Posted October 18, 2011

Re: The Buyer's Table

I read with interest your "Buyer's Table" discussion among travel management specialists about travel management companies and also about global distribution systems. Data management is obviously a challenge but I doubt that any TMC can do a superior job than a well-organized corporate travel manager.

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Posted October 17, 2011

No Worries Re Direct Connect

In my last blog post, I bemoaned the apparent "issue burnout" around 'Direct Connect-Ancillary Services' that I saw at The Beat Live. To me this is a critical issue because it underscores our industry's need for technology innovation and financial transparency in the distribution chain.

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Posted October 17, 2011 - Las Vegas
Steve Singh

INTERVIEW: Concur Chairman and CEO Steve Singh, Part One

Concur chairman and CEO Steve Singh last month here sat in The Beat Live Hot Seat, fielding questions from The Beat founder Jay Campbell, readers and audience members about Concur's master plan, mobile offerings and other topics. The first part of the discussion follows. Read More »
Posted October 13, 2011 - Las Vegas

The Buyer's Table, Part Three: It Takes A Village

This third and final installment of The Buyer's Table, moderated by The Beat founder Jay Campbell here last month, covers a lot of ground. Maria Chevalier of Hewlett-Packard, Steven Mandelbaum of The Advisory Board Company, Jennifer Steinke of US Foodservice, Rita Visser of Oracle and The Beat Live audience discuss perks, priorities and pitfalls related to traveler tracking, social media and mobile technology. In many ways, TMCs are embedded in all those aspects, or should be, according to the p Read More »
Posted October 12, 2011 - Las Vegas

The Buyer's Table, Part Two: Taking TMCs To Task

Maria Chevalier of Hewlett-Packard, Steven Mandelbaum of The Advisory Board Company, Jennifer Steinke of US Foodservice, Rita Visser of Oracle and The Beat Live audience are back for the this second installment of The Buyer's Table, moderated by The Beat founder Jay Campbell here last month. Read More »
Posted October 11, 2011 - Las Vegas

The Buyer's Table, Part One: 'Prepping For The Inevitable'

Starting with the premise that travel buyers don't have a seat at the airline-GDS negotiating table, a panel discussion here at The Beat Live last month became a refreshingly blunt conversation about what buyers want from travel management partners. Read More »
Posted October 3, 2011

The Beat Live ... One Little Worry

The Beat Live wrapped up almost two weeks ago. It was a great forum as always, and anyone who hasn't attended should, because you won't find another venue with so much candor on display. One thing that still bothers me, though, was that it became de rigeur to mention how tired 'we' all are of direct connect discussions. Read More »
Posted by: TRWTravel | More by TRWTravel
Posted September 29, 2011 - Las Vegas
Mike Premo

INTERVIEW: ARC President And CEO Mike Premo

The Beat founder Jay Campbell and members of The Beat Live audience here last week interviewed ARC president and CEO Mike Premo. An excerpt of Premo's comments on a number of topics follows.

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Posted September 21, 2011 - Las Vegas

The Beat Announces 2011 Readers' Choice Winners

The Beat here on Wednesday announced its annual Readers' Choice Award winners, with American Express taking home its fourth consecutive trophy in the payment system category. Presented during The Beat Live conference, the awards are based on a poll conducted this summer that asked readers to choose the company in each of six supplier segments they "most admire for its policies, management style and service for business clients."

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Posted September 12, 2011

The Beat Live? Boy What A Blast

I have just been reading the agenda and speaker list and boy what a blast I would have if I were there! No folks, this is not an advertorial for this event, more a recognition that at last somebody in the travel world is getting together some smart guys to air critical issues. I hope they do not let us and themselves down by blowing the opportunity to sidetrack posturing and 'company speak' to thrash out some alternative arguments.

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