 September 7, 2016

Serko Sees Early Interest In Integrated Small Business Offering, Plots Expansion

New Zealand-based corporate travel and expense technology provider Serko is reporting that its new Serko.travel platform has garnered early interest in launch markets Australia and New Zealand. CEO Darrin Grafton is plotting an expansion of the integrated travel management technology platform for small and midsize businesses to other markets, including the United States. Read More »
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